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ARMSTRONG'S DEPARTMENT STORE

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ARMSTRONG'S DEPARTMENT STORE. Around 1983 Armstrong Department Stores of Cedar Rapids, Iowa moved into the space previously occupied by Roshek's in KENNEDY MALL. Begun by Robert Armstrong, a Cedar Rapids retailer, Armstrong's gained fame in Cedar Rapids for its quality clothing and an "air door" installed in the early 1960s. A strong constant vertical flow of air at one doorway allowed customers to move in and out of the store in any weather without opening a door. The store had also pioneered hiring AFRICAN AMERICANS in the retail trade.

The 1985 through 1989 Dubuque City Directory listed Kennedy Mall.

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In the late 1980s, Armstrong's ceased operations even though the Dubuque store was profitable. Younkers replaced Armstrong's as a business anchor at the Mall.