year | 1935
location | 230 N. Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ
style | modern
architect | unknown/Mae and Ben Ong
previous uses | Liberty Market grocery store, 1935-2006.
current use | Liberty Market Urban Bistro, 2009-present.
super sweet details | As recently as 1981, Liberty Market was Gilbert’s only grocery store within a 15-mile radius. The now-iconic neon sign was designed by Mae Ong, wife of owner Ben Ong in the 1940s. The interior of the market has been redone in a very modern/vintage, restoration hardware-esque way, with its most recent renovation taking place in October of 2013. Overall, it’s a very down-to-earth restoration of a building already embedded with a ton of Gilbert history.
verdict: totally rad.
Top three photos courtesy of Gilbert Historical Museum.
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