Do you remember D.E. Jones?

One great thing about having other lifelong Yorkers in our family is the great dinner conversation it provides.

For instance, on Thanksgiving, my brother-in-law Mike and I were talking about the 5-and-10-type store that used to be in Delco Plaza, on your left as you came down the steps from Kmart into the mall.

My mom and I had been talking about that and could not, for the life of us, remember the name of it. She thought it might have been either a McCrory’s or a dollar store, but I was adamant that, no, it had another name.

Well, Mike came up with it. After a couple of false starts – like calling it David Jones – we recalled that it was D.E. Jones.

As near as I can tell through some quick Internet research, if a company by that name is even still in existence, it’s only in a few locations in New Jersey, and even that is suspect. When Wikipedia doesn’t even have a reference to something, you know it’s bad!

So, I’m turning to you, loyal readers. Do you remember D.E. Jones? Was it a chain? Were there others in York besides the one in Delco Plaza? I’d love to know!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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17 Responses to Do you remember D.E. Jones?

  1. Ben Lightner says:

    There was a D.E. Jones at the Wes Manchester mall. I believe it was next to DEB. I also remeber McCroy’s at both West Manchester and York mall. They gad the best hot dogs!!!!!

  2. Cathy says:

    there was a D E jONES in Shrewsbury about 5-7 years ago at the Market Square shopping center in Shrewsbury.

  3. Leigh Ann says:

    I remember D.E. Jones stores, they were the best. i just loved them and really miss them. i used to go to the one in Shrewsbury & @ Delco.

  4. Angela Place says:

    I believe there was one in Carlisle as well, either at the MJ Carlisle Mall or the Carlisle Plaza, I forget which. My biggest memory of DE Jones was the smell; they all smelled the same and it was a odd sort of plastic/rubber smell. Not at all pleasing.

  5. Chris says:

    There was one in Hanover too…

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  7. S. Johnson says:

    I remember D.E. Jones at Delco, i went there every now and then. I really miss the old Delco Plaza. ive been looking around for someone who has pictures of Delco before it was demolished or just any pics of it plain flat out. If you do, send them in an email to me thanx.

  8. J. Whitmore says:

    I wish they still had the one in Hanover. The bath towels lasted forever!

  9. Brett says:

    D.E. Jones was originally at the West Manchester Mall, I believe next to the Orioles Store i believe, they then moved to the K-Mart side of Delco and if memory serves me right, they then moved into the Jo-Ann Fabrics area of Delco.

  10. Jim Grim says:

    I recall a D. E. Jones in Mount Holly, NJ which always had the best selection of the cheapest stuff. It was like J. C Pennys quality at dollar store prices. Pillows, Pillow Ticks, Covers, Shoes, underwear, and batteries… just loads of stuff for rock bottom cheap prices. What ever happened to them? I last remember the stores in NJ before I moved to TN in 2004, when I returned to visit in 2005 it was as if it never had been. Did they go out of business or run in to problems with their business practices (like tax evasion)?

  11. crystal says:

    There was one in Frederick Maryland at the FSK mall. Loved it!!

  12. LT says:

    They use to have them in Ohio. WOW! great store! I wish we still had this store on a weekly basis. Ours went out on the basis of “remodeling”. yeah right. Luckily I knew something was up and I mass bought to items I purchased tere on a regular basis. IT’s bee years and I stillhave canvas shoes, light bulbs and such from DE Jones!

  13. rkudasik says:

    There was one in the Chambersburg Mall when I was a kid. Crazy that they’re still open in some places!

  14. Billy says:

    They were fairly widespread as a chain – they also used the name D&K in some places (like up here in the Albany, NY area).

    I believe somehow when the chain finally closed or whatever a number of the locations were taken over by Dollar Tree, but I don’t know for certain if Dollar Tree actually bought them or perhaps just took over store leases.

    The only one I know of that was open more recently was a store in Ocean Grove, NJ on their “boardwalk” in the building near the Asbury Park end.
    They used the name Jones Treasure Grove on the sign, but their format still looked the same. That store/building has been closed since Hurricane Sandy and has not been re-opened as far as I know.

    Check these facebook pages:
    – That’s for the building itself and shows some of the damage from the storm – go back to 2012 storm damage posts and I think some of the inside looks familiar (though messed up by the storm, the bins they used should be familiar).
    – If you go back to May 2011 they had a Bradley Beach location also – that photo should look familiar as well. Go back into 2010 and there is a photo of the Cheektowaga NY location with a sign Formerly D&K Stores! And several from the Ocean Grove store as well.

  15. JerseyShell says:

    The Company went out of business. I was a manager to one of the Jersey stores for about 4yrs. I also visited the D.E. Jones (aka D&K stores)in NY. The store I worked at closed in 2003. The others followed not long after. D.E Jones was a great store!

  16. Wundermega says:

    Just last night I read this article and when I came back today to look at the links posted by Billy, I saw your post, JerseyShell. It’s crazy to think that two people were on a D.E. Jones nostalgia trip at the same time and were reading this exact page.

    I mainly shopped at the Mt Holly location, the same one Jim Grim mentioned. That was a nice little store, I’m sad to see it go. Those pictures on the Jones Treasure Grove Facebook really brought back memories, it’s a shame those stores seem to have since seized operations.

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