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Star Grocery

Berkeley History

 
 
Star Grocery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 6, 2020
1. Star Grocery Marker
Inscription.  The Star Grocery, one of Berkeley's oldest and most beloved family-run businesses, was founded in 1922 by Greek immigrant brothers Nick and Jim Pappas. They originally hand delivered groceries in wicker baskets which, as the business flourished, were replaced by a fleet of delivery trucks. During the Depression, the Pappas brothers generously extended credit, writing off thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.

The colorful marquee with the dominant star was added during a 1949 expansion. In 1974 Jim's son Nick assumed management, continuing to offer quality merchandise in the trusting personal family style that has attracted neighborhood loyalty over the decades.
 
Erected 2012 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 51.282′ N, 122° 14.886′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Claremont Avenue and The Uplands, on the right when traveling south on Claremont

Star Grocery Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 6, 2020
2. Star Grocery Marker - wide view
The marker is on the right side of the building, just to the left of the telephone pole.
Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3068 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Claremont Public Improvements (a few steps from this marker); John Muir School (approx. ¼ mile away); Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Original Location (1968) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Strand (Elmwood) Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Kelsey Ranch (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bill's Trading Post and Gem Gallery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claremont Court Gate and Street Markers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anthony Boucher: Editor and Writer (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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