Old Eighth Street Market building’s days are numbered

Eighth Street Market 2016

The former Eighth Street Market building at 5702 W. Eighth St. is slated for demolition.


Built in 1916, it served into the 1940s as Reuben Paulson’s grocery store and meat market.

Advertisement for E. R. Paulson’s grocery store and meat market from the Dec. 2, 1921 issue of the Duluth Herald.

The store changed hands numerous times in the following decades, carrying the names M & J Market, Green’s Handy Market, Engstrom’s Handy Market and Clauson Handy Market. By 1973 it was known as Eighth Street Market.

Eighth Street Market 2010

Eighth Street Market 7-Up Sign 2010The building’s era as Eighth Street Market ended in the late 1980s. Apartments in the building were occupied beyond 2010.

On May 15, 2012, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of flames inside the building’s lower level. Firefighters controlled the blaze within 30 minutes. The building had been condemned for human habitation by that time, so it was unoccupied. Because there were no utilities in the building, the fire was considered suspicious. An arson investigation found no culprit.

The Eighth Street Market sign remained on the building until 2013.

Wilfred and Mardell Pelican

Eighth Street Market was best known for its friendly proprietors, Mardell and Wilfred Pelican. Mardell’s trademark was to greet customers by saying hi twice in rapid succession. “Hi-hi!” The walls were covered with photos of kids in the neighborhood who frequented the store.



about 8 years ago

It's been on the market for a while. Two apartments and business space below. Crappy parking and drive up location. Not to mention Herion Central.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

I missed most of the action, but caught some of the cleanup from today's demolition. 

Eighth Street Market Remains

Crumbled Memories

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