Where we shopped then ... and how it has all changed

Holsum Bread grocery story

The Holsum Bread distributor delivers to the Quality Food Store on Main Street in the 1940s. Quality was one of Crestview's many family-owned grocery stores.

COURTESY BETTY CURENTON & CLAUDIA PATTEN | Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 at 16:07 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Today, residents choose from four Crestview supermarkets and one in Baker to meet their households' grocery needs.

In the 1940s, folks had far more choices.

"Crestview: The Forkland," by Betty Curenton and Claudia Patten, lists more than 15 family-owned grocery stores among 1940s businesses.

Curenton, whose parents operated Sanders Grocery and Market, said personal service was a commodity the family-owned stores had in abundance.

"They cut their own meat," she said. "They waited until the customer came in and wanted a special cut. Mother could cut it as well as Daddy could."

The chains arrive

Homer Holland brought the first chain grocery store to Okaloosa County in 1944.



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