Time traveling to Moore’s grocery

Vernon Moore: Richard Doherty

This photo of old-school grocer Vernon Moore is a portrait of the past: Richard Doherty

Vernon Moore served Oak Cliff as a grocer for nearly 50 years.

He opened Moore’s Grocery near Rosemont Elementary School in 1940 and retired 40 years later. But that didn’t last long; Moore reopened on Edgefield in 1984.

“This was a real kickback to a different era. You felt like you were stepping into the past.”

In the early ’90s, photographer Richard Doherty had a gig in which he received free Polaroid Type 55 film in exchange for photos.

“So I started shooting pictures of what I always do, which is portraits of friends, family and the community,” he says.

One day, walking his kids home from Rosemont, he “just went in and made a picture” of Moore.

Moore’s Grocery was a throwback even then, Doherty says.

“The grocery stores that your parents and I went to in the ’50s, every little grocery store was just like that,” he says. “This was a real kickback to a different era. You felt like you were stepping into the past.”

Doherty, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, still makes portraits of a similar style — “serious, dignified and more stoic than is the current practice,” he says.

Vernon Moore and his wife, Louise, had a son, Rodney Moore, an OB/GYN who served Parkland Hospital for 44 years.

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  1. Randall March 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Emmett Moore used to live in the home I owned at 1606 Rio Vista Drive. His name is etched in the concrete driveway.

  2. Gayla Brooks
    Gayla Brooks March 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM


    Dr. Rodney Moore/Moore’s Grocery Store


  3. Bill Melton February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Thank you Mr. Moore for your wonderful store. Every afternoon, following classes at
    Rosemont (the Baby Bisons) Elementary, we stopped and purchased football, baseball
    and even War Bubble Gum cards. And in those days, the bubble gum was included.
    Oh how I wish that those great cards had not gotten thrown away!

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