by Jerry Kasperek
Correction No. 1: Bob Weston called to say that he was not the manager of the A&P as I reported in my last column but manager of the old Grand Union market.
It was on South Second Street in the City of Fulton across from the phone company about where a strip mall takes up space today.
Bob worked there from 1962 to 1967. But after five years of long hours away from home and a young family, he decided to leave the grocery business behind.
As luck would have it, there was an opening to buy a franchise to sell Pepperidge Farms Bread and Thomas Muffins.
Ironically, his delivery truck route, from Mattydale to Mexico, gave Bob long hours as well. He was up before the crack of dawn until mid afternoon when his workday was done.
In fact, his T-Muffin truck was a familiar sight and sound as it slowly motored its way down West Third Street toward home, a signal for us — the neighbors in the 800 block — that our day was also winding down and soon it would be time to call the kids in for supper.
Bob was the muffin man for 38 years, retiring in 2005. He and I reminisced for a moment about all the supermarkets that have disappeared from our hometown scene: The Market Basket, The A&P, the Victory, ACME, Grand Union, TOPS, P&C, and the Mirabito’s stores, not to mention all the little mom and pop corner groceries we grew up with.
Correction No. 2: Don Gates called to say that the real name of the tall, lanky fellow I wrote about last time, the man who walked everywhere he went, was George Hutchins and not Hawkshaw, a moniker someone apparently dubbed him with while he was still a young man.
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