Date: Sun, 15 May 1994 23:16:22 -0700


Subject: Re: genitive in names of businesses

Nor, Dennis (B.), is May's True Value, as of my last visit two years ago,

in which I came away grieving the loss (unless they have simply relocated

to another part of town). But that was the name, and the Mays a valued

family to their many customers.

(The nor in response to "Gimbels is no more", in case anyone missed

the antecedent.)

I'll have to scope out the local scene. I think Walmart (recently

arrived, and hence not part of the folk-reference), is simply Walmart.

But we do have Carl's Jr. (hamburger chain, for all you non-Californians),

again the official title. Personally, I've often shopped at Safeway, never

at Safeway's.

--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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