Welcome to the first episode of Down the Rhode, where we take a look at topics of local historical or pop-culture interest here in Rhode Island! Today, we’re talking about that mass retailing pioneer that few outside of our little state seem to know about. If you’re from Rhode Island, this is DEFINITELY required viewing. If you’re from elsewhere, but have ever shopped at a store like Walmart, Kmart, Target, or others, then it’s required viewing for you, too. Little did you know you’re favorite “big box” store, whatever it is, has it’s root’s in the Ann & Hope Department Stores born here in little Rhody. Let’s take a quick little stroll Down the Rhode, shall we?

0:00 Opening
0:51 Introduction
1:10 What was Ann & Hope?
1:25 Progenitor of “Big Box” Retail
1:38 Martin Chase Immigrates from Russia (Modern Day Ukraine)
1:50 The Beginnings: Chase Clothing
2:00 Secrets to Chase’s Success
2:18 Ann & Hope gets its Start
2:28 Discount Retail is Born
2:47 Where’d the Name REALLY Come From?
3:04 Brown and Ives Connection
3:27 Retail Boom and Expansion
3:54 A Completely Different Shopping Experience
4:34 First Ever Big Box Store from the Ground Up
5:16 Sam Walton and the Walmart Connection
5:56 Height and Decline
6:12 Closing Down the Department Stores
6:38 The End of What Remained
6:50 A Changing Retail Landscape
7:05 Closing Thoughts
7:37 PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!
7:47 Outro
7:57 B-Roll and Slideshow

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SELECTED SOURCES AND RESOURCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_&_Hope
https://sites.google.com/site/zayre88/closed-store-chains/ann-hope
http://www.labelscar.com/retail-relic/ann-hope-department-stores
https://www.morphyauctions.com/jamesdjulia/item/2167-390/
https://www.newbedfordguide.com/ann-hope-outlet/2013/12/03
https://web.archive.org/web/19990125084623/http://ann-hope.com/
https://web.archive.org/web/19981202015811/http://www.ann-hope.com/location.html
https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/coronavirus/ann-hope-to-close-remaining-stores-including-ones-in-seekonk-cumberland/article_d6b8b313-a6d2-5f42-91e9-c34e23e5cb0c.html

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