Yoder Department Store

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Listed in Apparel & Accessories, United States

  • 300 S Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN, 46565, United States
  • (260) 768-4887

On May 3, 1945 Ora and Grace Yoder made a decision to buy a dry goods store in Topeka Indiana, the heart of Amish country. The original operation included many goods to serve the local farming population. Bib overalls, work shoes, and of course fabric for clothing and quilts were items sold. A number of years later, in 1952, a second location was opened in a nearby town, Shipshewana, Indiana. After operating both locations for decades, a decision was made to sell the Topeka location and to move all operations to the downtown Shipshewana location. Around the age of 60, Ora decided to move his business ?out of town? to new facilities just south of downtown Shipshewana to Yoder Shopping Center, the present day location. Just like back in 1968 when the business was moved, Yoder Shopping Center is shared with two other businesses, Yoder?s Hardware and Yoder’s IGA. This concept may have been new at the time, but we now know this arrangement to be a mini mall.

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