History of Corner Stores in Biddeford, Maine
History of Corner Stores in Biddeford, Maine
History of Corner Stores in Biddeford, Maine

The Heritage Lectures

History of Corner Stores in Biddeford

Join us at the historic First Parish Meetinghouse, 7 Meetinghouse Road.

Sara Bloom, retired Professor, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music will play the organ, Prelude No. 1, Bach with a hymn at the end of the program.

Dana Peck, ex-officio board member of the Biddeford Historical Society will give a talk on the history of corner stores.

What made a store successful in a neighborhood? Ethnic products?  Spoke foreign languages?  Allowed payment terms?  Best prices?  How did each survive in such a competitive market?  Who were their employees -- family, neighbors?

We will explore the differences of the evolution and demise of the corner store.

Year     # of Stores in Town
1920     57
1930     64
1939     81
1948     90
1956     67
1965     48
1970     39
1980     31 Biddeford/Saco
1987     19 Biddeford/Saco 
2022     3 Biddeford

DID YOU KNOW that Biddeford once had 90 corner stores?!

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The close of WW1 found Biddeford with a diverse population indicative of world migration due to the War. Ethnic and religious areas grew in parts of the city in an attempt to retain their immigrant culture.

Post WW1 saw parts of the City representative of the diversity. Over the years people became more assimilated and neighboods changed. The corner store evolution is a good indicator of that "Melting Pot."


History of Corner Stores in Biddeford, Maine


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