Nelson Brothers Grocery Building, 1020 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Nelson Brothers Grocers Building

Nelson Bros. Grocery as it appeared when it first opened at 1020 Payne Ave. in 1908
50th Anniversary Celebration, 1953. Proprietor David Nelson holds a copy of the first photograph ever taken of Nelson Bros. Grocers.
Address: 1020 Payne Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Payne-Phalen, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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State/province
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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State/province:
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: c 1900
Primary Style: Commercial
Historic Function: Other
Historic Function: Retail Grocery
Current Function: Retail print shop
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
First Owner: Arthur, Albert and David Nelson

Payne-Phalen Saint Paul Ramsey County

Nelson Brothers Grocery Building, 1020 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.971927° N, 93.073261° WLatitude: 44°58′18.937″N
Longitude: 93°4′23.74″W
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History

This building located is located on Payne Avenue, an historic St. Paul Scandinavian retail district. It housed the Nelson Brothers' family grocery store from 1908 - 1970. It was subsequently converted to a VFW post and printing shop.

Nelson Brothers Grocers was a fixture in the Payne Avenue Scandinavian community. It was owned and operated continuously by the Nelson family for 67 years, and employed several family members throughout its history. Siblings Arthur Nelson, Albert Nelson, David Nelson, Minnie Nelson and Alma Nelson were first generation Americans, born of Swedish immigrants, and were heavily involved in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen Swedish community throughout their lifetime. Arthur opened the first store at 999 Payne Ave. in 1903, at age 19. The store was moved to its final location, a brand new building across the street at 1020 Payne Ave., in 1908.

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