|1000 North Main Street|
In the early 1970's, and with less than half the population there is now, you might be surprised to know there were at least 4 major grocery stores in town. Two were located at Gables Shopping Center (see an earlier Post about Gables), another store was Kroger located on South Main Street where the Tech Bookstore now operates, and then there was Radford Brothers which was at the site of the now YMCA Thrift Store.
A banker friend of mine once quipped that it should have been called the National Bank of Radford Brothers because they were so customer-friendly they would let you go in and write a personal check for cash. Heck, I remember doing that myself when I was a poor college student and there was no such thing as an ATM.
Radford Brothers had the real feel of a "mom and pop" store and their prices were some of the most competitive in town. I have fond memories of shopping there, even returning soda bottles for a few pennies apiece. My roommate and I existed on Kraft Mac & Cheese (yeah, in the blue box) and it cost something like 29 cents a box.
Radford Brothers later became Wades Supermarket before being sold to the YMCA.
Anyone else have memories of shopping here?