My dad managed Tempo, and I worked there for several years while growing up in the 70's. The opportunity to buy came up, so my dad did, and the name was changed to Rasco Tempo. After several years as that, the chain overall (I believe 37 stores) was not profitable, and the store was closed. As Rasco Tempo, there was actually 2 owners. My dad owned what would be called the "soft goods" side of the store, and Roger Melchior owned the "hard goods" side. There was actually a "fence" down the middle of the store, so the different goods were separated. I always thought the fence thing was a little odd.
As a high school kid working there, I figured out that there was always lots of women in the fabric department, so I "offered my services" in that department, and actually learned how to measure and cut fabric. Pretty good gig, helping pretty ladies all day and getting paid for it. The worst job in the store was running the shoe department. The shoe racks of the day were impossible to keep looking nice, yet they were expected to look great all the time. Easily the most "lost cause" job I ever had.
I do remember the break-in we had there. There was an incinerator on the east side of the building. We would stuff it with trash, and burn it when it got full. The thieves came in thru the incinerator, and did crack the safe and make off with the contents.
I have very faint memories regarding the auto parts department and the mechanics that worked there. I do remember that there was always somebody back there to fix my bike when I trashed it. Or fix a flat tire for me.
Great memories. Thanks for the flashback.
[This message has been edited by Mathew Schmitz (12/27/2010)]