Wednesday, January 16, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
History of Grocery Shopping in Iowa City

When Iowa Citians shopped for groceries in the 1800s and the first part of the 1900s, there were no supermarkets, no “one-stop” shopping. Shoppers needed to visit several stores in order to purchase everything they wanted. Before 1930, small family-owned grocery stores made up almost all of the retail grocery industry. The way we bought groceries began to change by the late 1920s, and by the 1950s, the numbers of “mom and pop” stores were dwindling rapidly. The development of the grocery trade in Iowa City will be explored along with a discussion of the extant buildings that no longer house grocers.


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