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May 29, 2017


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Jimmy Corno built a landmark business. His son John, through reckless spending, ran it into the ground.

John's passion was collecting classic cars. Unfortunately he chose to spend money on cars rather than on inventory and payroll. He would hire a CPA and ask "what's wrong". The CPA would say "you are spending too much on yourself". John would fire that CPA and hire a new one. He would change banks and try to get a new line of credit. His last bank was out of Hong Kong. When Western Family wholesale cut him off, it was curtains to a great Portland business.

I used to loved going to corno's had the best fruit and vegetables in town,those were the days.

Jimmy hired me on my 16th birthday and was a great guy to work for. Always had a smile on his face and was friendly not only to customers but to his employees.
Brother Al was the guy who made the place run and brother Frank had a business of his own (Portland Salvage Box Company)and would drive around and pick up wooden boxes and crates from most of the grocery stores, rebuild them and sell them back at the Portland Market (11th and Belmont).

Jimmy always had a job waiting for him young employees when returning from college on breaks and holidays.

Sad, sad days, when Cornos folded. I loved that place.. creaky old wood floors, such wonderful smells, and what a selection... 😣😣😣😣😣

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