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A Blast From the Past
Shirley and her husband Gus sent us a message that they'd like to tour the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market. They were up from their home in Florida and Shirley was feeling nostalgic and wanted to visit the place that employed her dad for 46 years.
Irvin Knouse, Shirley's father, worked for Wick & Brother, Inc. on Dock Street from 1911 to 1957.
Two years after Irvin's retirement, the Market moved to The Food Distribution Center in South Philly from 1959-2011. Now settled into its new home on Essington Avenue, the world’s largest fully-enclosed, fully-refrigerated wholesale produce terminal market houses 22 merchants, many of whom trace their roots back to Dock Street.
Shirley and Gus were thrilled to meet up with Joe and Rory Liberta of Wick & Brother, Inc. and were especially thrilled that the new restaurant within the Market, Dock Street Café, gives a nod to the past.
Wick & Brother, Inc. was established in 1876, "100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence," notes Shirley.