NAME OF BUSINESS: LCV Company — Greek & Mediterranean Grocery
PROPRIETORS: Lambros and Lisa Mihalopoulos
BUSINESS ADDRESS: 919 15th Ave, East Moline
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (309) 738-6452. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.
TYPE OF BUSINESS: Specialty grocery — Greek and Mediterranean food. Offering everything from extra virgin olive oil imported from Lambros' village in Greece to olives, a variety of Greek cheeses, Greek pasta, spices, gyro products, pastitsio, moussaka, spanakopita and tiroptia items, and Halal products.
WHEN BUSINESS OPENED: Oct. 1
WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? LCV Company is a wholesale distributor of Greek and Mediterranean products. We had requests from customers and friends for retail-size cheese and gyro products.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Remodeled existing space into offices, and the extra space became the grocery.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST HURDLE YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?Selecting the retail inventory to meet everyone's needs.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. We've had LCV Company — wholesale division since 2000.
TO WHOM DID YOU GO FOR ADVICE? My customers and friends.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.