EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 207th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.
HUNTINGTON — Originally opened as a franchise location by the Planters Peanut Co. in 1924, the Peanut Shoppe was a downtown Huntington institution for more than 80 years. Located in the Huntington Arcade at 941 4th Avenue, the shop was ideally located for movie fans who liked to stop in on their way to or from the theater.
When Planters decided to exit the retail business, the shop became locally owned and over the years was owned and operated by a series of families.
Doug and Donna Myers bought the shop in 2000 and ran it for nine years. They continued the traditional dry-roasting of peanuts and added a number of new offerings, such as party trays and gift tins with the logos of area sports teams.
In 2006, when the nearby Keith-Albee Theater stopped showing movies, the Peanut Shoppe lost many of its best customers. In 2008, the Myers family sold the shop so they could concentrate on a new business venture, the Pitta Pit restaurant. The new owner was unable to make a go of the shop, which soon closed.
In 2014, Chef Ralph Hagy opened a deli, the Mulberry Street Meatball Co., in the former peanut store's long-vacant space. Hagy operates La Famiglia, a Southern Italian restaurant located in a vintage 1890s house at 1327 6th Ave. He said he originally intended La Famiglia to be a deli, but his customers demanded he turn it into a full-service restaurant. Opening the 4th Avenue deli reflected his original thinking, he said.
The deli has since closed, and the former peanut shop is once again vacant.
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