opening of Rico's Food
Center after the old store
was torn down and the
new one opened. On the
left is Rico Calarese
holding up the first dollar
taken in at the opening.
Now and Then - Henry Patrick's Store/Rico's Food Center
Community, started his grocery business in Hopedale in 1867. He
eventually had two stores; one in the center of town and one at the
corner of Route 16 and Hopedale Street. (Patrick's Corner) The store in
the center, shown in the top several pictures, was bought by Rico
Calarese in 1956, and operated under the name, The Food Center.
After using the old building for some years, Rico built a new store behind
it. When it was completed, the original store was razed to make room for
a parking lot. The picture just below the one showing the house
demolition was taken by Hopedale historian Winogene Noyes during the
brief time when the new building was nearly finished, but before the old
one was torn down. Some years later the store closed, and the structure
was converted into an office building, as seen in the picture at the
At the election in November of 1970, breaking with a tradition that went
back to the days of the Hopedale Community, the town voted to allow the
sale of wine and beer. In March 1971, a package store was added to the
Food Center was the name of the first store my father initiated after
leaving employment at Patrick's Store on Hopedale Street. This store
was opened for business in a small white building on Mendon Street, a
few doors up from where Patrick's Corner Store was located. The year
was around 1950.
"As time went on, my father purchased the H.L. Patrick store on
Hopedale Street, next to the Drug Store. After several successful years
in this location, it was determined that a new, larger building was needed
to accommodate the customers of Hopedale, Milford and other
surrounding towns. A barn and cottage located further back on the
property were torn down, making way for the new market. Following
completion of the new building, further back on the property, the original
Patrick's Store (which had continued being called the Food Center) was
torn down. When the new supermarket was opened, it was renamed...
"In 1970, the town voted to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold in
Hopedale. My father applied for the liquor license, which was approved
by the town. A small corner of the new market was designated as the
"At one time or another, all members of my family worked in the store...
My father, mother, my three brothers and myself."
Henry Patrick's Store Patrick's by Peter Hackett
Leola Sterns's Memories of Patrick's