Do you remember when there was a Young’s IGA grocery store on Cleveland Road near Portage? It was in the building where Big Lots is today.
After a rather extensive remodeling and expansion project in 1977, the grocery store decided to mark the occasion by giving away a three-minute shopping spree to one lucky winner. Each time you made a purchase you were given a little perforated green ticket to tear in half — you kept half and dropped the other half into a big barrel just inside the entrance.
Well, on the day of the drawing, the ticket with my name on it was the one picked out of the barrel.
So ... on a Friday morning in early October I stood at the ready, tightly gripping the grocery cart handle, trying to remember all the helpful and sometimes not so helpful suggestions I had received during the previous week from my four children, my husband, family, friends and Daily Record co-workers.
Having already mapped out my strategy during a few ‘dry runs’ several days earlier ... I was raring to go. Now all I had to do was remember to toss as much as I could into the cart when I reached the frozen food and meat departments, and to load up on cans of ground coffee (which had recently skyrocketed in price). Oh, and to grab a few of the silly little items each of my kids had asked for.
Suddenly I heard a voice announce over the loudspeaker, "three seconds, two seconds, one second — GO!"
I was off and running.
I don’t remember very much about the shopping spree except the three minutes went by all too quickly. Somewhere between the salmon and the Sara Lee my mind went totally blank.
As the woman at the checkout began ringing up the total (which eventually added up to $366.61) I was surprised to see what I had actually tossed into those three grocery carts.
After the ‘spree’ was over, my husband and I headed straight to Sears to purchase a freezer for all the meats and frozen foods.
Incidentally, the value of the groceries and the cost of the freezer just about cancelled each other out. By the way, that freezer ran for 40 years without requiring a service call. (They don’t make ’em like they used to ... do they?)
During the late ’30s and early ’40s, Freedlander’s department store used to have a beauty shop.
Thought you should know.
Columnist Ann Gasbarre can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-345-6419.