3.12.09

FINAST FIRST NATIONAL STORES


















FINAST FIRST NATIONAL STORES, was a retail supermarket brand in
the
northeastern United States until being absorbed by Edwards and its Dutch parent
Royal Ahold in the mid-1990s. Its name was an acronym for "First National Stores
Inc." Even after the store name was shortened, many still referred to the store as
"The First National" Had statewide locations!

14 comments:

  1. mthompsondc@gmail.comDecember 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Yep -- except its name was FINAST -- which stood for FIrst NAtional STores.

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  2. GREETINGS:
    I WORKED FOR "FINAST" FOR 34 YEARS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, AS PRODUCE MANAGER AND LATER AS DELI/BAKERY MANAGER. I STARTED IN EXETER, NH AND LATER IN HAMPTON, ROCHESTER, DOVER, PORTSMOUTH, DERRY AND FINALLY IN NASHUA, NH, RETIRING IN 1981.

    CHECK OUT THIS WEBSITE: http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/hampton/history/business/2000s/finast1920s.htm

    JOHN M. HOLMAN
    EMAIL: jholman@hampton.lib.nh.us

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    1. was there a First National Store in Massachusetts as well? IF so do you know where? thanks

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    2. I drove truck for finast for 25 years and Exeter was open at that time

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    3. I know where almost all finast were

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  3. Wow! Thanks for posting a FINAST page. My grandfather was one of the founders. All who worked for this company are grateful to see it remembered here in your blog. Many good people stood behind the FINAST brand and lived the company's strong values.

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  4. My grandfather Walter Ellis retired as a district supt of First National Stores insouthern new england about 1959--60.

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  5. Can anyone confirm there was a Finast/First National store in Centerdale, RI, back in the late 50s?

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  6. Yes, on Mineral Spring Avenue as you go onto Centerdale. There was a furniture store across the street from the First National store.
    Why are you interested in this location?
    I spoke to my dad who worked for First National for 40 some odd years and he remembers the store.
    pgrossman1@verizon.net

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  7. There was also a Finast (First National) on the Pawtucket line in South Attleboro... It later turned in a Brooks Drug... I think now, it is a Rite-Aid pharmacy.

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  8. We shopped at the First National on Chalkstone Ave Providence, RI [Mount Pleasant] back in the 50's.

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  9. Newport Ave East Providence/Pawtucket line closed mid 70s bldg. still there its sub divided into 3 businesses it behind the Burger King

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  10. I worked at the First National Store for ten years in Sanford, Maine. Started in 1969. Great job..

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