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G.W. Shafer & Son, General Merchandise


category : Historic Buildings
G.W. Shafer & Son, General Merchandise In 1910, on the square in Beaver City, George Washington Shafer opened what his family lovingly calls, "the first Wal-Mart," G.W. Shafer's.
"Grandpa Shafer was the first Wal-Mart," said Jean Shafer of Beaver City. "He sold everything ... absolutely everything."

G.W. Shafer owned three buildings in downtown Beaver City, and sold groceries, shoes, clothes, furniture, appliances, farm implements. The general store in the middle is the last remaining business, and it's run by G.W. Shafer's grandson's widow, Jean.

"There's always been a Shafer running the business," said Jean, who is 89 years old. She runs the shop, "as a hobby."


Address: 919 0 Street, south side of the Square
Phone: 308-268-3045
Our Email: beaverchamber@swnebr.net

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