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by Ephrata1966
22 Apr 2019 21:50
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 69963

Re: New Uses for Grocery Stores

The Safeway that now is a Planet Fitness in Abilene is next door to (actually is directly attached to) another retail relic of the past: one of the relatively few Drug Emporium stores which is still open despite that chain's bankruptcy and near-extinction back in 2003. I'm not exactly sure why the h...
by Ephrata1966
18 Apr 2019 20:54
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Appearances of the iconic French Quarter A&P/Rouses in film and television
Replies: 0
Views: 386

Appearances of the iconic French Quarter A&P/Rouses in film and television

I stumbled upon this music video completely by accident: http://www.mtvla.com/mx/bela-fleck-and-the-flecktones/videos/the-sinister-minister Notice the A&P sign at around 35 seconds into the video. Would the logo shown have been in use at the time this store first opened (1920s perhaps?) Also, what i...
by Ephrata1966
01 Apr 2018 18:23
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Does this gas station look like it was a Mobil?
Replies: 6
Views: 10528

Re: Does this gas station look like it was a Mobil?

I know where this location is, and I can't remember what it was prior to Coastal. I doubt it was a Mobil though, as the building doesn't look like their design The Mobil in Springfield is definitely a Mobil built location. Also remember, quite a few of the Mobil gas only locations (some did have a ...
by Ephrata1966
13 Nov 2017 04:37
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: W T Grant
Replies: 66
Views: 63150

Re: W T Grant

There was a "mini-mall" (which has long since been de-malled) in Northwest Houston called North Oaks Mall that opened in 1971 anchored by both Grant City and a TG&Y Family Center. The former Grants became a Target in 1976. Sometime after Target relocated (in 2002) the space was split into Hobby Lobb...
by Ephrata1966
11 Nov 2017 01:37
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 42481

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

The Mid-City area where this store was located is a high crime area. It just isn't safe, and attracts a really bad element. The French Quarter store survives because it's the only full service supermarket in the French Quarter area of town. It's also a novelty destination store; it gets a lot of no...
by Ephrata1966
11 Nov 2017 00:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 42481

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

That Albertsons is on Jefferson Davis Parkway. It was just in a really bad location, and nobody could have made it work. It was fairly new when it closed. The gas station in front isn't the original one. The original one was a tiny station with a small kiosk. The current is an On The Run Exxon with...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 22:54
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 42481

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

Albertsons didn't work in New Orleans because they couldn't customize enough to satisfy the locals. Plain and simple; if I can go to Dorignac's or Zuppardo's and get the local stuff I want, but can't get it at Albertsons, I'm not going to Albertsons. Also, their prices were significantly higher tha...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 22:39
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 53744

Re: Kroger Family Centers

What do you mean by "original" here? Also do you know what the criteria was that was used to decide which TG&Y stores were closed in 1986 and which ones were spared? Original, as in pre-1986, before McCrory truly assimilated the chain. Some TG&Y stores were open until McCrory folded in 2001, but th...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 19:35
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 42481

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

Did A&P have any Centennial-style stores in New Orleans? If so, I'm thinking at least one must survive as either Rouses or Breaux Mart. Even though Rouses bought the tiny, historic A&P in the French Quarter, they rejected at least one A&P that was for sale (this one was a non-Centennial A&P from 196...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 18:58
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 53744

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Most of the original TG&Y stores in Texas closed in 1986. A good number of the leases were bought out by Weiner's of Houston, and that stretched at least as far north as Longview and Marshall, as both stores there were converted to that nameplate. What do you mean by "original" here? Also do you kn...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 18:49
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Safeway in Shreveport
Replies: 2
Views: 3533

Re: Safeway in Shreveport

Here's a Safeway commercial from the early-mid 80's that I'm assuming was aired nationally (but perhaps not in Hawaii, for obvious reasons) but was uploaded to YouTube after being recorded onto a home VHS tape from a TV channel in Shreveport: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P6EVq6wdIbU By the way, whe...
by Ephrata1966
14 Oct 2017 21:26
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 53744

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Question for wnetmacman: are you sure the former Kroger in Spring would have been expanded at some point? Looking in Bing Maps, the store doesn't look bigger than a normal Kroger superstore. And would it make sense to you if the Burke's Outlet would have been a TG&Y? I find it a bit odd that the Kro...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 01:21
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Pantry Pride in Richmond, VA
Replies: 8
Views: 10353

Re: Pantry Pride in Richmond, VA

Richmond is a confusing place when it comes to studying what became what. It always seems to be one of those "except" places (like Food Lion buying Hannaford, except in Richmond, which went to Kroger, or Big Star/Grand Union selling Virginia stores to Food Lion/Harris Teeter, except in Richmond, wh...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 00:25
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Could this be a former Safeway Marina in Richmond, VA?
Replies: 7
Views: 8944

Re: Could this be a former Safeway Marina in Richmond, VA?

Oh, and yes, Food Fair was pretty big in Richmond at one time, coming to town around 1960. It's one of the stores I remember most going to as a kid. But, since we here in Richmond like to screw up all of the conventional wisdom regarding how chains disappeared, after the name change to Pantry Pride...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 00:13
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 53744

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Hey... it just occurred to me that both Kroger and TG&Y experimented with stores called "family center" during the same period and in the same regions. Which chain did it first? I'm surprised the two companies didn't fight with one another over exclusive rights to this phrase. There used to be a Kro...