Leonard's Department Store Museum, Fort Worth

#12 of 22 in Museums in Fort Worth
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
In 1918, Marvin Leonard opened a small store that sold groceries and salvaged merchandise. He was soon joined by his brother Obie and the store grew to occupy over six blocks in downtown Fort Worth. Leonard Brothers became a store so large that even to this day it dwarfs anything that any single retail user has ever tried to accomplish. The Leonard Brothers invented the superstore and was a cross between a modern day super store and a shopping mall. It was a place to purchase merchandise and a place to meet up with friends. Going to Leonard’s on a Saturday was an event that the whole family looked forward to doing together whether they traveled to the store from across town or from across the state.
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  • Every person who lived in Fort Worth in the 20th century probably shopped at Leonard's Department Store. This one room museum brought back all of these great memories. We decided to take my mother...  more »
  • Leonard brothers was the place at one time...they were ahead of the times yet relevant for the times of day  more »
  • I should point out that the restaurant next to it is how you will enter the museum, and there you can get a drink before seeing the museum after checking out the area nearby (plan on coming here if you drive into Ft Worth for any reason, as most places will be right along side this location.) It's a very intriguing glimpse into a time in retail that seems to forget that Walmart wasn't the first "one stop shopping center." I highly recommend looking through the photos and newspapers (advertisements and news articles about the company) and realize that no matter how successful a company is, it's days will eventually come to an end, even when they had a business model that wasn't too different from more modern companies (admittedly the subway transport system confuses me still. . . and I wasn't able to get a good idea of how that worked, but I suspect it might have compromised their business with people relying more and more on private transportation instead of public transit, with people increasingly moving to suburban areas.) Also, Ft Worth has been greatly effected with business moving more towards Dallas after the cattle industry relied less upon trains and more on trucks.
  • Really cool small place wish i could have seen the original Leonards

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