I was very saddened to find out that S&R Department Store in Kingston, Ontario is closing down
S&R is a local retailer that has been a part of Kingston’s downtown for over 50 years. S&R symbolized the ability of smaller businesses and stores to survive the monstrous merciless national chains.
Although S&R was never a favourite store of mine, it had a dazzlingly unique style and character. From the large creepy elevator that was operated by some strange (but very friendly) guy, to the shelves full of one of a kind items that may have been there for years; S&R was truly different. Almost everyone who’s lived in Kingston has a memory of S&R whether they’re local Kingstonians, Queen’s students and probably some Kingston Pen (light security) inmates. Although I endorse change and progress in life I think some things should never disappear. I’m sad to see S&R go and see 80 employees lose their jobs.
S&R will start its final closing clearance sale on Wednesday April 22nd, 2009.