Do You Remember Lupoi's Market?

Update: Walnut Creekers have memories of the store on Ygnacio Valley Road, prompted by this photo contributed by Tom Bacon.

More about Lupoi's Market history: "When two traffic lights glowed in Walnut Creek," by Judy (Lupoi) Teames.

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."

Tom Bacon uploaded the historic photo to our "Walnut Creek Pics & Clips" file. Just click on "Submit Photos & Videos." Please send us more historical photos. You can put a caption in there or email a longer caption to the Walnut Creek Patch editor at lance.howland@patch.com

Lance Howland August 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Diane: You probably should have broken that comment into two paragraphs. Some people are going to read that to mean you had a license to drive a horse! {-: Was there a dirt trail that came up to Lupoi's? Did you ride the horse on the shoulder of the road? Hard to visualize traffic on YVR being light enough to accommodate a horse. What year was this? Also, in case you missed it, there's another piece about Lupoi's, "When Two Traffic Lights Glowed in Walnut Creek," written by Judy (Lupoi) Teames. http://patch.com/A-xdCJ --- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
Tricia Spears August 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
My brothers and I did the same thing and if Peggy is one of your sisters, I went to school with her! Tricia Feeney Spears
Cindy January 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Lance, I am just eading this comment now and was looking for a "You know you grew up in walnut creek if" site. Any ideas of any? I live in CT now but grew up in Walnut Creek until I was 12 then moved to Pleasant Hill. Cindy
steve mayfield January 29, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I remember Lupoi's as the place to stop for candy and drinks coming to or going from Walnut Creek Intermediate school in 1965-1966 One of the best memories of Walnut Creek
jessica freels January 31, 2013 at 09:40 PM
my mother used to go there late in the evening and get milk. When Mt. diablo was on fire, I remember driving there with her, and sitting on top of our an in the parking lot. And watching the fire. It was something i will never forget.


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