A Mom And Pop Store Defies The Odds

F.W. Woolworth's is gone, and smaller clothing chains like Boston Leader and Stuarts' have also fallen by the wayside. It has not been easy for those slugging it out in the retail world. But the biggest casualties in retail have been the small, family-owned department stores that once dominated Main Street in America. Only a few mom-and-pops still dot the landscape. One of the survivors is Sparks Department Store, located in the blue-collar city of Malden, Mass., population 53,000, 10 miles northwest of Boston.

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