Worcester,Mass - Places of the Past, Prime Value Mart
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Prime Value Mart closed in the mid-80s I believe. The photography department is now Prime Photo Mart in Tatnuck Square.
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karen roy - Report this comment
I'm pretty sure prime value mart was still in business in the 90's. I remember buying a christening gift there in 1992. great site, thanks
Suzy Guinan - Report this comment
My first job after school when I turned 16 was at Prime Value Mart in the Photography dept ... that was in 1987/88. It was a fun job to have as a teenager. I sold a bunch of Pentax cameras (see photo) cause I did like them ... I still have my Pentax SLR. I believe everything but the photography dept moved to West Boylston where the old Drive-in theatre used to be in the early 90's. The brother (a bunch of brothers ran/owned Prime Value Mart) who ran the photography dept (my boss' boss) started Prime Photo Mart - it was over on Lincoln St for a few years before going to Tatnuck Square).
joe donovan- October 17, 2008 - Report this comment
I believe the new st.vincents hospital sits where prime value mart once was.I used to shop there in the 80s.That whole area was once old factory buildings,not anymore.its just to bad nobody goes downtown anymore it was so fun when i was a teenager in the 70s and early 80s
Carol Ekstrom- August 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Prime Value Mart liquidated October 1995. It was owned by the Burwick family. I was fortunate enough to have worked at Prime as a buyer for over 20 years. Most who worked at any of the stores will tell you it was a wonderful family business that was put out of business by the larger catalog groups such as Service Merchandiser's. When Prime closed Louis Burwick opened the Prime Camera Shop at Tatnuck Square.
John DiLiddo- August 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked for Prime Value as the Camera Dept. Manager, it was a very nice place to work, one of the biggest thing that Louis would stress is that we will teach you about the product you buy. Prime color photo recently closed too. Thing have really changed. But Prime Value had a huge photography department. Many people still miss the store..
Larry Lavallee- June 08, 2012 - Report this comment
You could get some pretty good deals there. It was a little odd because for most purchases you had to fill out a card for the item, pay for it then wait for the item to come down a conveyor at the exit. Service Merchandise in Auburn worked on the same principle.
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