If you ran out of milk or eggs in the 1940s and 50s, you wouldn't consider driving "all the way" to 50th and France to Hove's (later Lund's) to get one or two items. You'd walk to the corner store, or better yet, send one of your kids there on his bike. If you were feeling generous, you might give him a nickel to buy a few pieces of penny candy or a bottle of pop.
If you lived around Valley View Road, your corner store was Tedman's located at the corner of Wooddale Avenue and Valley View. (See 1951 photo above.) The phone directory listed the store as "Wooddale Grocery," but everyone referred to it as Tedman's after the owners, George and Emma Tedman, who lived in the back of the store.
Nearly every Edina neighborhood had a little grocery store that stocked some staples, candy and pop, and canned goods. For many children, going to the corner store was the first errand they were trusted to make and the first money they ever spent on their own.
In the 1940s, Frank Cardarelle rode his bike down the one-mile stretch of gravel road from his house at Valley View Road and Highway 100 to Tedman's. He sometimes brought money, but often Mrs. Tedman marked his purchases on the family's tab, which was paid monthly. "Sometimes Mother would say we could buy a bottle of pop," he recalled, "but not often. Those little treats added up and you didn't want a big bill at the end of the month."
The corner grocery ruled during this time, because families usually had only one car, usually used by the father to go to work each morning. During the Depression, gas was too costly to waste for unplanned trips. During World War II, gas was rationed. Rutted gravel roads made residents think twice about heading to town for a missing ingredient.
As you can see by the photo above, suburban development was coming to the small rural Edina village in 1951. Homes sprouted up on Garrison Lane, a small ridge of high land between swampy ponds. Soon, most of the little stores disappeared, to be replaced by gas station/convenience stores. Dad was then entrusted to pick up a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk on his way home from work, when he gassed up the family sedan.
Some of Edina's corner stores included:
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