Update: Demolished sometime before July of 2018 and later replaced with a Sav-a-Lot grocery store.
I was surprised to discover that this always-bustling grocery store had closed. The St. Louis Business Journal has the story of why it closed. Much of the North Side still had corner stores, or even liquor stores, but my observations have shown that the number of businesses serving local residents has plummeted in the last ten years. After the stores go out of business, it becomes less and less desirable to live in the houses nearby.