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World's First Supermarket (Upham's Corner) - 1938 | by Origins of Business
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World's First Supermarket (Upham's Corner) - 1938

July 7,1915 - John and Paul Cifrino established Upham's Corner Market Co., fruit and vegetable store in storefront in Dorchester, MA; 1920 - expanded to 600 Columbia Road (above, at right in distance at wine bottle advertisement sign); 1926 - expanded, constructed additional 21,600 square feet of retail space; total retail floor area over 50,000 square feet, more than ten times size of larger area meat markets, some thirty times size of customary neighborhood corner store; advertised as "The Biggest Food Store in the World", first one-stop shopping center in Boston; world's first "supermarket"; 1928 - acquired by United Markets, Inc. (became Elm Farm Market after WW II, closed in 1970s).


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Taken on June 27, 2008