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Apel owned and operated APEL'S SUPERMARKET for twenty-two years before retiring in 1968. He remarked that local groceries came under increased competition from grocery chains. The development of convenience stores brought an end to most of the neighborhood grocery stores which were often required to purchase more from their suppliers than they could sell.
Apel soon returned to work, however, as an employee of the JAEGER-KUNNERT COMPANY, a wholesale grocer. When that store closed in 1974, he was reportedly looking for another part-time position.
Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, January 23, 1994, p. 11