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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