Thursday, April 4, 2013

Actor Peter Falk’s Grocery Store Roots

1920s Dry Goods Store
Actor Peter Falk was a native of Ossining, New York in Westchester County. His father ran a grocery store. In early 20th century one could find similar small mom and pop grocery stores everywhere, says Marc Levinson in his book The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2011). With little capital or knowledge one could open such a store, purchase a how to become a grocer instruction book which contained sample ordering and bookkeeping forms.  Moreover whole salers made credit available to purchase needed inventory to small retailers.  One also could rent a store front with an upstairs apartment making the grocery store business attractive. Thus Falk's father traveled a road well traveled among would be entrepreneurs. 

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