Baltimore shoppers had choices for back-to-school shopping in the days when there were four major department stores.
Hochschild Kohn, Hutzler’s, Stewart’s and Hecht’s were the flagships, but there was another level – the budget stores.
The E. J. Korvette’s chain arrived in Baltimore with branches on East Joppa Road, Route 40 West and Glen Burnie in the early 1960s, and brought discount prices.
This national chain competed with such Baltimore mainstays as Epstein's, Goldenberg's and Julius Gutman's.
The Epstein chain dominated Baltimore’s neighborhood shopping districts — Light Street, Gay Street (later Oldtown Mall) and...