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4011 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Original Tenant: Penn Fruit
Address: 4011 Cottman Ave, Mayfair, Philadelphia, PA
Opened: ca. 1950s
Closed: by 1979
Later Tenants: Rite Aid > Drug Palace > Rite Aid
Photographed: July 2021
Today we're in the northeastern part of the Mayfair neighborhood for a look at a Penn Fruit (without the signature arched roof, since apparently this one was built before they adopted that building style). The 15,000 square foot building was actually constructed as a replacement for an older Penn Fruit store just across the parking lot at 7303 Frankford Ave, also later home to a Rite Aid before they moved into this Penn Fruit store, and now a post office. You can read all about the history of both locations over on JoshAustin610's page here. I mentioned in yesterday's post that full supermarkets are fairly scarce in these neighborhoods in this part of Philadelphia, but there are many small grocers that are more like convenience stores or bodegas, with grocery basics but little to no fresh foods. We'll be taking a look at one of those close by to this store tomorrow on The Independent Edition!