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Folsom A to Z: Cardinal-Inks

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Editor’s note: Folsom A to Z is an intermittent series in the Telegraph where readers can learn facts and history about Folsom. Each week, the Telegraph will select a landmark, place, historical figure and major historical event that start with the next letter of the alphabet. This week we continue with “I.”

  • Cardinal-Inks Super Market, by Charles, Russell and Dick Inks, opened their 32nd and largest store in Folsom in November of 1952.
  • Cardinal-Inks was located adjacent from the Folsom Union High School in what is now the Folsom Shopping Center that has stores such as Handley’s Western Wear, Sherwin-Williams Paint Store and more.
  • Cardinal-Inks chose to open a store in Folsom, as most residents at the time were living outside of the city of Sacramento.
  • At the time, Cardinal-Inks was revolutionizing the grocery store industry by bringing a whole new concept to the stores – a 300-foot self-serve refrigeration and freezer cases to store produce, pre-packaged meats, beverages, ice cream and more.
  • These refrigeration cases are what grocery stores currently use.
  • Loy Compton was the general manager of the Folsom store.