Our Humble Beginnings
In 1892, when Omero was just ten years old, his father, Lorenzo Del Papa, decided to move the family from their home town of Lucca, Italy and make a new start in America. He began establishing the Del Papa name in a variety of jobs. He worked in a cotton press, then for a bagging company, and finally at his uncle’s grocery store where he was given a dime a day for cleaning spittoons. But as his responsibilities at the store grew, so did his interest in the grocery business. As a teenager, he began dreaming about the day he could open his own store.