This was such a nostalgic project to put together. We asked our readers, family members and friends to send us their favorite department stores in New Jersey that were a big part of their lives, but, are now closed forever.

Immediately following this brief narrative, we have put together a photo gallery, each with an informative description of the iconic store.

Whether it was going to your favorite department store for back-to-school clothes and other school essentials, or, for everyday shopping needs, we all have wonderful memories of these experiences.

My favorite department store growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s was Two Guys.

We did all of our back-to-school shopping, plus we would also go there for any reason or no reason at all. They seemed to have everything. If they didn’t have it, you didn’t need it.

One of our favorite things about going to Two Guys was the enclosed soft pretzel stand, located right by the front entrance. Now, you can easily buy frozen soft pretzels, place them in the oven or microwave and enjoy them on demand.

In those days, it was one if the only ways to enjoy delicious, fresh baked, piping hot soft pretzels.

Here are a few vintage images from the Two Guys guys. I personally purchased both of these images.

sander2 via eBay
Harry Hurley, TSM
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Sander2 via eBay
Harry Hurley, TSM
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This Two Guys on-site visit by Leonard Nimoy, “Mr. Spock” from Star Trek, came at a time when Star Trek was one of the biggest television programs in America.

Two Guys was actually that “big” and relevant at the time.

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It’s been more than 30 years since the last Two Guys Department store has closed and I still Judd it si much.

All we have left now are the wonderful memories from a much simpler time.

Please enjoy our gallery below of great stores that we loved, that are now closed forever.

Great New Jersey Stores That We Once Loved That Are Now Closed

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