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Old Posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:04 PM
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Hattem's on Vermont

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The grand opening of the second Hattem's Market at 8021 S. Vermont on April 4, 1931, is
celebrated with a giant cake in the form of Los Angeles City Hall, with a replica of the
Lindbergh light on top. (The first Hattem's store was on Western at 43rd [1927--see below]
and has been demolished.) I was surprised to find that such an opulent market was opened
after the Crash, and so far south of downtown. That the building still stands is a bonus.

Some sources (including its own website) claim King Kullen, a chain started in New York in
1930 and still operating, as the first supermarket. It seems, however, that Hattem's Market
predates King Kullen by three years. And apparently Hattem's was the first to issue trading
stamps....


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The opening of the first Hattem's at Western and 43rd, December 27, 1927.
Per one website, this resulted in the coining of the word "supermarket" when
the Southwest Wave, a community newspaper, described its grand opening.

More history here: http://historylosangeles.blogspot.co...r-17-1927.html

And many more interior photos here: http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/D...wdate=&hidate=

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