Saturday, September 15, 2012

Frisco's 2024 West 26th now I-79 North On-Ramp

-ad in Erie Dispatch, July 8, 1948.
Frisco's Food Market at 2024 West 26th St celebrated its first anniversary in July of 1948, but it would not be around to celebrate its silver anniversary. Why? The construction of the I-79 cloverleaf on and off ramps on Route 20 wiped out a number of homes and businesses.

Frisco's was open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to midnight, and offered free delivery. The store had fresh fruits, vegetables, cold cuts and canned goods. In addition, it had a complete line of household notions.

The store was supplied by Erie Wholesale Grocery Co., Nehi Bottling Co., Drink Mor Beverage Co., Carl Pedano Fruits & Vegetables, George's Bakery, Nunes Groceries and Meats, Jacob Haller Co., Sterling Milk, Januleski Bros. and John Casale Food Market, to name a few.

Baldini Superette was located at 2024 West 26th Street in 1967. Other businesses on the north side of the street included: Cirino's Fine Foods Grocer at 2130 W 26th and Sullivan's Mobile Service at 2160 W 26th St.

Businesses on the south side of West 26th in 1967 included: West Ridge Lawn Repair at 2071 W 26th, West Ridge Beer Distributors at 2109 W 26th, Mazza's Restaurant and Pizza Shop at 2119 W 26th and Andrews Service Station at 2165 W 26th St.

What other businesses were displaced by Interstate 79 near Route 20?

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