CALDOR, Fordham, 1999

At Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in 1999, I passed two dead stores in the same building. For decades this was the flagship location of Alexander’s, the department store founded in 1928 by New Yorker Alexander Farkas. After the Grand Concourse branch opened in 1933 it became the largest company store in NYC. Farkas, who died in 1999, outlived his company, as Alexander’s went bankrupt and closed its eleven remaining stores, including this one, in 1992.

Alexander’s was succeeded on the Concourse by a Caldor department store branch. The company was founded in 1951 by Carl and Dorothy Bennett in Port Chester, NY. Like Alexander’s, it offered discounted merchandise. In 1999, Caldor followed other discounters like Hearns, Korvettes, Two Guys and W.t. Grant into extinction.

Today the building is occupied by a number of retailers including Marshalls and PC Richard.

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5 Responses to CALDOR, Fordham, 1999

  1. Sikandar Nirmal singh says:

    Wow caldor! That brings back memories! Long before I moved to NYC in fact long before I dreamt of moving to NYC we had caldor in Allentown/bethlehem pa area. My father died in 99 n caldor died before him down there. The building that caldor was in became another (now) relic Ames!

  2. meesalikeu says:

    the good news is fordham road shopping remains alive and well and as active as ever. also, this is where jfk gave a big campaign speech 5/5/1960:

  3. Elvin Rodriguez says:

    My parents went Christmas shopping at this site every year when it was Alexander’s. I remember the long escalator to the upper floors. (at least I thought the were really long when I was a kid).
    My mom bought me dress clothes and toys there. We took the Bx. 22 bus from Castle Hill and then walked up from Valentine Ave.
    Sometimes she drove my dad’s car and would park it on Jerome Ave and we would come the other way on Fordham Rd.
    I live in CT now. My mom is retired and lives in Puerto Rico. My dad worked for the MTA and got a good pension.
    Thank you for the pic and bringing back the memories that will never die. I love the Bronx.

  4. Bob Steiger says:

    I remember my Mom dragged me thru Alexanders and the mobs of shoppers during sales. Hated it.

  5. Josyf says:

    We used to go to this Alexanders all the time! most memorable moment: I got my 6-year-old self-stuck in the cylindrical space where the handrails wrapped at the bottom of the staircase from the men’s shop.

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