The arrival of the supermarket in the mid-twentieth century changed the shopping habits of the American people. Corner grocery stores that delivered continued, but they struggled and most were gone by the end of the century. Several larger grocery stores opened in the greater Irvington area in the 1940s and 50s including this Preston's located on the northwest corner of East 16th Street and Emerson Avenue.
The intersection remains a busy one in 2013 and the structure still serves as a grocery, now called Safeway's.
Preston's Supermarket located at 5040 East 16th Street c1958