Before There Was Safeway ...

Campbell's first grocer store.

This week's history photo takes us back to what retail looked like in the 1800s.

This black and white image depicts Campbell's First Grocery with four people out front in various position. Painted on the store front is "C.L. Willett, Dealer in General Merchandise."   

The location of the grocery store was to the right of the Campbell Hall, on the south side of Campbell Avenue between Central and the Railroad tracks. 

The store is believed to have opened as early as 1889, and was sold to the Farmer's Union in 1894. This early image shows just the General Merchandise side before the Hay and Grain side was added to the right. 

The image is believed to be from the "Santa Clara County Free Library, San Jose, Calif."  Written in black ink on the back of the photograph is "First Grocery Store in Campbell."

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stacy May 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Wow. It's difficult to imagine downtown this way, isn't it? I'd love it if we had a small market downtown now.
Mayra Flores de Marcotte May 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM
I agree! Imagine doing all your grocery shopping in a single store? Speaking of small markets, have you ever shopped at the market on Hamilton Avenue?


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