When I was a kid there was a store called Gibson’s and it was “big” to us. Right near the front they had a booth selling popcorn and slurpee’s, no joke. The store had some of everything.
I remember their old fashion newspaper ads, all the products hand drawn (or seemigly).
We had a store in Pecos Texas called Wackers. It had a soda fountain and everything.
There was also a little corner store that sold the first ever slurpees...the old lady that owned it - who was always so good to us kids - disappeared one summer.
(Us kids had been moved out of state, so we were not “up” on all the happenings) anyway, we inquired about her, and found that she had been robbed, and killed, at gunpoint.
In RETROSPECT , I remember that being the moment I grew up. My childhood ended.
True story about Gibson’s. I once knew a guy who was in charge of 16 Gibson’s Discount Stores and he told me this story. Gibson’s slogan was “Where you always get the best for less”. My friend said at new store opening events Mr. Gibson always said a prayer. This day his prayer began:
“Lord, we want to thank you for allowing us to open up another Gibson’s, where you always get the best for less.”
By the way, I remember Sam Walton’s first Ben Franklin Five & Dime store in Newport, Arkansas. After chopping or picking cotton all week we’d go to Newport to buy groceries on Saturday afternoon. You could smell the popcorn from the machine in front of his store for blocks.
Did you grow up in the plains? I grew up in South Dakota and we had a Gibson's near us. My junior high language arts teacher was Mr. Gibson and he arranged to get a banner from the store that said, "Join The Gibson Train" or something to that effect. He hung it at the front of his classroom. This was back in the 70's.