Hello, Before the proliferation of the white buildings with the giant red Target popping up in most neighborhoods, there was GEMCO. They were all over So Cal and elsewhere in droves. The tall free standing signs with the big block letters… the huge parking areas, the membership cards…allowed all of us to be card carrying members of exclusive shopping…or… “Gemco was an American chain of membership department stores that was owned by San Leandro-based Lucky Stores, a California supermarket company which eventually became part of Albertsons. Gemco operated from 1959 until closing in late 1986. A number of the west coast stores were sold to Target which fueled their entry into California. Gemco had a version called Memco, also owned by Lucky Stores, that operated stores in the Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., areas.” These stores were the forerunner of the membership card carrying shopping geared specifically for those that wanted almost a one stop shopping experience. From clothes, hardware, toys, automotive parts and services, groceries,etc…If you needed something, Gemco usually had it in stock. Gas and automotive needs were just around the sides of most of the stores. In our neck of So Cal, the new Mission Viejo Mall had opened up in the 70’s. But, like all big malls, they did not cater to the local neighborhood shopping experience with stuff for everyday use. Gemco was something that offered a lot of choices of just plain…stuff. Sure, our neighborhood hardware store was the main place for all of our household and automotive needs, but the trip to Gemco was an experience, that soon wore off… Jnaki That experience wore off because not only did we shop there, but so did the masses of local South Orange County families. It became very crowded on a daily basis and the rush at the holidays became unbearable. Our choices narrowed quickly and before the time Gemco closed in the 80’s, that shopping experience was over. The parent company of the Target Stores bought most of the remaining stores and have opened huge new stores all over since then. Today, the red Target sign draws neighborhood families like flies on honey. It is a giant one stop shopping experience with fairly low prices for the same stuff at other local markets.