narcoleptish wrote:Here's my contribution: Food Country, corner of Monona Dr. & Cottage grove Rd. My first post-high school employer.
That is the store I remember as C & P.
My parents always talked about it starting out as a vegetable stand (sometime in the 30s or 40s) that by the early 50s had grown into a conglomeration of added-on store buildings. My folks said the initials were for two partners (Carl and Paul, or Carl and Peter, something like that).
By the late 50s/early 60s those earlier buildings had been replaced by the full fledged supermarket that I remember shopping at in the 60s and 70s. There was a Rennebohm Drug Store, the C & P Grocery Store, the C & P Garden Center, and across Cottage Grove Rd was the C & P Plaza with more retail stores. Busse St ran all the way through to Cottage Grove Rd.
Today, the Walgreen's on the corner of Monona Dr and Cottage Grove Rd stands where Rennebohm's and the C & P Grocery Store once stood. Both Renne’s and the grocery store faced CG Rd with Renne's on the Monona Drive side. The original C & P Garden Center occupied the lot on the east side of the corner of Busse St and CG Rd (closer to CG Rd than the grocery store).
In the mid 70s they blocked off Busse St, tore down the original garden center, and built a new Rennebohm Drug Store and C & P Garden Center. I can't remember what happened to the "old" Rennebohm's, but I think the grocery store expanded into there. I remember all of these stores still being in operation in the late 70s. I kind of lost track of when they all closed.
Today the Madison Public Library’s Pinney Branch occupies the "new" Rennebohm's, and the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store occupies the "new" garden center.
I can't find any pictures of the grocery store I remember, but this Angus McVicar photo shows the corner of Monona Dr & Cottage Grove Rd before C & P in 1933. This is looking north up Monona Dr (as it turns into Atwood Ave), CG Rd is on the right. Note the Walterscheit farm (house, barn, and outhouse) in the background. I recall snoqueen mentioning the Walterscheit farm in past threads.http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=5220
Here is an Angus McVicar photo of the same site in 1947. The photographer has his back to CG Rd, facing north. Monona Dr / Atwood Ave is running along the left side. I wish McVicar had also taken photos of the vegetable stand or store that C & P had (and maybe he did), but I think he was taking these photos for Borden. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=30605
This 1979 photo was taken inside the “new” Rennebohm’s. This is now the Pinney Branch library. Note the view through the window of the C & P Plaza stores and the Lake Edge Bar (now the Jade Monkey) across the street. This scene causes me to pine for the Rennebohm's number nine breakfast.http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullRecord.asp?id=34005