Re: Corner Stores
Date: June 19, 2014 01:20PM
Our local corner store was Sally's Certified Foods at 6949 W. Addison St., corner of New England Avenue. Originally, the store was located at the SE corner of Newcastle and Addison (now a dentist's office), but I remember when they built the new store, with an apartment for the family above, in 1960. Papa Ted, Mama Sally, and sons Ted (the butcher) and Mitch (took care of the other groceries and made deliveries) all worked in the store. First Papa Ted passed away, and then Ted Jr., the butcher. Sally and Mitch struggled on for quite a while, but eventually sold the store to two Italian brothers, Rocco and Benny, but continued to live upstairs. Rocco and Benny were able to keep the place going for quite a while, but eventually were forced out by the competition from the bigger stores, and the store closed for good about eight years ago. I tried to buy as much of my groceries as possible from them, as their prices were not that much different than the large chains, and quite frankly, the meat they sold was excellent. With the exception of one guy who tried to reopen the store and only lasted a few months, the store sat empty for years, until recently being taken over by a karate school. I really miss being able to go down the street for a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread.