Louis Grocery Store
Ah, Louis. What was once a neighborhood grocery store is now a (mediocre) gas station. When I was a kid, I remember biking to Louis market with a neighborhood friend and returning with an off-brand soda and a pack of candy cigarettes. Those tasted like garbage, but we looked cool. Louis was opened in 1957, and closed in 2012. There were aspects of the store that I assumed had never changed since its birth. The retro sign that stood tall in the parking lot, the wavy linoleum floor that gave off the sense of structural instability when walked upon, and the ancient claw machine that stood by the east doors, impossible to ever win. Call these features outdated and concerning, but to most people living in Benson, these quirks simply added to its charm and beauty. Some of the employees seemed to have been there since 1957… but were always begrudgingly ready to help, which was always sort-of appreciated. Listen, if you were going to Louis for a great customer service experience and top-of-the-line freezers, you shouldn’t have been shopping at Louis in the first place. But alas, never will I step foot in that beautiful old grocery store again. Long gone are the days of losing coins to that impossible claw machine, or chugging an off brand soda while gnawing on a jaw-breaking candy cigarette. Rest in peace Louis, you are forever missed.
-BFF intern Tom White
2/22/2018 11:21:31 am
I used to visit Louis all the time when i was younger, and this article brought me right back. Simpler times. Makes me miss the good ol' days
3/7/2018 03:53:27 pm
I believe Louis' Grocery Store is much older than that. When my dad was growing up on Benson Gardens Blvd. (which actually was gardens supplying the Benson area and probably local dining establishments, too, with vegetables, fruits, cows, chickens and even vineyards!) during the Depression, the owner of Louis, who my grandad called "old man Louie," kept more than one neighborhood family alive by allowing them to carry tabs for their family's groceries when they couldn't afford to pay until payday. It may be that the name changed, I don't know. But he was definitely running a grocery store on that site in the 1930s.
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