The Pop Shoppe

The Pop ShoppeIf you grew up in the 70s, you just might remember a little chain called The Pop Shoppe. Based in Ontario, Canada and located within 14 states in this country, this place was a kid’s dream come true – a store that sold nothing but soda…26 different kinds of soda! And the best part was that you could mix and match the flavors, as you picked out 24 returnable bottles to fill a red plastic crate, which was used to transport your soft drink bounty to and from home.

If you need a little help recollecting the whole concept, perhaps this classic 70s commercial will help you out:

Although The Pop Shoppe didn’t quite survive the 80s, the company did re-launch their product in 2002, and although they no longer offer returnable bottles (which was actually a nice eco-friendly practice that perhaps should be reconsidered), they at least offer some of their best-remembered flavors, such as pineapple, to nostalgic fans.

Did you happen to live near a Pop Shoppe in the 70s, and have a parent nice enough to let you help pick out a case of soda every once in a while? Share your memories of The Pop Shoppe with us in our comments section, as we tip our hats to a beverage smorgasbord that we wouldn’t mind seeing return.

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  1. Zoetrope11384EB says:

    From what I remember, there was a the Pop Shoppe was not a separate store, but distrbuted their product in supermarkets. In late 1980 and the first half of 1981 (I was 13 and in the 7th grade at the time), my mom used to buy Pop Shoppe soda from a discount supermarket, and you would pick the varieties that you would select to put in the red plastic case and you would save the glass bottles the drinks came in and return these back to the supermarket to be refilled. They did have all variety of drinks, including ginger ale, root beer, creme soda, cherry, orange, pineapple, lemon-lime (this was green and not clear like 7-Up or Sprite), grapefruit, grape, cola and cherry cola. I don’t really remember when my mom stopped buying Pop Shoppe, so I must not have missed it all that much. But several years ago, I wondered what happened to Pop Shoppe and did a search. Apparently, they’re back, but they don’t sell near the variety of carbonated drinks as they used to.

  2. HardyGirl66 says:

    I have this commercial on one of my vintage commercial tapes. That annoyed teenage girl at the beginning is pretty funny! “Oh really?” @@

  3. Jughead Jones says:

    The 70′s?!? I’ll have you know that we had a Pop Shoppe in my hometown well into the 1980′s. I know because I would always get the Lime Rickey flavoured ones. Those ones were so awesome. Best part is, one of the discount stores in the area have the relaunched Pop Shoppe drinks, and I can get my Lime Rickey sodas again. I also like the Black Cherry and Orange ones. Really good memories of that drink.

  4. princessdiana says:

    I can’t remember if I’ve been to one,I was a little girl,and I don’t remember it.

  5. venicet says:

    These were great in the 70′s. My younger sister is diabetic, and they were one of the few places that had GOOD sugar free pop. Tab and Fresca were the only other diet pop available and they tasted nasty compared to the sugar free pop available today.

  6. Gina says:

    Never heard of this before, but it sounds divine! I’m always on the lookout for something new in the field of soft drinks.

  7. Kathryn Wenzel says:

    I have one of the red crates, but, alas, no bottles! Any collectors out there? Our Pop Shoppe was on 35th Avenue north of Bethany Home Rd in Phoenix!

    • Louise says:

      We have awhole bunch of them full bottles and crates longnecks and stubbies for sale if interested or if you know anyone let me know it has been great to go back in time and find such rare treasures!!!! St. Catharines, ON CA

  8. Sheldon says:

    This brings back memories! I remember as a kid going to the Pop Shoppe after grocery shopping. My sister and I got to pick out a couple of flavours each. It was such a big deal choosing flavours , we probably spent a half an hour deciding. Drove our parents nuts!

    I also remember the Pop Shoppe’s rival … Pic-A-Pop.

  9. Vicki says:

    We had a Pop Shoppe in Apple Valley, MN when I was a kid. It closed in the late 70′s or early 80′s. Much to my surprise, I now live about 40 miles north of there, and I walked into the local convenience store and they had a whole shelf of Pop Shoppe Pop! Of course I had to buy the “green” one, and the “pineapple” one…my faves as a kid. But, as an adult, I could barely get it down – the sweetness and high sugar content knocked my socks off – not in the way I was hoping! Either the recipe has changed, or my pallet has…. Was a good idea in the day, and I miss it. But now I just walk right by that liquid sugar!

  10. Kokovec says:

    I loved The Pop Shoppe! We had a store in my home town. My friends and I would end up there more often than my mom would have liked.
    Now I live in LA near a Rocket Fizz shop so I pop by once in a while to grab a black cherry soda.

  11. Chris says:

    BEST THING EVER. I was a kid in the late 70s in Alexandria, VA and we would go to the shoppe and mix and match. It was like picking out a dozen donuts (a couple of those, a few of these, etc). Lime Rickey was the BEST. You could tell bottles that had been returned because they had a horizontal red stripe on the back. It was a great concept.

    I was talking to a coworker about it and I googled them on a whim. Now I’m on a quest for some precious Lime Rickey!

  12. William says:

    I was wondering what are Pop Shoppe Bottles worth at this time. i have couple that about 20 years old?

  13. Eddie says:

    instead of the quintessential keg and fully stocked bar which was vital to a good party in the late 70s, one of the rich kids at our high school had a party stocked with pop shoppe. only time I ever drank them. I remember the party was really fun! the live band did a frampton cover; the guitarist even used a talk box which was awesome. I told a guy next to me, he’s doing that with a tube in his mouth! to which I got the smart aleck reply no kidding!!

  14. iyamloved says:

    sitting around the day after turkey day, talking about everything and up jumped “what the h… was the name of that pop that isn’t around any more, came in the short bottles that came in the red plastic crate.”? a hush fell over the room, and then a bunch of guesses none of them even close but all knew which one we were talking about except one person. Sooooo, what to do…..so popped the ole’ computer….TA DA! POP SHOPPE!!!!!! what a world we live in instead of thinking of something, that will drive a person crazy…..look it up THANK GOD!

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