Friday, August 9, 2013

Dinner at Kresge's for 59 Cents

Remember when you could head to Downtown Erie on a Saturday afternoon, do some window shopping, then stop at Kresge's for a complete meatloaf dinner....for 59 cents? 

SS Kresge's had sales at the beginning of June in 1959 to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. They advertised a number of items that sold for less than 60¢ to draw people into the store. In this instance you could saddle up to the lunch counter or cram into a booth for a meal and a free Pepsi. Oh, and the dinner included the "good gravy."

Kresge's was one of the places that kids liked to hang out when they had a few minutes to spare while waiting to transfer to another bus route after school. It was on the corner of 9th and State in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Enjoy more fun facts and photos of Erie, PA at: Old Time Erie


  1. And coffee was "still only 10 cents" as late as 1971.

  2. My grandmother ran the beauty shop in the downstairs of Kresge's (Madeline's). I remember going there as a kid - and the huge soda fountain/snack bar upstairs. My parents both worked there - that is how they met. Would love to see some pics!!