The Seaway Market in Norton Park

Someone — I think her name was Gloria — posted this picture of the Seaway Market on Facebook a few months back and asked if anyone remembered the place. I saved the image, but can’t find the Facebook post anymore.

Here’s the deal with the Seaway Market:

It was located at 7411 Grand Avenue, next to the Lake Superior Zoo and across the street from the Munger Inn. The photo above is dated August 1959, which is around the time it opened.

It was owned by Elmer A. Nordquist. Perhaps that’s him with his wife in the photo. In the early 1970s, Mrs. Frances L. Anderson was listed as owner of the market. By the mid-1970s it was no longer in business.

Today it’s the location of the Armor Fuel & Save.


Connie Wrazidlo

about 14 years ago

Brings back good memories going there with my grandma to get my fresh fruit and penny candy. Oh, and there was a China shop next door.

Beth Miller

about 14 years ago

Those were my grandparents that owned it. Frances remaried and that is why the last name changed to Anderson. There was a china shop next door, also owned by Frances. I remember it well. Before we walked in the door we were instructed "do not touch anything"

Paul Lundgren

about 14 years ago

Beth, can you tell if that is indeed Elmer and Frances in the photo?


about 14 years ago

Is that the same spot the bait shop was located at?

Judy Rose

about 14 years ago

So much fun, wish it was still. Drove past  last week going to Morgan Park, breakfast at Tappa Keg, walking on the trail ... incomparable.

Beverly Miner

about 14 years ago

I particularly remember the china shop where I purchased a set of china (on time) for my mother, with my very first job in the early 1960s.


about 14 years ago

Yes, this is also the location of "The Bait Shop" in the 1980s. I believe I have a photo of that building as well.


about 14 years ago

From 1922 to 1940, that was the location of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. The church building was moved to its current location on Caldwell Street on Christmas Day in 1940.

The reason it was moved was because the new zoo service road that was built next to the church, kept flooding the building. The church sued the city and won, which paid for the cost to move it several blocks away.


about 14 years ago

Haha!  I remember stopping at "The Bait Shop" as well.  I'd go there with my dad on the way to fishing "on the tracks," between Gary & Oliver.

Paul Lundgren

about 14 years ago

The Bait Shop was open from roughly 1981 to 1996. The proprietors were James J. Buskar and Douglas A. Hutchings.

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