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Picturing the Past 144: Mittwede's interior

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 7:15 AM

The interior of Mittwede's IGA in 1973 following a remodeling. (T-G file photo)
Remember when large grocery stores were locally-owned?

Check out the checkout area of Mittwede's in Shelbyville, shown here in 1973 during a "grand opening" following a major remodeling. (The store had actually operated for years at that time).

Those were the pre-scanner days when each item had to be manually keyed into the cash register - no scanners or computerization here. Looks like all the bags were paper in those days. No plastic then.

How much longer did Mittwede's stay in business? I'm thinking it was gone by sometime in the late 1970s-early 1980s.

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I believe my family had to close the store in 74 or 75. I was very young but do remember being at the store before I started school.

-- Posted by smittwede on Thu, Feb 2, 2012, at 11:40 AM

David,I'm thinking it closed in the late 70's.It sat empty for a time and then an electrical supply place moved in around the early or mid 80's.I think Day Brothers went out after Mittwede's closed.I could be thinking backwards.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Jan 31, 2012, at 6:31 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.