S.E. Nichols Discount City #18 in Maple Shade, N.J. in the Summer of 1985, shortly before the store closed after 21 years of operation. The store was nicknamed the "Mighty 18" by the staff. It was one of three S.E. Nichols stores in New Jersey, the others being in Matawan and Bricktown, and part of a 44 store chain from New York to North Carolina. In 1978, it was one of the first Nichols stores to add a Home Improvement Center which sold lumber, paint, tools, flooring, wall coverings and kitchen cabinets. After Nichols the building housed a Cost Cutters store, then was demolished in 1990 and a Price Club warehouse-club store was built, replaced by a Caldor discount store in 1994. The replacement building, set farther back, currently houses Lowe’s – who expanded the building when they took it over in the early 2000s. By the end of the 1980s, Nichols converted its remaining stores to a discount drug and household products format called PharmHouse.
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