Innovation key to Columbia's grocery wars

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 11:09 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 15, 2009

COLUMBIA — There wasn't a day that went by for 127 years that either a Nowell's retail or wholesale grocery store wasn’t doing business in Columbia. In 2003, however, the Nowell's stores on Keene Street and Nifong Boulevard closed their doors to customers, ending a Columbia tradition that dated to 1876.