This building was built as a 60,000 square foot Giant Tiger discount store (a now defunct chain that was found in Northeastern Ohio) in 1967 at 2001 Elyria Avenue in Lorain, Ohio. Giant Tiger was acquired by Gaylord's in 1968. This store was only operated under the Giant Tiger name for only a year before it was re-branded as Gaylord's. The Gaylord's chain was acquired by Zayre in 1985, but I do not think this store was ever operated as a Zayre. Someone who used to shop here said this store was later operated as a Fisher's Big Wheel, but I could not find any definite proof of that.
Since its use as a discount store this has been used as Displays Displays Displays Incorporated (now closed). Currently the 6 acre site seems to be in disrepair, but the site (at least part of it) is being used. It appears this building is being used as some type of warehouse or workshop.
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The following photos were taken on April 12, 2012
|A newer building is built to the left, but the Giant Tiger is to the right.|
|I am not sure what was here (maybe a Garden Center), but the bricks look like they were not original.|
|A facade (looks to me like a Fisher's Big Wheel one) that was added later is peeling off and revealing the old brick facade from Giant Tiger.|
|This style facade was used on several area Fisher's Big Wheel stores, but I am uncertain if this store was ever one.|
|The closed-up store entrance|
|Some Displays Displays Displays Inc. signage|
|I am not sure what is here, but people were going in and out this door while I was here.|
|An uncovered up part of the Giant Tiger facade|
|The road sign currently displays "Displays Displays Displays Inc." signage.|