John A. Brown Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



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John A. Brown's downtown store occupied a number
of storefronts on Main Street in Oklahoma City.

The Store expanded over the years to the north
by occupying buildings on Park Avenue.


John A. Brown's last expansion occupied the
corner of Park Avenue and Harvey Street
in downtown Oklahoma City.
John A. Brown Company (1915)
211 W. Main Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY (300,000 sq. ft.)

Basement
Brown's Colonial Lunch Room • Soda Fountain
Brown's Basement Store

First Floor
Fine Jewelry • Costume Jewelry • Handbags • Leather Goods • Gloves • Accessories • Neckwear • Blouses • Sweaters • First Floor Sportswear • Cosmetics • Toiletries
Park Avenue China • Glassware • Fine Silver • Gift Shop • Housewares • Small Appliance • Fine Foods and Candy • Luggage • Notions • Stationery •Ace Shop Electronic • Cameras
Store for Men Men's Furnishings • Men's Sportswear •Men's Clothing • Men's Shoes • Brass Lantern • Boy's Shop

Mezzanine
Book Shop • Scouting Equipment

Second Floor
Town and Country Shop • Sportswear • Gallery Dresses • Misses' Dresses • Coats • Women's World • Miss Contempo • Apparel Shop Dresses • Apparel Shop Sportswear • Apparel Shop Coats • Oval Room • Fur Salon • Bridal Salon • Millinery • Lingerie •Loungewear • Sleepwear • Foundations • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Junior Coats
Park Avenue Beauty Salon • Photo Studio •Shoe Salon • Casual Shoes • Gallery Coats • Girls' Wear • Toddlers' Wear • Infants' Wear • Children's Shoes •Toys • Sporting Goods • Needle Art

Third Floor
Linens • Bedding • Bath Shop • Fabrics • Singer Center
Park Avenue Furniture • Sleep Shop • Lamps • Pictures

Fourth Floor
Park Avenue Televisions • Stereos • Records • Appliances • Unfinished Furniture • Magicolor Paint Center • Hardware • Garden Shop • Personnel • Cash Office • Credit Office • Executive Offices


BRANCH STORES

Norman
College Corner
West Boyd Street at Buchanan Avenue
4,000 sq. ft.








Capitol Hill (March 5, 1948)
319 S.W. 25th Street
60,000 sq. ft.







Penn Square (1960)
N. Penn Avenue at NW 50th St.
130,000 sq. ft.
The Apple Blossom Room







Crossroads Mall (August 2, 1974)
150,000 sq. ft.



Tulsa (1976)
Woodland Hills Mall


Quail Springs Mall (1980)









28 comments:

  1. The Quail Ridge Mall location is actually called Quail Springs Mall, and yes that store along with the rest of the mall did Open in 1980, in 1985 Dayton Hutson then the parant company of Dillards, converted most locations in to Dillards while other stores (In the same mall location where there was already a Dillards.) were closed down, and in early 1986 Dayton Hudson sold these stores to Federated Department Stores for expansion of their Dallas based Sanger-Harris division, this lasted a year before they merged into Federated's Foley's division in January 1987, in early 2006 Federated announced that they had taken over May Department Stores (Who had acquired Foley's from Federated in 1988.), and convert all may stores in to Macy's in the fall of 2006.

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  2. Interesting later history of the store! However, Dayton Hudson never was the parent company of Dillard's.

    Bruce

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  3. Does any one can remember Lola Pritschow

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  4. Yes Lola Pritschow was my grandmother

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  5. I lived in Oklahoma City for 4 years, 1983-1987. Browns was one of the last independent department stores, and I loved shopping there. I remember when the stores became Dillards.

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  6. I worked there in the early 1970s. I sure miss the place.

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  7. Dear Anonymous from December 11th,2012,

    Thank you for your reply. I am locking for the indian in my family and I am Lolas great grandchild. Could you help me filling my family tree?

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  8. I sold shoes there in the late 60s. Also at Wanamakers and Blums in Philly. The Shoe Salons in the great Dept stores were really grand! I am glad I had the opportunity cause there isn't anything like them today. I fitted some elegant shoes on a few famous feet too in thoes grand stores. In my dreams sometimes I'm still looking for shoes in the stock room. THOES WERE THE GOOD OLE DAYS...

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  9. There was also a John A. Brown in Tulsa's Utica Square.

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    1. My grandmother worked there, her name was Lorena Burr or Campbell, not sure at that time. But she used to tell me stories.

