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Valentine Diners - Northeast Kansas

Exterior of Abilene diner.

Abilene

  • Business name: Rock Retail Liquor Store
  • Street address: 1600 N.W. 3rd Street
  • Open or closed: Open
  • History: Purchased new in 1949 by Jonah Callahan for use as a liquor store. Son-in-law Reeves Armstrong later owned the store, and added a concrete block addition on the back. Armstrong sold the store to Paul Nicholson and Larry Phelps in the 1960s.
  • Grady Reynolds was the owner in 1987, followed by Albert Miller. Vern and Kelly Rock are the current owners. A refrigerator was added to the building when Kansas law was changed to allow cold beer to be sold. Building has been remodeled and no longer has the distinctive Valentine look.

  • Model / serial number: Liquor Store / 767
  • Additional images:
    Exterior (before remodeling), ca. 1987

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