When my father, Al Romano, was discharged from the navy, he worked for South Shore Beverage in Seaford, where he grew up after leaving the Bronx as a young boy. After that, he worked for Wantagh Drug Sundry, which was owned by his father's best friend. The pharmacist, named Marty, from the old shopping center in which he worked, had told my father that liquor licences were open. My father and Marty decided to apply for a license and became partners in a liquor store. Marty was a silent partner and my father ran the business.
Within the year, my father bought Marty out of the business and became the sole proprietor of Pope Liquors. Our original location was on Horseblock Road in Medford, until the shopping center on Route 112 was built, where we remain today.
Alot of customers inquire as to how the the name "Pope" came about. Originally, my father had chosen the name "Eagle Liquors' because the development behind the original location was Eagle Estates. While at the store one day he received a call from his lawyer stating that the name was already taken. As he was talking, on the televison in front of him was the Pope stepping off the plane on his first visit to America. My father immediately decided to name it Pope Liquors.
President - Pope Liquors, Inc.