Part 2 Willsboro (NY) Pearl’s Department Store

Pearl’s ad Rouses Point Dannemora Keeseville Willsboro Au Sable Forks Ticonderoga (circa 1984?) (from Anderson Falls Museum ad collection)


Ad for Au Sable Forks Keesevllle and Willsboro with list of managers (December 1986 ECR?) (from Anderson Falls Museum business ad collection)

Chain: Pearl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Date Opened:  June, 1984 (source: PPR, January 24, 1985 p10A)

Date Closed: 1988 when Pearl’s Department Store, Inc. liquidated)

Street Address(es) when open (Building name/block) [Current Address]:  Main Street, NYS 22 Main Street [3759 Main St, Willsboro, NY 12996] Building was shared with Ashline Fruit Company retail store, and Marvin’s Inc., an Elizabethtown (NY) major appliance store.

Former Store(s)  in Location(s): Building was former site of Grand Union, which moved across the street to a new building.

Later Store(s) in Location(s): Eventually Adirondack Hardware

Buildings still exist?: Yes, now site of  Willsborough Hardware store (2018)

Owners, Managers, Employees:

Mara Ashline, co-manager (source: Press-Republican, January 24, 1985 p10A)

Marilyn (Curran) Strong, co-manager (Press Republican September 9, 1987 p6 wedding announcement)

Subsequent Owners if sold: Business was closed when chain went out of business in 1988.

Articles, Pictures, Ads:

Pearl’s Willsboro on Main Street – Grand Opening (Willsboro Heritage Society photo)

Adirondack Hardware store which took over space when Pearl’s closed. Old Pearl’s entrance can be seen below sign. (Willsboro Heritage Society photo)

Current view of hardware store with side windows and doors removed (Google Maps photo current as of September 2017)

Mini-Mall Plattsburg Press Republican May 15, 1984

Downtown Willsboro Reviving article (PR January 24, 1985, p101

Scam regarding fire extinguishers – Pearl’s Willsboro mention (Plattsburg Press Republican June 24, 1986)

Ad for Store Clerk (Press-Republican May 9, 1984 p26)

Marriage of co-manager Marilyn (Curran) Strong (PR September 9, 1987 p6)