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Former manager of Butler Woolworth’s discusses fond memories of store

February 17, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Ronald Moser, former manager of the Butler Woolworth from 1970 till it closed in 1992, reflects on the history of the store.

Ronald Moser has especially fond memories of the downtown Butler Woolworth’s store.

That’s because Moser of Butler was the last manager of the Butler Woolworth’s that sat at the corner of Cunningham and Main streets, the hub of a vibrant downtown retail area.

Woolworth’s was famous for its lunch counter, candy sales and a longtime talking parrot named Charlie.

Moser, 89, was the Woolworth’s manager for 22 years and retired in 1992 after presiding over the venerable variety store’s going-out-of-business sale.

Shortly afterward, the building’s wall collapsed and the whole structure was torn down. Rite Aid Drug stands on the corner now.

Moser worked for the F.W. Woolworth chain started out as a 15-year-old part-time stock boy in his hometown of Dunkirk, N.Y., doing anything that needed to be done: stock work, sweeping the floor and washing the windows.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that will appear in Tuesday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article about how Moser ended up in his position in Butler and why he stayed in the area after it closed.