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Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

ICE HARBOR EMPORIUM. The Emporium was one of the first efforts during the 1970s to attract development in the ICE HARBOR.

The building was constructed around 1890 and had seen many uses. Originally it was a wholesale grocery warehouse. In 1909 Augustine A. COOPER had used it for storing wagon parts. DUBUQUE SEED COMPANY opened for business there in the 1930s. When the company moved to Key West, Jack Thompson of Dubuque used it as a storehouse.

In 1981 Joe Kucera of Dubuque saw the building as a mini-mall. Thompson who had years of experience franchising convenience stores in Dubuque saw the potential, and the Ice Harbor Emporium was started.

The first and second floors were the first to be opened for business. Each shop owner rented a 10' by 20' space. The rest of the building would remain open. Rent would be about twenty dollars per month with common expenses being shared.

The 1983 through 1987 Dubuque City Directory listed 169 Iowa.

The 1989 through 1993 Dubuque City Directory listed 98 E. 4th.

Photo courtesy: Bob Reding



Freund, Bob,"Ice Harbor Mall to Offer Unique Wares," Telegraph Herald, Apr. 21, 1982, p. 6. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HclFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YAUNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6733,2567852&dq=ice+harbor+dubuque&hl=en