Rhodes, Oakland, California

 
An illustration of the former Kahn's building in Oakland, home of Rhodes

Rhodes Western Department Stores, Inc. (Rhodes)  (Kahn’s 1879/Rhodes 1960)
16th at Broadway
Oakland, CA

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DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY

Downstairs
Downstairs at Rhodes

First Floor
Costume Jewelry • Fine Jewelry • Silverware • Accessories • Hosiery • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Neckwear • Cosmetics • First Floor Sportswear • Shoes • Stationery • Candy • Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Hats • Men’s Corner • The Place

Second Floor
Boys’ Wear • Luggage • Book Shop • Yardage • Art Needlework • Bedding • Linens • Fountain Lunch and Grill • Travel Service • Optical

Third Floor Fashion World
Fashion Sportswear • Fashion Dresses
Young Tempo • Casual Dresses • Daytime Dresses • Knit Shop • Better Sportswear • Better Dresses • Young Sophisticate • Ms. Shop • Boulevard Shop • Formal Shop • Designer Shop • Bridal Shop • Career Coats • Salon DressesSalon Coats • Salon SuitsFur Salon • Young Californian Dresses • Young Californian Sportswear • The PlaceJuniorette ShopJunior Hi • Intimate Apparel • Lingerie • Foundations • Sleepwear • Jr. Lingerie • Millinery • Photo Studio
Young World Infants • Toddlers • Girls 3-6x • Girls 7-14 • Subteens • Children’s Shoes

Fourth Floor
Housewares • Appliances • China • Silverware • Glassware • Accessories for the Home • TV • Stereo Center • Records • Lamps, Pictures & Mirrors • Draperies • Toy World
• Trim-a-Home Shop

Fifth Floor
Carpeting • Furniture • Sleep Shop • Beauty Salon



BRANCH STORES

Concord Park & Shop (1957)
1675 Willow Pass Road
Concord







Mountain View (1970)
San Antonio Shopping Center
El Camino at Showers Drive

Dublin (1971)
Golden Hills Shopping Center
7898 Dublin Blvd.

14 comments:

  1. Did BART have direct subway access to the Oakland Rhodes store, as it did for Capwell's? Mountain View store actually opened in 1963.

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  2. Actually, the shopping center in which Rhodes located opened earlier, but their store did not open until an expansion which was completed in 1970. Rhodes ads prior to that time refer only to the Oakland and Concord stores.

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  3. I have cited sources that state Rhodes opened at San Antonio Center in 1963. Although they referred to it as the Palo Alto store in some cases. Sears did the same thing in advertising.
    Does anyone know when Rhodes opened at the Southgate and Country Club Centre locations in Sacramento? One of them was pre 1956.

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  4. Hello,

    As I may have already said, I love the site!

    Anyway, I recently did as much "Rhodes" research as my limited facilities will allow. I compiled this list of Rhodes Brothers/Rhodes (of Tacoma) stores...many having locations in shopping centers that I have inducted into my retro retail site...THE MALL HALL OF FAME.

    This list includes ONLY those stores that opened with a "Rhodes" nameplate (or were rebranded as Rhodes). Those that originally had a "Liberty House" branding (such as the store at Hayward, California's SOUTHLAND MALL, circa 1972) are not included on this list.

    I hope that this list might be of assistance to you...


    RHODES BROTHERS / RHODES STORES

    Founded by Albert, Charles, Henry & William Rhodes -in Tacoma WA- in 1892. Albert went to Seattle in 1907. Founded unaffiliated "Rhodes of Seattle" chain (1907-1970). "Rhodes Brothers" aquired by Western Department Stores 1960. Name shortened to "Rhodes". Acquired by Honolulu-based AMFAC in 1969. Stores operating as "Liberty House/Rhodes" prior to 1972. Had become "Liberty House" by 1975.

    (a newspaper article from early 1972 mentioned 14 "Rhodes" stores).


