Patch reader Tom Bacon sent in this photo of Ygnacio Valley Road a half-century ago, and the memories have flooded in — on the Patch comment stream and on Walnut Creek Patch's Facebook site.
There are a lot of fond reminiscences of Lupoi's Market across the street, in the area close to today's Iron Horse Trail pedestrian bridge over Ygnacio Valley Road. The fresh crab at Lupoi's was a hit. On the other side of the market were railroad tracks that were still in use. Kids put pennies on the rail to squish.
Other stores were closed, but Lupoi's was conveniently open on holidays and Sundays.
Patch reader Paula Miller wrote: "This store is what Walnut Creek used to be all about......locally owned and operated and always open for your convenience. Tony Lupoi was a feisty guy who didn't take well to shoplifters and such and there wasn't much you couldn't find in his store, particularly on a Sunday evening (long before the days of 24/7 shopping at large supermarkets). Had a great butcher shop and wonderful fish market. Tony went to the SF produce market every day so the produce was fresh and great. Sure do miss it."
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