Melvin and Mabel Arnston

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Melvin and Mabel Arnston

Arnston Grocery Store was another market that was important to its Kenmore neighborhood. Melvin and Mabel Arnston arrived in the Moorlands Heights area in 1938 with their teenage daughters Amber and Gloria. Teaming up with Mel’s brother Magnus, they opened a tiny grocery at NE 155th Street and 81st Avenue NE. On the outside wall of the 300-square-foot structure, they hung a sign: “Max and Mel serve you well.”

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