Remember Times Square Stores (TSS)?

When I was a kid, my dad and I used to make many trips to a store called TSS which stands for “Time Square Stores”. I remember them having a clothing department, sporting goods department, tobacco section, toy department, a candy shop and a music store called “Record World”. My pops used to spend a lot of time in Record World; bought many 45 records. I remember the toy section. Lots of bikes and board games. You could say it is similar to Wal-Mart, but looking back it felt like it was slightly more upscale. Sadly, most of these stores were closed by late 1989 and completely gone by 1990. After that we had to rely solely on “Green Acres Mall” in Valley Stream, NY.

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7 thoughts on “Remember Times Square Stores (TSS)?

  1. I remember our local TSS store fondly. It was good, but my favorite of all was Modell’s Shoppers World.

  2. Spotted Feather says:

    None of the places where I’ve lived have ever had these stores. But they look like the kind of place that I would have liked to have gone to. Sort of like Service Merchandise.

  3. I loved TSS. I still have a couple of G.I.Joe toys I remember getting there back in 83 and the Christmas tree I used up until 2001 was purchased from there back in 79 or 80. That store as well as ALEXANDER’S on Queens Blvd were my 2 favorite stores growing up. My family never, ever, went to Toys R Us……EVER, so it was up to these well stocked toy aisles to satisfy my toy thirst.

  4. GuitarAnthony says:

    YES! I remember TSS in Levittown with a Foodtown supermarket connected to it and even had an opening between the two stores so you could hit the TSS and then go food shopping. It stayed vacant when TSS went out of business until K-Mart took it over but has yet again stayed vacant for many years. Modell’s shoppers world was another favorite who had their own supermarket connected to it. More favorites were Great Eastern in East Meadow which later became a Woolco and Mays (in both Levittown & Massapequa). Great old-school department stores that are sorely missed today in the Wal-Mart world we live in.

  5. JLM says:

    I loved the Levittown one! The best part about going from TSS to Pathmark was that the security guard stapled your bag shut and he had these awesome iridescent staples I’ve never seen anyplace else.

  6. GuitarAnthony says:

    Pathmark? No, that was up a ways Hempstead Tpke. over at Nassau Mall with McCrory’s and Rickel’s and a bunch of smaller stores and at one time the BEST arcade anywhere on Long Island. It had no name (to my knowledge) but who cared? It had an arcade version of Splatterhouse!

  7. thomas cianci says:

    yes. i remember this chain of stores. when i was a kid back in the 80s, there was a time square store on nostrand ave in brooklyn. i used to go walking around every saturday with my father & we’d frequently go in there. i got some great wwf wrestling superstars & thundercats action figures there. what a great place. so sad they went out of business. i have fond memories of that place. thanks for paying homage to these stores. :)

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