Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sparkle Reveal

I did a double-take driving by the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority complex (above) at 1600 Kansas Avenue today. Apparently, some work being done to the outside of the building revealed its previous use as a Sparkle grocery store back in the 1980's.

The building first showed up in the City Directory in 1960 as an A&P. It continued as an A&P up until around 1979 or 1980 when it became a Sparkle.

Around the late 1980's, it became the Harbor IGA (which I shopped at). Unfortunately, it didn't last long, and was closed in the early 1990's.

Nevertheless, it was interesting yesterday to see a reminder of Sparkle's heyday in the Lorain area. Sparky the mascot would certainly approve!

Sparky, the Sparkle Mascot (shown here in a 1958 Journal ad) 

1 comment:

-Alan D Hopewell said...

I seem to be following you around, Dan; when that was a Sparkle, I lived across the street (1547 Kansas), and shopped there.