Thursday, August 31, 2006

Vintage Korvettes store TV commercial

Korvettes - 1970s

Behold, a vintage '70s Korvettes store commercial! And get a load of all the groovy old stereos, radios, TV sets and stuff! Yep, this was back in the day when going to the store was still cool. Dang cool. And Korvettes discount stores were some of the coolest around in their day--at least to my young eyes they were.

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Anonymous didi said...

Wall to wall seventies electronics. Just what I had always pictured my early childhood to be. Even though I never went to Korvettes I can definately still relate to the objects being shown in this commercial.

Thu Aug 31, 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Samantha said...

This is soooooooo cool because I was born in the 90's and so I've never seen a store (or comercial) from the seventies except on this website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu Aug 31, 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Cora said...

Seeing all those vintage electronics sure brings back memories. I had a stereoplayer very much like those pictured, my parents had a clockradio (which I later inherited) and a tape recorder, and our first VCR (which was a secondhand unit my Dad dug up somewhere and never worked) looked very much like this one. They're all gone now, except for the 1978 stereo, which still works, at least part of the time.

By the way, was Korvettes an electronic store or a general retailer?

Thu Aug 31, 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Korvettes was a general retailer.

Thu Aug 31, 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous ode said...

Way cool ad, and it really brings back some memories.

My first regular job at age 16 was working part-time for E.J. Korvette's in Port Chester, NY, during the Xmas season. It was 1964. My position was in the bicycle department and "Small Apples" (small appliances: mixers, toasters, clock radios, etc.).

We didn't dance and sing like the kids in the commercial, but we did have a lot of fun.

What ever happened to Korvette's anyway? Eaten up in a merger or acquisition, I'd suppose.

Fri Sep 01, 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Sabrena said...

This is sooooo cool, because I was born in the 90's too!

Sat Sep 02, 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous kostia said...

Lots of my childhood was spent pawing through the closets and storage boxes at my great-aunt's house near Cleveland, where she kept all the old craft kits and 8mm movies and Girl Scout paraphernalia left over from her daughter, my dad's cousin. Almost every cool little thing I ever found in my aunt's house had a Korvette's pricetag on it. Just seeing the name makes me smile.

Mon Sep 04, 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Outstanding! I come from the Southwest, so didn't encounter Korvette's until I got to DC in 1980, by which time it was dying. I love the shirt & haircut on Mr. Bachelor Pad! But what kind of moron gets dressed up and chills the wine for his hot date, then suddenly decides to buy a stereo?!? Great blog!

Tue Sep 05, 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the end, you can see PONG on one of the TV's. Cool.

Tue Sep 05, 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous JeffO said...

I used to get dragged to the Korvettes store in North Plainfield-(blue Star Shopping Center) for back to school clothes-used to play skeeball there-Great Memories!-Does anyone remember Great Eastern??? How about stamp and coin departments in Dept Stores??

Wed Jan 17, 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Hangarbox said...

Amazing how one link leads to another... I started with search for info about a photo of a Delta Dart F106 that intrigued me, from there I ended up at Dart Drug Drug stores, then I found myself at a new dead shopping mall with Dart Drug that I flew over a few months ago, as was reading about this mall there was a reference to Korvettes, and here I am. I think I was about 8 years old when I got lost in a Korvettes and I suffered the embarrasment of the little lost boy page. The Korvettes I remember most clearly was the one in Springfield Mall, in Springfield Virginia.

Fri Jan 26, 04:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Korvettes around my way (Cedarbrook Mall, Philly) was pretty neat, but didn't look this good. It closed around 1979. They liquidated about 4-5 years later.
Cindy Wilson mentions Korvettes in the B-52's song Give Me Back My Man, so the chain went pretty far down South too.

Sat Nov 17, 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got lost in a Korvette's, too!
Every week I had an allergy shot and my mother would take me to the Cedarbrook Mall afterwards for a treat. We'd go to Woolworth's or Korvette's for paper dolls. I think we did most of our every day shopping at Korvette's in those days. Sort of the Target of today.

Fri Feb 08, 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger audiopimp said...

Practically lived in Korvette's record dept-the store in the Cedarbrook Mall just outside of Philly. To the other person who posted about the store in this mall- I grew up in Mt. Airy- Bayard St. perhaps I knew you??? Mike J.

Mon May 12, 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In answer to the question What happened to Korvettes? Most of the 50 stores were losing money by the late 70s. A French real estate company bought Korvettes and closed the stores losing money, then closed the rest. The chain was gone by the end of 1980. I worked in the store on Rt 23 in Wayne 1978-80. Jim A.

Mon Sep 28, 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Sugarfree Me said...

So amazing to see this video. E.J. Korvettes was part of my family's heritage. The E. stood for Eugeen Ferkauf and the J. stood for Joe Zwillenberg, my Dad's first cousin. I come from a very large family...lots of Aunts and Uncles, who would have been first cousins to Joe. At one time or another...the whole family had jobs at one Korvettes or another. One uncle was a big deal in opening trade with China....others worked in the stores, my brother worked there every summer during school break, and I worked in the New York offices....on 46th and Avenue of the the Supermarket division (after awhile they merged with a food company called Hills, and the supermarkets became known as Hills Korvettes. What memories!

Sat Jan 17, 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Started as a cashier, then worked in Display dept. winning many contest's with carl, and ceasar our sign painter!! Great times!

Fri Feb 26, 08:58:00 AM  

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