The original Oak Cliff Whole Foods?

Image courtesy of the George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection at SMU
Image courtesy of the George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection at SMU

Our neighborhood might never get a Whole Foods, but it already had a “Pure Foods.”

Hicks’ Pure Foods was a grocery store in business from 1911-1918 at 900 W. Seventh, which would be around Tyler and Seventh (I can’t seem to match it to any existing building, but maybe one of our readers has a keener eye).

The only time the store was mentioned in the newspaper was after a fence fire in June 1912. The spirited language in the story is proof that reporters have always loved a good fire on a slow news day.

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  • Smokey

    I believe the 900 block was used as a broader location. The word “Pure” was common in marketing at that time as the Pure Food and Drug Act was implemented. At Tyler and Seventh members of the Culverhouse family operated a wholesale grocers supply that serviced various Mom and Pop’s in the 40’s-70’s. Earlier it was a retail grocery as I understood it. Great coverage of that $50.00 fire btw!

  • lakewoodhobo

    Perhaps we’ll never get a Whole Foods, but the new 365 brand of stores could make it to our area.