29 Nov

Happy 40th Anniversary, Olive Pit!

The Olive Pit, 2156 Solano St., is celebrating 40 years in business.

The Chamber congratulates them for a successful business that puts Corning on the map by attracting tourists. It also employs many.

Pete and Ann Craig had been olive growers since the early 1950s (and picked olives in the late 1940s and 1950s).
Pete helped operate the Craig Brothers Shell station until the early 1960s. Once the Shell station business moved, Pete and Ann searched for business ideas for the vacant lot next to the station.

The original idea was to start a car wash named Olive Pit (and it actually opened in late 1966). An adjoining hamburger stand opened in January of 1967. Inside the building was a small area where they found room to stock olive products from the local olive plants.

The business has been expanded several times. The car wash was closed around 1980 to make room for more sales area. Currently about 30 people are employed there and their products are shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada via website www.olivepit.com.

Ann is still active in the business, and Pete passed away in 2005. Their kids and grandkids have also been involved throughout the years. Son Ron Craig, daughter Bonnie Jackson and granddaughter Hannah Boeldt are employed there.

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