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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Westminster Co-op grocery receipt from July 29, 1998.

The Westminster Co-Op began in the late 1930s as a result of discussions involving the Rinehart family, Farm Bureau, and the Grange.

According to information provided by the Co-op many years ago, “by the end of 1947, the Co-Op had 347 members…”

My family, the Wright family, were members, if not founding members.

In 1948, the store moved from Main Street to a brand new large facility in what we know today as Locust Lane – where Paradiso’s carry-out facility is now located. An article in the Democratic Advocate read: “New Co-Op Store A Credit To City - Located Opposite Parking Grounds - Committees Assisting Manager For Official Opening Oct. 7th.— A group of customers representing a cross section of Westminster and Carroll County consumers met at the new Co-op Store on Tuesday night to help the manager select the merchandise for the new store.

"They brought lists of can sizes, types of packages, variety of brands of food and household items they wish the store to carry in order that the New Co-op Market at 8 Locust street, may meet their complete household needs. ‘The Co-op which necessarily has limited its variety of goods until now,’ said Bob Burk, the manager of the new market, ‘will have a new look.’ 

"We shall attempt to sell all the kinds of goods that our customers may need which are consistent with the quality standards for which the Co-op is known. "Democratic Advocate, October 1, 1948."


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