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Park Market


Park Store c.1920s
Ronald Pearce, Joanne Cameron, Dorothy Whitaker, and I. L. Blucher, Prop.

I. L. Blucher purchased the Park Store, on the corner of Parkside Street and Maine Avenue, from a Mr. Ferguson about 1926. It contained a soda fountain, picnic supplies and a few groceries. Mr. Blucher kept the fountain, enlarged the grocery business and changed the name to Blucher's Store. In 1931, due to the Depression, the store was close and the Blucher family moved to San Diego. Augustus and Vera Huffman came from El Cajon, purchased the store, added a meat counter and changed the name to Park Market. I. C. Cooper was the butcher. In 1933 the store was sold to Ben T. Reid, who operated it until 1950. Jimmy Salas worked behind the meat counter. Mrs. Eva A. Smith was the bookkeeper and clerk. In 1945 she became Mrs. Reid.

Park Market c.1949

Bill Koppel and Mr. Brown bought out the Reids in 1949 and Floyd Riggle took over the meat department.

In 1960 it was sold to Mr. Payton for a hardware store which is still in operation on this location. The old building burned to the ground in 1997, and was rebuilt the next year.

Park Market c. 1931

Gus & Vera Huffman, I. C. Cooper, butcher


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