If 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.