The moment my wife and I bought our house in Eastwood about a decade ago, I was intrigued by a weather-beaten, closed corner store (incredibly) still standing a few blocks away. I made a point over the years to walk or bike by the building as much as I could to take a look at the beat-up but still wonderful New Delton Grocery sign with the Coke logo and dream of going inside to take a peek.
A few years ago, I didn't pass by the store because of work and winter for the space of a few months, so for Victoria Day weekend I hopped on my bike for a ride around the neighbourhood and head to "my corner store" to see how it survived the winter. When I got there, I found flat ground where it once stood.
Although I knew it was most likely a goner the first time I laid my eyes on it, I still had dreams that eventually I'd get to be able to look inside. What did it sell? Like most corner stores, a little bit of everything, and everything else?
The memories of the corner store faded into the background while I went on with my life, although when I biked or walked by the empty plot of land, I lowered my head and sighed, thinking about what could have been.
Recently, I was doing work for my website Vintage Edmonton (vintageedmonton.com) and while I was selecting ads for April 2, 1925 to use for a post, my eyes scanned across an ad for The New Delton Store, the previous name of The New Delton Grocery.
"Meats, Groceries, Flour, Feed, Dry Goods And Hardware" it said in big letters on the ad, and involuntarily, I smiled.
It really did sell a little bit of everything, and everything else.
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