NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

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NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

Post by Groceteria » 29 Sep 2018 12:46

By request: http://www.groceteria.com/place/arizona/phoenix/

This is an interesting one. Phoenix is where Safeway acquired the Pay'n Takit brand, and it was used here a good bit later than in other markets where it was introduced. It was also a fairly quick and easy city for fo because its major growth spurt was just beginning in 1960. I hope to get back there some day to do more recent research.

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Re: NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

Post by klkla » 29 Sep 2018 19:42

Thanks for doing this one. I was especially curious about the original El Rancho locations which evidently represented Mayfair Markets entry into Arizona. The design of the shopping center at 3217 E Camelback Rd. is a good example of a shopping center design they also used in some Las Vegas locations with the store sitting in the back corner of the property.

This is a good Las Vegas example:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Las+V ... 15.1398296

It still has the sign structure from the Mayfair days (now a Planet Fitness):
https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1447972 ... 384!8i8192

I had forgotten about Aj Bayless. I was in one of their new stores in the mid 80's. It was a horrible store, already outdated when it was built. It looks like they had the highest store count in 1960. I wonder if they were ever market share leader in Phoenix?

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Re: NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

Post by Groceteria » 29 Sep 2018 22:46

klkla wrote:
29 Sep 2018 19:42
I had forgotten about Aj Bayless. I was in one of their new stores in the mid 80's. It was a horrible store, already outdated when it was built. It looks like they had the highest store count in 1960. I wonder if they were ever market share leader in Phoenix?
I think they were pretty well up there at one point. They were apparently bought out by Basha's in the early 1990s and Basha's has recently been using "AJ's" as an upscale store brand.

I think Phoenix would be really interesting to study further, particularly in the 1960s-1980s. Alas, I would probably have to do that research in person and it doesn't seem likely I'll be in that area anytime soon.

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Re: NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

Post by Groceteria » 29 Sep 2018 22:46

klkla wrote:
29 Sep 2018 19:42
I had forgotten about Aj Bayless. I was in one of their new stores in the mid 80's. It was a horrible store, already outdated when it was built. It looks like they had the highest store count in 1960. I wonder if they were ever market share leader in Phoenix?
I think they were pretty well up there at one point. They were apparently bought out by Basha's in the early 1990s and Basha's has recently been using "AJ's" as an upscale store brand.

I think Phoenix would be really interesting to study further, particularly in the 1960s-1980s. Alas, I would probably have to do that research in person and it doesn't seem likely I'll be in that area anytime soon.

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Re: NEW: Phoenix, 1925-1960

Post by Andrew T. » 01 Oct 2018 12:27

Thanks for posting this. It looks like Phoenix has a few decently-intact 1940s and 1950s Safeways in its repertoire...805 E. Indian School Rd., 1717 E. McDowell Rd., and 1105 E. van Buren St. all still stand in recognizable condition. None of them have pylons, though.
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