Cheyenne, WY chain grocery/supermarket history

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Cheyenne, WY chain grocery/supermarket history

Post by Andrew T. » 13 Oct 2018 12:37

I feel as if I'm on a roll. Here's one more state down for the count:

Cheyenne, WY chain grocery/supermarket history, 1926-60

As is par for the course, chains first emerged in Cheyenne in the early-to-mid 1920s. The first three outfits that established themselves in the city were:
  • E&H Service Stores, a local concern that vanished by the end of the decade.
  • Piggly Wiggly, which vanished from Cheyenne in the 1930s.
  • Skaggs Cash Stores, which morphed into Safeway by decade's end.
Another Skaggs family chain (O.P. Skaggs) briefly competed in the city in the 1950s, but didn't last long. Safeway dominated Cheyenne throughout the 1930s-1960s period, and still has a presence in the city today. Until recently, they also had several intact, historical stores in operation!

Unfortunately, that no longer is the case. Among the recent "victims" is 1891 Converse Ave...an address dating back to 1955 (in the pylon era) that was evidently replaced by a Marina store in the 1960s that, in turn, was expanded and false-fronted in the 1970s. From that point on, the store essentially remained stopped in time...1970s signage and circle-S symbols included...until its closure in 2016.
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"The pale pastels which have been featured in most food stores during the past 20 years are no longer in tune with the mood of the 1970s."
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Re: Cheyenne, WY chain grocery/supermarket history

Post by Andrew T. » 13 Oct 2018 12:43

Though it's too new to appear in the table, 2512 Pioneer Ave is another one of Cheyenne's Safeway artifacts that fell by the wayside in the last decade, closing in 2010.

This store was once featured on Groceteria, and like 1891 Converse it retained its pre-1980s signage and circle-S symbols to the end. The site is now a parking lot. *sigh*

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"The pale pastels which have been featured in most food stores during the past 20 years are no longer in tune with the mood of the 1970s."
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