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1974: Adams Fences opens next to Adams Landscaping.

1977: The store has a major expansion to grow its food business. This includes a full-service Deli, Cheese Department and Gourmet Grocery, referred to collectively as Adams Country Foods.

1978: Mark Adams (Ralph’s son) and his wife, Sue, start Adams Greenhouses, which provides bedding plants and poinsettias for the store.

Photo: Poughkeepsie Deli