Gold Circle, a popular Ohio-based department store chain, was Federated Department Stores’ first venture into the discount business.
It also was the nation’s first mass merchandiser to install barcode price scanners in all its stores.
The first Gold Circle in the nation opened in 1968 at Karl and Morse roads, opposite Northland Mall. The site was advertised as having more than 900 parking spaces.
The second opened later that year on Hamilton Road near Eastland Mall.
Customers could buy record albums and players, get their film developed and shop for clothing, toys, housewares, hardware and groceries.
This photo was taken at the Olentangy River Road store in 1988, the year all 76 stores in the chain were liquidated.
After the six local stores closed, Hills Department Stores moved in, but those stores were not successful and closed in 1991.
Later that year, Kohl’s Department Stores moved in to five of the Hills locations.