2014-11-14 / Community

A Window on the Past

Fond memories: Globe Discount Dept. Store
By Craig Skelton
South Portland Historical Society


The historical society is still looking for a photograph showing the Globe Discount Department Store on Broadway. In this photo from the 1950s, see Twin City Discount occupying the space that would later become home to the Globe. If you have a photo or piece of memorabilia from the Globe, contact the South Portland Historical Society. (Courtesy photo) The historical society is still looking for a photograph showing the Globe Discount Department Store on Broadway. In this photo from the 1950s, see Twin City Discount occupying the space that would later become home to the Globe. If you have a photo or piece of memorabilia from the Globe, contact the South Portland Historical Society. (Courtesy photo) You never know when someone will have a fond memory about a time or place in South Portland. I was surprised when Ginny and Tom Soule, who are two friends now living in Saco, both remembered visiting a store I had never heard of. On the way from their Portland home to her grandparents’ cottage at Higgins Beach, Ginny recalls her family always drove over the Million Dollar Bridge and stopped at the Globe on Broadway to get supplies. The first trip of the summer season always meant her dad would buy her a beach ball at the Globe.

Tom told me he grew up on Kelsey Street and attended Kaler School. He remembers shopping there and says a classmate snitched a baseball at the Globe. As one of the many small department stores in town, it is no wonder they had everything from baseballs to beach balls.

Being one of five kids, I’ve found no shortage of meeting folks around town who were in school with one of my brothers or sisters. I ran into Kevin Conroy, who was in my sister’s class at the high school. He tells me that a close friend worked in the shoe department at the Globe. Kevin would go in just to visit his friend and try on shoes for the fun of it.

The Globe Discount Department Store at 741 Broadway was at that location from 1965 until 1973, according to a city directory. The directory indicates the building was vacant in 1974 until Yerxas’s Lawn and Garden occupied the building a year later. Over the years, the building was large enough to accommodate more than one tenant at a time and one section of the building was also known as 753 Broadway when occupied by more than one tenant, and the property offered parking on both sides of the building.

The photographic record of the Globe Discount Department Store is limited so if you have a photograph of the building or any other old photos you are willing to share with the South Portland Historical Society, please let us know. You can reach the society at its museum at 55 Bug Light Park, South Portland, ME 04106, by phone at 767-7299, or on Facebook at South Portland Historical Society.

Craig Skelton is a guest columnist and member of South Portland Historical Society.

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