HEADQUARTERS :

 West Bridgewater, MA

 PRESIDENT :

 Max Coffman

 EMPLOYEES :

 n/a

 STORES :

 89

 FOUNDED :

 1956

CLOSED :

 1977 (acquired)

 

Slogan:  Your "save" discount department store!

 

Mammoth Mart closed more than 30 years ago so it’s quite a task to gather information about that store chain.  I was too young to remember anything about the chain but my parents do remember shopping there in the 70's.  It seem that most stores were located in the northeast and possibly elsewhere in the U.S.  The store were quite big for the time and that is probably why it's called Mammoth.  I have finally found the company logo and it appears that years ago, Marty the elephant was on top of each store along with the Mammoth Mart name.   If you have any information, locations or images, contact us today!

 

OVERVIEW

 

Mammoth Mills was founded by Max Coffman and Henry Gornstein in Framingham in the Spring of 1956.  It was one of the earliest discount department stores in the country.  Mammoth Mills was a favorite place for closeouts, factory seconds, and especially bargains. Unlike many other discount dept. stores, it had a grimy, dark and informal appearance.  In 1962, the store became a Mammoth Mart in honor of it's mascot, Marty the Elephant.  In 1962, the company had only 5 stores and by 1963, the chain grew to 20 stores.  In 1964, the company opened it's first Connecticut store in East Hartford. By 1965, Mammoth Mart had 13 stores in New England.  The chain then generated more than $50 million in sales annually. In 1966, a store opened in Brunswick ME.  In 1969, when there were 35 stores in the chain, Mr. Coffman estimated that each store made about $2 million a year in sales. 


Mr. Coffman's chain pioneered many practices that are familiar today. All cash registers were located in front of the store; most department stores of the day had a register in each department.  In 1974, the chain filed for bankruptcy protection, though it emerged from Chapter 11 the following year.  In april 1977, the chain was finally sold to King's Department stores.


At it's top, Mammoth Mart operated 89 stores along the east coast and in New England.  Max Coffman was presented with the national Horatio Alger Award in 1967. Mammoth Mart Inc. was publicly traded on the Dow Jones.

 

ME/NH/VT LOCATIONS

 

MAINE
13 STORES
Augusta
Bangor
Brunswick
Calais
Ellsworth
Lewiston
Orono
Presque Isle
Portland
Rockland
Rumford
Scarborough
Waterville
 
NH
3 STORES
Somersworth
Gilford
Portsmouth
 
 
 
RI
3 STORES
Johnston
Woonsocket
E. Providence
VT
3 STORES
Burlington
Bennington
Derby
MASS.
18 STORES
Acton
Amesbury
Brockton
Canton
Dudley
East Wareham
Fairhaven
Franklin
Framingham
Greenfield
Holyoke
Lowell
Marlborough
Milford
New Bedford
Newburyport
Raynham
Weymouth

CT
5 STORES
Bristol
East Hartford
Guilford
Manchester
North Haven
 
 NC
7 STORES
Elizabeth City Henderson
Hickory
Jacksonville
Lumberton
New Bern
Statesville
    NY
 3 STORES
Kingston
Mahopac
Ithaca
 
 
 
 
 

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