Sim­mons Mar­ket marks 80 years

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket in Down­town Cam­bridge will cel­e­brate 80 suc­cess­ful years of busi­ness this Septem­ber.

Sit­u­ated in the same spot at 600 Race Street since open­ing day, Cen­ter Mar­ket is now owned and op­er­ated by County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers and his wife Rosi, along with other mem­bers of their fam­ily.

“I can tell you our is fam­ily blessed to be able to do what we’ve done,” said Mr. Travers. “It’s great to be able to carry on the long-stand­ing

tra­di­tion that my grand­fa­ther started.”

He said he hopes the store will con­tinue to thrive with his fam­ily for years to come.

The con­cept of self-ser­vice gro­cery stores are prac­ti­cally all we know to­day, but 80 years ago, it was a new con­cept brought to Cam­bridge for the first time when Jim and Libby Sim­mons opened Cen­ter Mar­ket’s doors.

To­day, the mar­ket spe­cial­izes in fresh cut meats, fresh pro­duce, pantry sta­ples, pa­per prod­ucts, gifts, and more, all served with good, old-fash­ioned cus­tomer ser­vice.

Ad­ja­cent to the mar­ket is the green­house with all man­ner of flow­ers and plants avail­able through­out the grow­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing poin­set­tias for the hol­i­days, plus gar­den dé­cor such as foun­tains, stat­ues, and flags.

Cen­ter Mar­ket also boasts a thriv­ing whole­sale busi­ness op­er­ated out of the store’s sec­ond floor, sell­ing bulk prod­ucts to lo­cal restau­rants, schools, and events.

The Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket fam­ily will wel­come the com­mu­nity at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 7, for a “busi­ness af­ter hours” open house to cel­e­brate this mo­men­tous an­niver­sary. RSVP to the event by con­tact­ing the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce at 410-228-3575, info@dorch­ester­cham­ber.org, or on the Cham­ber Face­book event page.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket on Race Street in Cam­bridge cel­e­brates its 80th an­niver­sary in 2017.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Pho­tos of busi­ness through the years, cour­tesy of Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Comptroller Peter Fran­chot and his wife An­nie visit down­town Cam­bridge for Shop Mary­land for the Hol­i­days. Here, they pose with Calvin, Rosie, and Ricky Travers at Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket.

Pho­tos of busi­ness through the years, cour­tesy of Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket.

Pho­tos of busi­ness through the years, cour­tesy of Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket.

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