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Melvald's General Store is run by Donald Melvald and employed Joyce Byers and Jeffrey. The store is located in downtown Hawkins, next to the RadioShack.

A drugstore located at 4 Second Street, in Jackson, Georgia, was used for interior and exterior shots of Melvald's Drug Store. The location has been remodeled and is now a Papa John's Pizza restaurant.



At some point, the General Store opened in Hawkins's town square, with Donald Melvald acting as shopkeeper. In 1973, Joyce Byers was employed there as a retail clerk, where she would work long hours and on holidays to make ends meet.


On November 7, 1983, Joyce prepared to go to work as usual, but became distracted after discovering that her youngest son was missing. In response, Donald decided to give Joyce some time off. Another employee named Jeffrey covered for her.

On November 8, after her telephone got "fried" during a strange call, Joyce drove out to the store to purchase a replacement. Because she was low on cash, Joyce requested a two weeks advance payment, to which Donald reluctantly agreed. On November 9, she went back to the store in order to buy Christmas lights.


On October 30, 1984, Bob visited the store to make out with Joyce in the storage room.


After the opening of the Starcourt Mall in 1985, Melvald's General Store, along with many other businesses in downtown Hawkins, suffered from a consistent lack of customers.

Hopper visited the store on Saturday, June 29, to get advice from Joyce on setting some boundaries for Eleven and Mike's relationship. Joyce helped Hopper write a speech for him to memorize and say to the couple. Hopper planned to give the speech, but his impatience towards the two made him end up threatening Mike instead while driving him home.

The next day, Hopper drove to the store again to proudly boast to Joyce that El and Mike would not be seeing each other that day and that their relationship would be more restrained. Afterwards Hopper and Joyce planned a dinner date at Enzo's, though Joyce would fail to keep this date. On his way out, Hopper nearly tripped on some refrigerator magnets on the floor, which had lost their magnetism. Joyce examined the magnets and quickly connected it to an earlier instance where her own refrigerator magnets had lost their magnetism.