Hearts of the neighborhood: Readers share fond memories of Lewiston-Auburn’s many local markets

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Victor’s Self Service Market at 417 Main St. in Lewiston is shown in this picture from 1953 and still fondly remembered. Courtesy city of Lewiston

Maura Murphy as a child, wheeling off for Victor’s market on Main Street in Lewiston in the 1970s. Submitted photo

It was the mid-1970s, and for a 6-year-old Lewiston girl named Maura Murphy, a stop at a little store called Victor’s market was about the best thing in the world. 

She’d jump on her Schwinn bicycle with its sparkly purple banana seat and off she’d wheel to Main Street, where Victor’s sat, surrounded by a hair salon, a laundromat, a drugstore and a diner. 

Fifty years later, Murphy still remembers the smell of the store, which she describes as a weird mix of fish and cigarette smoke.  

“For all of its grime,” Murphy wrote of her favorite childhood store, “Victor’s had a first-rate selection of candy — hundreds of chocolate bars displayed in rows that reached from…

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