On Saturday, November 22, 1947, a war-surplus shop called Chubby & Tubby at 3333 Rainier Avenue S. held its Grand Opening in Seattle. The business -- which is initially based in a set of metal military Quonset huts on a corner lot (formerly site of a Signal gas station) in Seattle's Rainier Valley neighborhood -- had actually been open for about five weeks. But it seems that the two rotund owners -- Woodrow ("Woody") "Tubby" Auge (d. 1989) and Irvin "Chubby" Frese (d. 1997) -- still had a few organizational wrinkles to iron out before making things official: In fact for those first five start-up weeks the company was actually called "Tubby & Chubby." Chubby & Tubby's business grew to the extent that about four years later they were able to expand into a three-store chain with new outlets up north near Green Lake (7906 Aurora Avenue N) and down south in White Center (9556 16th SW) -- a shop that was moved to Renton in 2001. Each of these stores was appreciated for their great prices and a crazy array of goods. Chubby & Tubby became local fixtures that, many years later, The Seattle Times would honor in an editorial: "just about every grown man in every Chubby & Tubby neighborhood recalls buying sweatpants, a fishing pole, garden tools or a pack of nails at the store ... . Chubby & Tubby is one of those places so old-fashioned and comfortable it is like spending a half-hour with an old friend. You never quite know what you will find roaming the sometimes messy aisles" (The Seattle Times December 19, 2002).
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