In 1947 Good Foods, Inc. built a Skippy
Peanut Butter plant on Highway 7, so close to
Junior High you could smell it. In fact, almost immediately,
neighbors from the 3400 block of Yosemite complained of the
“smell and rattle.” Skippy was first manufactured in
Minneapolis in 1940.
An architect's drawing of the new St. Louis Park plant was
included in the November 22, 1946, issue of the Dispatch,
which stated that "Peanuts will be coming in by the carload
to the new Skippy Peanut Butter plant on Highway seven when
construction of the $200,000 building is completed."
The text with this full page ad in the 1947 directory
Good Foods, Inc. will soon be your neighbor.
Their new plant now under construction will be completed
the early part of 1947. The location is at 5725
highway Number 7, here in St. Louis Park.
Their product, Skippy Peanut Butter, already a good
friend of most of you, will then become a full-fledged
St. Louis Park citizen.
Most of you already know Skippy. It's creamy
smooth peanut butter with the winning flavor fresh
roasted peanuts. Skippy's best because there is
no oil separation... stays fresh longer ... sealed in
flavor ... only choice plum[ peanuts fresh from the
roaster are triple-milled into Skippy. Always a
favorite ... that's Skippy Peanut Butter, your new
It's interesting that Skippy's wearing a business suit
but his head suggests a baseball and he's wearing a ball
cap. A few years after Skippy came to town it became a
major sponsor of Little League baseball, and built Skippy
Field, which is still in use today.
In 1949 you could enjoy the "Skippy Hollywood Theater"
every Wednesday evening at 9:30 on WCCO radio. The company
built a $50,000 expansion in 1950.
In 1964-71, Skippy was a product of Best Foods, a division
of Corn Products Co. (home office New York). It employed 45 people.
In 1964 the plant manager was W.J. Gardner, and in 1971 it
was J.B. Hanel.
It is said that Skippy moved to Georgia to be closer to the
In around 1977 the building became the home of McGarvey
Coffee, owned by Superior Coffee and Foods. The company was
started in Minneapolis in 1922, and moved when it was
displaced by highway construction.
Sara Lee bought the company in 1991; former owner
Robert McGarvey, Jr. died in March 2001.
In January 2012, the
St. Louis Park Patch reported that the plant would be
closed in March and the building sold.
In 2013 the City Council is hearing plans to redevelop
the site into apartments and a mixed-use building known as
Greenway Depot - see the