    WASHINGTON STATE

    *Downtown Tacoma (1892) [opened as Rhodes Brothers]
    *Lakewood -Villa Plaza- (1957) [opened as Rhodes Brothers]
    *Tacoma -Tacoma Mall- (1974) [opened as Liberty House/Rhodes]

    OREGON

    *Downtown Portland (opened as Olds, Wortman & King 1851) [rebranded as Rhodes 1960]
    *Washington County (Tigard) {Portland metro} -Washington Square- (1974) [opened as Liberty House/Rhodes]

    CALIFORNIA

    *Sacramento County -Country Club Centre- (1954) [opened as Rhodes Brothers]
    *Fresno -Manchester Center- (1959) [opened as Rhodes Brothers]
    *Downtown Oakland (opened as Kahn's 1879) [rebranded as Rhodes 1960]
    *Concord -Concord Park & Shop- (opened as Kahn's 1957) [rebranded as Rhodes 1960]
    *Sacramento County -Southgate Plaza- (1961) [opened as Rhodes]
    *Mountain View -San Antonio Center- (1970) [opened as Rhodes]
    *Dublin -Golden Hills Center- (1971) [opened as Rhodes (perhaps as Liberty House/Rhodes?)]

    ARIZONA

    *Phoenix -Sears-Rhodes Center- (1963) [opened as Rhodes]
    *Phoenix -Metrocenter- (1973) [opened as Liberty House/Rhodes]

    NEW MEXICO

    *Albuquerque -Coronado Center- (1965) [opened as Rhodes]

    TEXAS

    *Balcones Heights {San Antonio metro} -Wonderland Shopping City- (1964) [opened as Rhodes]
    *San Antonio -North Star Mall- (opened as Wolff & Marx 1960) [rebranded as Rhodes 1970]

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  5. Shortly, if not immediately, after the 1960 rebranding of Olds & King and Kahn's, Rhodes Western's corporate offices relocated from Tacoma to Oakland. The Southwestern Division (AZ, NM, and TX) were based in Phoenix. They maintained the Rhodes banner until 1977, when it became Liberty House which lasted only a year as they sold off their stores to either Mervyn's or Joske's. That same year LH also discontinued their Northwestern presence (OR and WA) as those stores were sold off to Frederick & Nelson, resulting in the Maindland LH stores in Northern California and Reno. When you plan to put an exhibit on Liberty House of Hawaii, please include floor directories for both the Downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana stores.

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  6. Oh how I loved the Rhodes Department store in the Country Club Center Mall, Sacramento, California. It was such a fashionable store and what a treat shopping there during the 60's. I will never forget the hip teen clothes in the juniors section and perennial fall teen fashion show teaching us young girls what was the height of the fashion for the season. Nor could one forget the majestic fountain in the front of the store, the wonderful Christmas displays and Santa's Village. It is such a sadly missed bygone era....by the time Liberty House took over the mall started to disintegrate leaving the mall a shell of it's former self. The department stores of today pale in comparison even Nordstroms cannot compare to the shopping experience that Rhodes had to offer....sad bygone era indeed.

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  7. Some more corrective info I forgot: The Southgate store (Sacramento) opened in 1960 as a one-level store, then added a second level in 1963, same year the Mountain View store opened (not 1970). The Dublin store opened in 1971 as Rhodesway (discount division), and converted to a regular Rhodes the year after. The distribution center for the Mainland Liberty House division was right behind the Dublin store. I lived there from 1975 to 1980 when they operated there.

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  8. Oops, forgot one Texas store that was omitted from the list: El Paso at Cielo Vista Mall, opened in 1974 as Rhodes (Southwest Division), renamed Liberty House in 1977, then sold to Joske's the following year, along with the Metrocenter store in Phoenix, making that the only Joske's store outside of Texas.

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  9. My father bought the Rhodes store in Oakland for Amfac back in 1970. He went on to purchase City of Paris in San Francisco.

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  10. Leroy F. (Bud) Koranda? Chairman of the board and CEO of Rhodes Western, Inc.? Wow, I bet you have some stories to tell! I've seen that name dozens of times reviewing newspapers for Rhodes/Liberty House information.

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  11. My Dad worked at the Oakland Kahn's as a Delivery Manager in the late 30's and early 40's during WWII. To make some extra money, he also painted the large water tanks that were situated on top of the building on the San Pablo side of the store. We lived on 17th St. and my Mom took me down to the store and pointed up to where Dad was working. I was probably 4 or 5 at the time.

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  12. Was Kahn's a nationwide chain? I have a wooden box which holds two decks of cards that has a label "Greetings of the Season" "Kahn's Department Store" "Plymouth, Wisconsin".

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  13. No, the Kahn's referred to herein was located in Oakland only. The Wisconsin one would have been of different, though similarly-named ownership, and sized accordingly with the population of its home town,

    Bruce

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  14. The Mountain View store opened as a Rhodes in 1963. I know, as I worked there checking in merchandise for the initial stocking for the grand opening. As is mentioned elsewhere, it was later rebranded a Liberty House. The location's final occupant before demolishing was J.C. Penny.

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