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Gimbels Where to do your Christmas Shopping Those of you not in the Northeast, Gimbels was the competition to Macys, if you recall the movie Miracle on 34th Street! Gimbels went out of business 1986.
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Added: 8th December 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
Posted by: Cliffy on 2007-12-08 
I didn't realize Gimbels was nation wide:

Heavens to Gimbels! was a frequent catchphrase of Jim Backus' character Hubert Updike III on The Alan Young Show. Backus also uttered the phrase in the 1948 Bugs Bunny cartoon A-Lad-In His Lamp.

In the I Love Lucy episode Lucy and Ethel Buy The Same Dress Lucy buys her dress from Gimbels and Ethel buys her dress from Macy's.

In the 1997 movie Out to Sea, one of the main characters was a clerk at Gimbels.

In the 2003 Christmas movie Elf, Buddy the elf works at Gimbels in New York City.
Posted by: Babs64 on 2007-12-08 
Yep, they've been competitors since the 50's and probably before! Two great stores though, and Christmas was always a time to look forward to as a kid, because they had such great decorations.
Posted by: Babs64 on 2007-12-08 
It's a very famous store, even though it's located in the northeast. Everyone has heard of it. My mom took me there during the holidays when we lived in Brooklyn, it was a real experience for a little girl only 5-6 yrs old.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2007-12-12 
There was a famous I heard was, Does Macy's tell Gimbles?
Posted by: Andypage on 2008-01-16 
Gimbels was the best department store, ever.

Today, I would guess Boscov's comes close.

They were the HM and so, so much more of their time. A combination of Kohls, HM, a flair for the unique, with big promotions at very fair prices. The department store for the middle class with middle class values and that super bargain basement.
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