White Front, the first Walmart

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby Guest » Fri May 06, 2011 9:09 pm

Whitefront had great glazed donuts and there was a grocery store attached to it. (Ran by Foodland stores) The opening didn't have Debbie Reynolds (Zody's did) as her ex-husband owned that chain.

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby Mike Logan » Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:03 pm

No it didn't burn down. You may of been thinking of "Gemco" at first and Shields. Right before the grand opening it burned to the ground. They rebuilt it and they had a great run for many years.

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby kim88 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:27 am

The name White Front was said to refer to the practice of lining up appliances like washers, dryers and stoves in front of the store, giving it a "White Front." Another feature of each store was that each had a separate key booth located in the parking lot.

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby jcred » Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:41 pm

Im proud to say my Father James W Allred worked there doing store security after returning home from service in korea after the store opened later worked at Zodys too were they owned by the same company?

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby LisaMarquise » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:27 pm

I remember when they built White Front, and even then thinking it was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen.
White front page 1.jpg
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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby Drakonyx » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:54 pm

I was a child when this was in town, kind of a competitor to K-mart, if I remember right. That arch was scary as hell to a 3-year-old kid!

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby JWfresno » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:28 pm

It went from a White Front to a Mervyns and is now being remodeled as a Walmart (2014). I still remember the donut shop. We always bought donuts there. Loved the place.


Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby guest » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:23 am

I remember Whitefront well. They had a giant black and white photo of opening day. The place was jampacked. I remember going there with my Dad. Holding onto his hand. He purchased a Western Knives brand Bowie knife. He carried it with him when we went camping. This would have been 1966-7. I have the knife to this day.....

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby vikkie58 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:31 pm

Gemco burnt down.

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Re: White Front, the first Walmart

Postby HempShoward » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:21 pm

I remember White Front, it was on the SE corner of Blackstone and Ashlan. Recently it was a Mervyns. I remember the day the Beatles, 'Abbey Road' album was released I made a special trip to Fresno in my 1961 Corvair to buy it. White Front had it for sale for $2.25. One Christmas me, my mom and a friend went Christmas shopping and White Front was our last stop. At the time I was driving a 1970 VW bug. I parked at the back entrance and when we came out someone had bent the side wind wing window got in and ripped off everything. That really sucked!

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