Henry and Joe Franco opened their first market in San Jose, 1922.

(Located where the present San Jose City Hall now stands)

All photos property of April Bowen.


Henry Franco (right) and father Battista. Oct. 1922.
This was brothers' Henry and Joe's first store located
on Santa Clara Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.

New Store

The Franco's moved to a new and bigger location
at 5th and Santa Clara Streets in 1926.

Inside new store

Inside the "new" 5th & Santa Clara Street Store.
Circa 1926.

Inside new store

Another view inside the same store.
Circa 1926.

1944 San Jose City Directory

By 1944 they had opened two more stores.
Image from the 1944 San Jose City Directory