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Pappano's Grocery
3rd & Fulton St.

Photo courtesy of Fran DiDomenicis

"Pappano's Grocery at 3rd and Fulton Sts., one block away and in between St. Anthony's Church and St. Anthony's Grade School.

The store was opened in 1916 by my grandfather Francisco Pappano and his brother Fidele. They started off as a neighborhood grocery that catered to the tastes of the mostly Italian neighborhood, and later added a broader range of foods as well. They specialized in fresh produce and the best meats, as well as a range of canned goods and sundries. The penny candy section was my favorite as a kid when I would tend the cash register and help stock the shelves. I remember the butcher section often had "delicacies" such as tripe, bacalla (Italian dried cod fish), and the occasional cow's head in the display section. You never see that at the Acme!

My uncle Ercolino ("Erc") was the butcher for many years. My grandmother Carminella and my mother Millie also worked in the store until it closed. The store remained open until 1964 when my family moved out of Chester to Concordville.

I hope this will bring back some memories for those who might have lived in the neighborhood. It sure brings them back for me."


- Thanks to Fran DiDomenicis

 


2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 John A. Bullock III.

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