July 1980: See inside South Buffalo’s Twin Fair location

By Steve Cichon

Thirty-five years ago this month, The News began celebrating the 100th anniversary of the paper’s starting a daily edition.

In the special section called One Hundred Years of Finance and Commerce, The News recounted the history of a handful of Buffalo’s financial and commercial industries and provided ad space for many companies involved in those industries to tout their own contributions.

Discount department stores were still looked at as an outgrowth of five-and-dime stores like Woolworth’s in 1980.

This break down of discount stores in Buffalo talks about Two Guys, Twin Fair, King’s, Century Housewares, Brand Names and the new kid on the block Hills — which had just opened four area stores in 1979.

The photo is of the checkout lanes at the Seneca Street Twin Fair location. The building at the city line was just demolished earlier this year.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.