S&R Department Store in Kingston, Ontario Closing Down: Clearance Sale

S&R Kingston

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.

9 responses to “S&R Department Store in Kingston, Ontario Closing Down: Clearance Sale”

  1. Rick says:

    wow thats crazy I always had another name for this store the Sh** and rubbish store but Im sad to see it go you could find different out of the way stuff there things you couldnt get everywhere else.

    RIP S/R

  2. freestuffforme says:

    Oh, that’s too bad! When I lived in Kingston, it was the only place I could still find Cracked Pepper crackers (I forget the brand), and they were really good! I bought a suit bag for my husband there during the first year that we were married. I hope that old building doesn’t get torn down.

  3. Jackie says:

    I am sorry to hear this. I wonder why they are closing. This store was another thing that made Kingston unique.

  4. ricky says:

    i attend queens…. and my friends and i are really sad to see S&R leave.
    it is the best place to buy cheap costume stuff… and it is always a blast to wander the floors discovering random stuff. 🙁

    i wonder what will replace it…??

  5. Tracy says:

    Oh, this is so sad… I just got to visit it for the first time last September while visiting a friend in Kingston… I loved the store, and bought my baby her first pair of new shoes there… I really hope the building at least remains, it really is a part of the heritage of Kingston…. and quite a point of interest on the Trolly tour….

  6. Theresa says:

    I instantly thought of the elevator attendant. Lived on the army base there 20 years ago. Sad to see.

  7. Martha R says:

    There is a commemorative event there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th, just outside the store. There will be cake, balloons, music, short speeches, but mostly an opportunity to say thanks to the staff, and to celebrate what a unique and special place S&R was. Everyone is welcome! There are a few facebook pages about S&R for those who would like to lament or commiserate further.

  8. Richard Scoville says:

    I had my first sexual encounter at the store when I worked there during my Queen’s years… she ended up being my first wife. She wanted it twice a day in the girls changeroom.

  9. Wayne says:

    Before all the BIG BOX stores this was IT! I visited my aunt and uncle every summer and we always made it into S&R. It is still in my brain 40 years later. W


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