Posted on 6th August 2020
Funny thing about remembering something from the past is that it often leads to more memories. Sometime ago I was writing about the steep rise in the price of a cup of coffee at K Mart’s Fiesta Grill. It went from 10 cents to fifteen cents, what a shock to us coffee drinkers. I worked eight years for Uniroyal Tire, a lessee in the K Mart stores and have many memories of those days back in the early 1970s. I arrived at the brand new Kmart Charlottetown store in October 1969. It was the first of the big chain stores to land on the island and was not particularly welcomed by other businesses. Islanders flocked to the store in droves, we were certainly popular with the buying public. The midway was the wide central aisle as you came through the front doors. It was also the place to promote special deals, for example, on a rainy day we always had umbrellas front and center on sale. But what fascinated me the most was live performers singing and promoting their records. Probably the best known was Anne Murray, she would have been about 24/25 years old and was just beginning her very successful career. Another performer invited was Stomping Tom, he flatly rejected the invitation. He considered it would cheapen his image and his records. The store manager pointed out that we promoted the Beatles records on the midway too! In the auto department our biggest seller in those days was Eight Track Tapes and players, I think we installed many more tape machines than we did tires. Always had to have the very latest recordings, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride and the list went on. Those were the days of family farms and the province known as the Garden of the Gulf. It was over fifty years ago, in 1970 that I met my wife Linda. I installed a eight track in her 1963 Rambler. Now in 2020 there is no more Kmart and very few real family farms and few think of us as the Garden of the Gulf. The one good thing in my memory is I still have my beloved Linda, but the Rambler and the 8 track are long gone. God Bless and keep reading.