When we first moved to Chicago many years ago, one of the many things that made us rub our eyes and go “Whaaaat?” was our first sight of a Moo & Oink commercial on late night TV. Many Chicagoans, we’re sure, never actually went in the small chain of African-American-oriented groceries on the south and west side, but the name (which it only adopted in the 1970s after more than a century as Calumet Meat Company) and the commercials were famous citywide.
Now the chain, which had hoped to find buyers in bankruptcy, has been shuttered by a judge. According to the Sun-Times, an African-American investment group claims to be interested in buying it and restoring the jobs of 200 employees, but the most likely scenario is liquidation and 200 employees out on the street. In memory of happier times, we’ve assembled a retrospective of Moo & Oink commercials over the years from YouTube.