Part 2 St. Johnsbury (VT) Pearl’s Department Store

Chain: Pearl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Date Opened: March 14, 1940 (16th store in Chain)

Date Closed:  JICNOte: From Frances Cohen’s chronology, store was closed around 1945 due to lease running out and war limiting merchandise.

Street Address(es) when open (Building name/block) [Current Address]: 101 Railroad Street (Randall Block)

Former Store(s)  in Location(s): ?

Later Store(s) in Location(s): ?

Buildings still exist?: ?

Owners, Managers, Employees:

  • Wilfred (Bill) Cohen, Manager, 1942 – 1945?

Subsequent Owners if sold:

Articles, Pictures, Ads:

Pearl’s – St. Johnsbury – Harry Kropsky from Potsdam opening St. JohnsburyJPG (The Advance News Ogdensburg 2-6-1940 p8)

Pearl’s St. Johnsbury remodeling was done by inhouse Guernier (Burlington Free Press January 31, 1940 p11)

Pearl’s St. Johnsbury – Article on store opening (St. Johnsbury Republican 03-11-1940 p1)

Pearl’s St Johnsbury – remodeling personnel return to Alburg (BFP 02-05-1940 p5)

Pearl’s St. Johnsbury store opening (Burlington Free Press March 11, 1940 p8)

William Cohen visits St Johnsbury from Alburg (BFP 2-19-1942, p10)

Pearl’s St. Johnsbury Wilfred Cohen moves from Alburgh to STJ as manager (BFP 05-19-1942 p5)


Pearl’s St Johnsbury – picture of Railroad Street – based on cars around 1952 (Source unknown).