Does anyone remember National Tea Company? Despite its misleading name in the city phone directory, it sold more than tea and wisely chose to advertise that fact by putting "food stores" on its building. The full-fledged grocery store was one of several in a national chain based in Chicago. For more on the company, see the Encyclopedia of Chicago web site.
National opened in Edina in the later 1940s, and apparently remodeled based on the differences in the two photos. The chain struggled after being bought out by a Canadian company in the 1960s, and the Edina store was one of the casualties.
The site at 3945 West 50th Street is now a Lunds grocery store, which was originally just across the street. Some long-time residents will remember that Lunds opened in 1942 as a Hove's supermarket. For more on Lunds history, see the Lunds & Byerly's web site.
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