Throwback Thursday: Sears Crosstown Cleaners

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Here’s a real Throwback Thursday post for ya!


Snapped inside the Sears Crosstown building here in Memphis, this sign is a fun reminder of the history of this iconic building. It’s being completely revamped in the next few years which is really exciting. Until we all enjoy the updated digs for art, education, and health programs, here are some quick facts gathered from around the internet about this Memphis throwback:

>> The style of the building is known as art deco. It was completed in the late 1920’s and closed in the 80’s.

>> Over 30,000 came out to shop on the first day Sears opened in this location.

>> It’s 14 stories tall and has 1.5 million (yes, million) square feet of space.

>> It was once THE place to shop in town, had the latest technologies and plushest offices, and a proud workforce of women.

Sources for more info (I highly recommend clicking a few of these):



And my favorite link, to a Commercial Appeal photo gallery “ABANDONED MEMPHIS: SEARS CROSSTOWN

Caitlin L. Horton

Author of Memphis Type History & Brand Strategist at Caitlin L. Horton Brand Strategy
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