Metro Square Building (Emporium), 121 7th Place East , Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Metro Square Building
|Address:||121 7th Street E|
|Neighborhood/s:||Downtown, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Ramsey County, Minnesota|
|Major Alterations:||Significantwarning.png"Significant" is not in the list of possible values (Intact, Some/mostly intact, Altered, Significant Alterations, Alterations more apparent than original) for this property.|
|Historic Function:||Department store|
|Material of Exterior Wall Covering:||Glass|
|Material of Roof:||Asphalt|
The Metro Square building is actually the Emporium Department store (built 1911).
Memories and stories
The Emporium was a major department store. The basement had a bakery; and grocery and meats department. They would grind your coffee beans for you in a very large, red grinder. My mother, Anne Johnson, started working there in the bakery in 1922. She later became the cashier in the grocery department, and worked there until it closed. The employees were great people and a very close-knit group.