Johnsons's Grocery was a small grocery store located by the railroad tracks on East 4th Street in Spencer, Iowa. It was the first stop for school kids and the last of the neighborhood grocery stores. Johnson's had a memorable history to it along with other past grocery stores, currently not existing. ( Johnson's grocery building is now located on the Spencer Fair Grounds to enjoy.) I remember Super Valu at the corner of West 8th Street and Grand where HyVee is now. It was on the north end and faced towards the south. There was a deli in the store, I believe. In 1979, I remember purchasing groceries from Super Valu and carrying them in brown paper bags. A & P was a wholesale grocery store at the northeast corner of East 5th street and 1st Ave East intersection. Hanson's Plumbing is there now. Dry and canned groceries were kept in boxes on shelves. You also boxed your own groceries. Back then, cardboard boxes were utilized efficiently as we didn't have plastic grocery bags yet. Safeway, later Chuck's Jack and Jill, was located in the north mall. This was convenient if you had mall shopping to do. I wonder if my reader's remember Swanson's grocery store where Slumberland is now.
Spencer thrived with a variety of grocery stores. After all, no one can live without food. Each holds a significant memory to its past patrons. I bet you're thinking of a few right now. I know I'll definitely remember.