Stereo Super Stores


My dad always called this place “Stereo Stupid Stores.” HAHAHAHAHHA. And I mean, like literally always. Whenever we walked past it in the mall, whenever their ad came on TV, whenever he heard the words “stereo” or “super” or “store” in regular conversation. I think we only ever actually went there once, because they were the only place in the Portland area where you could get something called a “micro-wave.”

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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3 thoughts on “Stereo Super Stores

  1. timepilot84 says:

    I worked at Tom Peterson’s during the time when he bought Stereo Super Stores. It was a huge mess that brought Tom’s empire to it’s knees. I think the biggest problem is that Tom bought the SSS stores, then continued to run them like he always had. He didn’t add furniture and appliances and turn them into full fledged Tom Peterson’s branches. If you buy a failing store and continue doing what they did, you won’t get far…

  2. mwentworth says:

    OH my, that is exactly what I called it, every single time. Good old Tom Peterson, I loved the commercials that came out after the bankruptcy when the store had been renamed Tom Petersons and Glorias’ Too, which made very clear allusion to the fact that he was incompetent to run the place and all decisions now went through his wife.
    The commercial below isn’t a very good example of that, but does feature an amazing offer of free Tom Peterson haircuts.

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