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June 6, 2003

Hereís some additional information to go with the M & W-Safeway chronicles that appeared in this column the other day. Gloria Brown, now the managing editor of this newspaper, provided this as a kind of sequel to the original material, which dealt primarily with the early days of fussiní and feudiní between the big chain and the smaller independent store. Between them, the two grocery stores dominated the local market for several years. During that time, the so-called mom and pop (small) grocery stores in this community began to vanish. My account ended with the sale of Safeway to Homeland and the retirement of the Marriott family from the Perry business scene a little earlier. Hereís the rest of the story, as supplied by my friend Gloria:

"Jerry and Phyllis Parks and Gene and Dana Hines purchased the M & W store (1978-1988) from Roy Marriott," Gloria writes, "Phyllis and Dana were sisters. (The name of the Perry store was then changed from M & W to H & P.) The two families later purchased another store in Ponca City and the Hines family moved there to operate that store."

"The Hines' continue to live in Ponca City, where Gene is employed as an investment agent for the Edward Jones Company. The Parks' live in Bristow where Jerry is still employed in the grocery business and Phyllis continues to work for Wal-Mart, where she also worked in Perry." (Also of interest, Roy Marriott's grave site is near Gloria's mother's grave site in a Norman cemetery. Gloria was standing at her mother's stone recently and saw Roy's from there. He had moved to Norman from Perry after selling his interest in the M & W Food Store.) Thanks to Gloria for this information. That pretty well brings us up to date on the Safeway-M & W saga during an interesting period of retailerís rivalry in our little city. We probably would also mention that Ed Feken, a hometown boy who is now retired and not in the best of health, was transferred back to Perry by Safeway when the new store on Seventh street was built. Ed like it so well that heís been here ever since.

If youíre still interested, Perry has had many grocery stores around the square and in residential areas through the years. In 1940, there were at least 20, according to the Moorhead City Directory for that year. How many of these do you remember?

J.L. Barge, 628 Cedar
Corner Fruit Market, 600 Cedar
Cottage Grocery, 1016 Grove
Farmer's Exchange Store, 632 Cedar
H.C. Galaway, 644 Cedar
Hendren & Son, 407 Seventh
Charlie Huffman IGA Store, 417 Seventh
Johnson's Grocery, 314 Sixth
Fred Kretsch, 319 Seventh
C.J. Lindeman, 634 Cedar
Mooter's Grocery & Market, 295 Seventh
Public Food Market, 115 Seventh
Safeway Stores, Inc., 317 Seventh
L.C. Stanislav, 308 Sixth
C.T. Talliaferro, 404 Sixth
James Vaughan, 311 Seventh
H.R. Walker, 421 Cedar
Walkling Market, 409 Sixth
Jim Wilson Grocery, 516 Cedar
H.L. Winger, 322 Sixth

Not one of those businesses is in operation today. Along with several more once-prominent firms, they have slipped into obscurity. If you still remember them, as do I, you've been around this community for quite a long time.