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  • Writer's pictureRochelle Gridley

Desperate Grocers, March 1956

Updated: Mar 5

Just as local stores compete with internet shopping today, the grocers of the 1950s were battling to keep their stores open and their families fed when the "food liners" and super markets came to town. They used some strategies that have become part of regular operations of all grocery stores.


E.L. Casebeer kept Casey's Market at 1501 N. Main open 24 hours a day!!! You can also see his prepackaged salads in this image.



Darrell McReynolds owned the Food Circus at 1904 S. Main. At his store he went the extra mile with a drive up window.



Chuck Arnold was sure that friendly, personal service was the key to retaining customers. His store was at 908 N. Clinton. He is serving Dick King, Bob Hellweg and Timmy(?) Golden. I wonder if that Annie Oakley comic book was good??



Did you visit mom and pop or independent grocery stores in Bloomington Normal? Which was your favorite and why??


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Tomas Virgin
Tomas Virgin
Aug 31, 2023

This is already a whole story of entrepreneurship. I enjoy reading such stories. And now I'm browsing venture capital images it's a kind of nostalgia for me, when I was a child I went to the store and bought groceries, such stores were remembered for their kindness and sincerity

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