Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fligner's Then and Now

Although the last post ended with the transition of the Food Fair chain into Eagle Super Markets, I thought that Fligner's deserved its own post – so here it is. It's the only surviving grocery store from that 1975 list of Eagle Super Markets.

Fligner's is a true Lorain success story, a family business that's been around since 1924 and happily beat the odds. I'm sure that any present or former Lorainite reading this has been in Fligner's at some point, either for their great meat or wide selection of groceries.

It's not very often in this day and age that you see a family make a commitment to the community like the Fligners have. According to the company website, they're one of Lorain's largest employers.

If you click here, you'll find a nice history of the company.

Here's the corresponding 'now' shot to go with the 'then' shot at the top of this page, from the Black River Historical Society's Images of America book. As you can see, Fligner's has pretty much expanded to take up most of the block.

And since I had to crop the photo to try and match the 'then' shot, here's a nice panoramic view of the whole store.

1 comment:

-Alan D Hopewell said...

And we might add, it's about time! Dan, thanks for the Fligner's entry, I've been looking forward to it.

That picture is great; one of the apartments above the Style Shop was rented by my Aunt Mary-Ellen and her husband when they first married, then by my Aunt Delores and Uncle Eddie. (Front window closest to Fligner's.)