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  10. Dear Anonymous from the 11th of December,

    I am a greatgrandson from Lola Pritschow.
    Could you help me filling my familytree?

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  11. I have a fur hat with lace that goes over face in it's original box from John A Brown Co. Millinery
    stbritton@pldi.net

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  12. I'd worked there on the second floor during the mid 60's, then moved up to the offices to
    work in the IBM room for billing. In the outside office was Laura Ambrose-Long, that was
    the new manager when Mrs. John A. Brown died in the late 50's..

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  13. I was the Purchasing Agent and then Electronics Buyer for John A. Brown
    I was there from 1974 until 1983.
    I am Jim Morris
    Great place, great people
    Had a lot of fun bringing electronics to Oklahoma consumers
    Atari, Sansui, Zenith, all sort of video games, computer software, microwave ovens, high end music systems, huge sales
    Was on Danny's Day numerous times with the newest electronics to be shown by Danny and I.

    Thanks Oklahoma for everything

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  14. I was wondering if there was anyone from the Crossroads Mall location on here. My Grandma (Hazel) worked in the gift-wrap department for a while there. I loved going to visit her at work and watch the gifts being wrapped up.

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  15. I remember Hazel, I worked @ Crossroads from 1979-1983 while @ OU! I worked Men's Wear. Anita was my boss..

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  16. Does anybody remember the stuffed tiger at the John A Brown store in downtown OKC in the 1960s?
    Can’t remember which department it was in but the manager at that time would always let me hear the tiger roar.
    As a kid that just made my day.

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  17. Does anybody remember Mildred Williams Crunk who was a retired buyer for John A. Browns before she died in 1976?

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  18. Having my dad or older brother lift me up to the stuffed tiger -- I think it was in the men's suits area if I recall was one of my earliest childhood memories. We would go to Browns and my mom would shop and sometimes my Dad would take me down to the basement for a coke soda or a chocolate malt -- always a grand time. I remember getting fitted for shoes! -- it was a process and an experience - got to have the right fit! AND the staff was always courteous and appreciative. Downtown OKC in the 60s was a grand time. I remember seeing the main street holiday decorations (big bells and and greenery that was strung across the street) in storage one summer at one of the local greenhouse/flowre/plant nurseries -- I can't remember each one but as like a 6 year old - 1964 it was wonderment that I saw inside this barn where all the downtown OKC holiday decor was stored! A WOW moment.
    I came to this site by chance on Christmas Day 2014 as we were reflecting on the 1st Natl Bank Tower lobbies grand annual Christmas Tree and this site came up.
    It is the simple things that families do that create memories -- load up the family today and go out and do something simple and fun -- in downtown OKC. We go to the OKC Baron's hockey games and it is great -- they have great kids food packs and free ice skating on Sunday games after the games. We have heard they may not be here next year which will be just a shame.......
    This is why Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story are such yealy classics -- it is about the relationships and simple, family fun!
    Hug your family and friends today -- Good Memories at John A Browns Dept Store

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  19. Jim Morris. I remember you. I ran into you once at the Crossroads Mall location. I had an atari 400 and Brown's was out of Atari 800s. You told me if I kept the receipt, I could get an Atari 800 when they came in. Loved Browns. My mother would love Browns. i miss them.

    Jim: Thanks for being kind.

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  20. I worked at Crossroads. I do remember Hazel. I worked with her. I worked in switchboard, credit office, gift wrap/layaway and the portrait studio. Late 70's. My Mother also worked at Crossroad in Estee Lauder.

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  21. Does anyone remember a Velma Mae Green that worked at Crossroads in the late 70's? She was my aunt.

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  22. Does anyone remember Ella Jacobson who worked in the beauty shop, I am her daughter.

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  23. I remember when the first escalators were installed(late 40s?)we would just ride them up and down for the thrill of it.

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  24. I am researching my great-aunt, Gladys Miles, who we believe worked downtown in maybe the early 1930s. How may we locate records that old?

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  25. Does anybody remember Lorena Burr or Campbell? She worked in cosmetics, she was my Grandmother.

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  26. who was Mrs. John A Brown's secretary in the 1940's and 50's. She lived next door to us, but I can't remember her name. Input appreciated. Thanks.

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  27. Anyone here from Crossroads around 1977-1979? Trend shop, jeans, shoes, candy? Steve Davidson, Terry Evans, Roger Desalvatore, Philip Jordan, Matt and Mark Piatt in tshirt shop, Randy Wocjack and on and on!

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