Considering only about a quarter of the the top twenty companies in the 2007 Fortune 500 inhabited a similar spot in the 1980 edition of that index, it should not come as a surprise that businesses expand and contract, come and go.
Still, my visit to the Westbrook Historical Society this morning was a stark reminder of the fluidity of businesses: Of the twenty-three firms that advertised in a 1980 newspaper supplement provided by the Westbrook Downtown Businessmen's Association (an organization whose title is yet another sign of how times change), only four remain in Westbrook.
These are Harmon's and Barton's Florist (which evidently has undergone a name change since 1980, as they advertised simply as Barton's Florist in the supplement), Sportsman's Hardware, Hub Furniture, and Rivermeadow Golf Course.
- John C.L. Morgan