Sakrete Concrete sign unearthed after recent demolition making way for the new Trader Joe's. Sakrete was founded in 1936 which makes ready made concrete mixture for homeowners and independent contractors. Previously they would've had to mix the raw material (sand, gravel, cement ) themselves or buy small amounts mixed up from cement mixing businesses like business founder Art Avril's. The business boomed, and within ten years it went from local (Ohio) to regional and the first plant here in Illinois was in Franklin in 1948 and soon after national. Like alot of names or words (like Chevanston) its a portmanteau, a combination of sack and concrete, Sakrete. The demolition of the old Blockbuster space began earlier this month.
Wrecking balls, bulldozer scoops, and semi trailer taking a well deserved break on the left. And the giant crane is inactive at the moment but awaits the call to finish the job.
Update 12/26/12 - Reading the 8th Ward Evanston Forum a neighbor writes " it was "Cawley's Tru (sic)-Value". The family still runs "Harolds Tru(sic)-Value" on Central St." So this demolition revealed that there used to be a True Value Hardware store on Chicago Ave, run by the same family that runs the True Value on Central in Evanston.