You may remember Olson Brothers Pharmacy at its last location in the same building as Jerry's Foods on Vernon Avenue.
Olson Brothers Pharmacy began here in 1955 at 5008 Vernon Avenue (the north side of Vernon Avenue, near Interlachen.) Brothers Roy and Doug Olson took over space occupied by the Grandview Market, the original grocery store owned by Jerry Paulsen.
(Yes, the same Jerry who goes on to own 35 stores in four states and employ more than 4,500 workers at Edina businesses that include Jerry’s Foods, Jerry’s Printing, Jerry’s Hardware, and Cub Foods on France Avenue. In addition, the national corporate headquarters are located at 5101 Vernon Avenue, anchored by Jerry’s Foods.)
Jerry and the Olson Brothers would have a long relationship in real estate. The Minneapolis brothers, who attended Washburn High School and the University of Minnesota, would move twice more – all less than a couple blocks away from the original site. In 1961, the pharmacy relocated next to Jerry's Lucky Dollar grocery store across the street. Three years later, they would make their final home next to the current Jerry’s Foods.
The brothers retired and sold their business in 1994, but the store still carried their name until recently.
Next to the original Olson Brothers Pharmacy was Wong’s Grandview Cafe and Grandview Direct Service gas station.
As you can see from the 1959 phone directory ad, Roy and Mabel Wong specialized in "authentic Chinese and American Dishes" and offered "speedy take-out service on Chow Mein."
I didn't find the Wongs in the residential listings for Edina, so they likely didn't live in town. I don't know much more about the little cafe. If you dined on Wong's chow mein or other food, please share your memories with us. Tell us what you remember about any of these three businesses by commenting here or emailing me.
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