In 1947, Good Foods Inc. built a Skippy Peanut Butter plant on Highway 7, so close to Central Junior High you could smell it. The ad above, from the 1947 city directory, introduced Skippy to St. Louis Park:
“Good Foods, Inc. will soon be your neighbor. Their new plant now under construction will be completed [in] the early part of 1947. The location is at 5725 Highway Number 7, here in St. Louis Park.
“Their product, Skippy Peanut Butter, already a good friend of most of you, will then become a full-fledged St. Louis Park citizen.
“Most of you already know Skippy. It’s creamy smooth peanut butter with the winning flavor of fresh roasted peanuts ... Always a favorite ... that’s Skippy Peanut Butter, your new neighbor.”
A few years after Skippy came to town, the company became a major sponsor of local Little League baseball and built Skippy Field, which is still in use today.
Skippy left town in the late 1970s, and the location became the home of McGarvey Coffee. The plant is now vacant and the subject of redevelopment plans—stay tuned!
Jeanne Andersen is a trustee on the board of the St. Louis Park Historical Society.
Learn more about the history of St. Louis Park at slphistory.org.