Before there were those newfangled "Super Markets," we had the neighborhood grocery store. It was usually a relatively small room with shelves around 3 walls with the counter taking over the 4th wall. The grocer had the shelves stocked floor to ceiling and in order to reach a product on the top shelf he utilized that "grocery grabber" and retrieved it from it storage space on high. We all had a neighborhood grocer. Service was highly personalized and our friendly neighborhood grocer knew us all by name. Most of us had a running IOU with the trusting grocer. In our neighborhood it was Palombi's on South Olden Avenue. Then along came the precursor to today's supermarket; a new innovation known as "American Stores." They were a bit larger and held a more comprehensive stock. The rest is history. In the late 40's or early 50's the supermarket was introduced to the American consumer. Remember "Food Fair?"