A piece of New Albany and Plain Township history faded into the past last week when the building that formerly housed E&D Market and Zeros Pizza was torn down.

A piece of New Albany and Plain Township history faded into the past last week when the building that formerly housed E&D Market and Zeros Pizza was torn down.

The building was demolished after the city acquired the property last year for a $2.1-million road project to make the intersection safer at Central College, Johnstown and Kitzmiller roads.

The building was at the south corner of the intersection. Residents remember it being there as far back as the 1930s.

“It was there for quite a while,” said Willard Zarley, who grew up in the area.

E&D Market was at the site until 1997, when owners Emmett and Dorothy Callicoat sold the business.

“My favorite memory was watching my kids work in there,” Dorothy Callicoat said.

Callicoat, 83, now lives on the southern edge of Johnstown. She and her husband purchased the market from her sister, Willy Nunley, in 1971.

When they purchased the business, E&D Market was more like a country store with gas pumps, Callicoat said. She said she soon added a deli and prepared sandwiches and other meals for customers, including area construction workers.

Callicoat had four children. The younger ones, Brenda and Buddy, often worked at the store. The older ones, Pam and Vicki, would stop in and Pam did work there for a short time, Callicoat said.

One of her fondest memories is of 5-year-old Buddy, who decided he wanted ice cream during a busy lunchtime. Callicoat said she was preparing sandwiches for customers and couldn’t get Buddy’s ice cream so he tried to get in the cooler himself.

“He fell down in the freezer and I was busy with lunch, so the Pepsi man had to get him out,” she said.

Brenda and Buddy both have funny memories of working in the store, but when asked their fondest memories, they both said the market provided a family atmosphere and was helpful to the community.

“My fond memory is how my mom and dad, along with many of the neighbors, went out of their way to help anyone in need,” Buddy Callicoat said. “That may have been delivering a box of groceries to a family in need or, in particular, during the blizzard of ’78, we could not get any deliveries and my dad drove into Columbus to pick up bread and milk for people to buy. It was then delivered to a bunch of people in Licking County by snowmobile. É It was that kind of thing that made New Albany a great place to grow up.”

Brenda (Callicoat) Bourgeois said everyone, including customers were like a big family.

“All our customers were part of our family,” she said.

It was not unusual for Dorothy and Emmett to share what they had, their children said.

Marilyn Saveson, who lives off Johnstown Road, remembered one instance where she was baking a cake and ran out of baking powder.

She went up the street to E&D and the market was out of baking powder.

But Saveson left with baking powder taken from the Callicoats’ own cupboard. The Callicoat family lived in the house adjacent to the market.

“(Dorothy) said, ‘I’ll get you some off my kitchen shelf,’” Saveson said. “That saved the day.”

Saveson said it was convenient to have the market, with gas pumps, so close.

“We depended on it until it closed,” she said.

The most recent business located on the site was Zeros Pizza, which opened in 2004. It closed in 2010 when the city took land at the corner via eminent domain.

In September 2010, New Albany City Council approved paying $525,000 for the 0.9 acre where Zeros Pizza was located. Though the city did not need the entire property, which included the business and two residences, the settlement was made to take the whole property to prevent any damage to the buildings during construction of the road project, city officials said. The city originally sought only 0.0137 acre for a leisure path easement and 0.0184 acre for a temporary construction easement.

The intersection was known locally as the “five corners” because of the three roads that converged there: Kitzmiller Road joined the intersection on the southeast side of Johnstown Road and Central College Road. Though the intersection is not entirely within city limits, New Albany reworked the intersection to make it safer.

Scott McAfee, city communications director, said the intersection is used by a large number of city residents and it provides access to part of the Blacklick business campus in the city.

Kitzmiller, at its north end, was restricted to right turns onto Central College, but drivers heading east on Central College still can turn right on Kitzmiller. A traffic signal was installed, along with lights before the intersection to alert drivers about upcoming signals.

The $2.1-million project was funded by a 20-year, zero-percent interest loan, which covered 67.5 percent of the cost, and a grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission for 22.5 percent of the cost. The city was responsible for the remaining 10 percent — about $210,000 — up front.

Now that the buildings are gone, visibility might be improved, but some are still shedding tears over lost memories.

“So many people have been posting pictures and memories on Facebook,” Bourgeois said. “We’ve been reading them and crying.”

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