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Everett Area Better Business Association award committee representatives Stephanie Foor (BB&T), left, and Ken Tewell (KLA Roofing), second from left, present the Business of the Month Award to, from left, Joe, Lisa and Bob Appleby.

EVERETT — The Everett Area Better Business Association has selected the Everett Foodliner as the November Business of the Month.

Shoppers will find the current owners still working in the aisles in the store, just like their father did 55 years ago.

In 1964, Charles Appleby and his partner, Ray Koontz, opened the Everett IGA Foodliner at the corner of Water and First streets in Everett.

The business continued at that location until 1971, when they moved into the present location along West Main Street in Everett.

Since that time, there have been three major expansions in Everett. In 1974, the produce department was expanded; in 1983, the bakery and deli were added; and in 2003, a large warehouse addition with new freezers and coolers were added.

Charles Appleby’s sons, Bob and Joe, both began with the business at age 12 and assumed responsibility of running the store in 1981.

In 1987, seeking new opportunities for the business, a second store was opened in Saxton, formerly known as Masood’s IGA.

Continued growth at the Saxton location necessitated the need for a new facility.

In 2004, land was purchased and ground was broken for a new facility.

The new Saxton Market was built with a bakery/deli section, including a sandwich shop.

The facility also has a 4,000-square-foot retail space, separate from the grocery store, that currently houses a pharmacy.

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