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Museum Grocery-shop "Albert Heijn" at the Zaanse Schans (Zaanstad - Holland)

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn started life as a small grocery store. In 1887, Albert Heijn took over the store from his parents at the age of just 21. In this old grocery store, you can see the original furnishings and stock. Among other things, the shop has a wooden counter, a large coffee-grinder, brass scales, wooden containers for storing loose commodities like peas and beans, and coloured drums for colonial groceries. Butter was sold by the cup from the barrel and dry goods were put in paper bags in the old-fashioned way. The store shows how much shopping has changed in just over a century. The museum shop is located in a listed building, a typical example of a simple local wooden construction from the 19th-century.
It is a combination of two different buildings. The front part of the shop was originally located in Zaandam.
The rearmost part is a house that originates from Westzaan.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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