Northern Commercial, Anchorage, Alaska


Northern Commercial's Anchorage store was a well-
recognized landmark in the city until it was damaged
in the tragic Good Friday earthquake of 1964.

Northern Commercial operated from temporary
quarters until its new store was ready in 1970.

Northern Commerical's three stores were purchased
by Nordstrom in 1975.

"Alaska's Pioneer Merchants"

Northern Commercial Company
603 D Street
Anchorage, Alaska


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Street Level
Fine Jewelry • Costume Jewelry  Handbags  Gloves  Hosiery  Accessories  Sixth Avenue Separates  Cosmetics  Women's Shoes  Stationery  Cameras  Luggage  Men's Furnishings  Men's Sportswear  Trend Shop  Men's Shoes  Work Clothing  Boys' Wear  Ski Shop  Sporting Goods


NC's Appliance Center (Sixth Avenue Mall under the Penney Garage)
Appliance Center  Home Entertainment


Second Level
Sixth Avenue Dresses  Dresses  Custom Corner  Mayfield Place Sportswear  Miss "A" Shop  Forecast Shop  The Gallery  Fur Salon  Bridal Salon  Coats  Suits  Millinery  The Attic for Jr.'s  Lingerie  Sleepwear  Robes  Infants' World  Children's Wear  Girls' Wear  Children's Shoes


Third Level
Fashion Fabrics  Art Needlework  Sewing Machines  Bedding  Liens  China  Silver  Crystal  Gifts  Housewares  Small Electrics  Lamps  Pictures  Carpets  Draperies  Furniture  Toy Town  The Friendship Room
(97,500 s.f.)




Fairbanks
Second and Turner
1956
Kenai
1965


Coming in due course.




9 comments:

  1. I just found your blog and I am in love. I'm a Dallas girl with fond memories of Sanger's, Joske's and Volk's. One of my proudest possessions is my NM charge card! Rock on!!

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  2. Very interesting! I just googled NCC because my grandfather, Lee Hart, worked at the Anchorage store for many years. He was there on the day of the earthquake.

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  3. I remember N.C.C because my late father worked for N.C. Machinery in Seattle and they must of still had a connection with them into the 1990's? Every January he used to fly to Anchorage to do Physical Inventory of their Anchorage Stores for N.C. Machinery and once a year he would order the best Ham for Christmas provided at a discount through the Alaska Stores!

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  4. I lived with my Father and Mother in the middle apartment over the store. My dad was Jim Stone and was the Sporting Goods Manager and Buyer for the chain. He was good friends with Lee Hart who was mentioned earlier. Lee would come to our place and play cards with my folks. We were also there the day of the earthquake.

    My dad loved the job and loved Alaska.

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  5. The Alaska Commercial Company (ACC) is a company that operated retail stores in Alaska during the early period of Alaska's ownership by the United States. From 1901 to 1992, it was known as the Northern Commercial Company (NCC). In 1992, it resumed business as the Alaska Commercial Company under the ownership of The North West Company. It is Alaska's largest rural retailer.
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  6. I met a couple at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show from Anchorage exhibiting Alaska gold nuggets and jewelry. As I lived in Anchorage 1963-65 was interested about NCC. I worked for NCC in the Accounting Dept., which was above the china dept., and was at work when the earthquake hit! Your site is so very informative and glad I found it.

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  7. It was in 1975 when NC was bought by Nordstrom.

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  8. My uncle, Earl Parsons, worked for the NC Company in Anchorage. He was employed during the time of the earthquake. I am not certain if he was actually there or in Seattle at the time. I believe he worked in the accounting department as that is the degree he earned at the U of Washington. His father (my grandfather) worked as the main accountant for the NC Company from the early 1900's until his death (while on the job) in Whitehorse in 1931. He traveled to all the NC sites either by train, dog-sled, or boat at all times of the year. Amazing to realize he actually did this.

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  9. Hi Im trying to find information and/or a picture of an NC store in Tok Alaska that was there supposedly in the mid 1940s (it started due to the building of the Alaska Hwy) and was supposedly located in the old highway department complex. Do you have anything on that?? Geralyn gabbys@acsalaska.net

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