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 Post subject: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
PostPosted: Fri 23 Jan 2009 3:27 am 
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I recall a chain by the name of Mr. Wiggs which had several stores in Ohio, the two I recall were located in Sandusky and Port Clinton. From what I recall, it was a store very much like a Kmart, and the two locations I remember shared a shopping center with Revco and Food Town. I do know that around 1981 or 1982 it was renamed Heck's and eventually went out of business at some point in the mid-late 80s.

Where was Mr. Wiggs based, and how big was it? Did it operate outside of Ohio?


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
PostPosted: Sat 24 Jan 2009 2:15 am 
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A quick Google search shows that they operated out of Ohio and had a location in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There is an autoparts website by the name of Trimbrite that lists them as an authorized retailer.


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
PostPosted: Sat 24 Jan 2009 2:19 pm 
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I think they've been discussed before. They were based in suburban Cleveland, but had stores mostly in small towns in Ohio and adjacent states. Painesville was a s close as they ever came to Cleveland. They operated smallish, but full-line discount stores. They were acquired or merged with Fisher's Big Wheel (a similar chain with an overlapping trading area, based in Pennsylvania, I believe) during the 80s.


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2009 2:53 pm 
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I would assume that the point they merged with Fisher's Big Wheel was when they changed their name to Heck's then? The timing seems about right, 1981 or 1982, not long before we left Ohio. Heck's was gone by the time I returned for the first time in 1992.


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 Post subject: Re: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
PostPosted: Wed 16 Sep 2009 8:16 pm 
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Sorry to join the conversation so late...

There was a Mr. Wigg's in the city I grew up in, Richmond, Indiana as well.


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