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by wnetmacman
10 Sep 2019 22:06
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Lafayette, LA
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Lafayette, LA

I have a bit of a preview here. This spreadsheet covers locations of all the chains that have operated in Lafayette since 1955. There may be corrections later depending on what else I find. All I can say is that Lafayette is a very interesting place. Narrative of all of this to come. https://1drv.ms...
by wnetmacman
03 Sep 2019 22:11
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Lafayette, LA
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Lafayette, LA

So I'm finally (late) jumping into the game. I've acquired a subscription to Newspapers.com (until my wife finds out!) and have been playing around in the newspapers of a couple of places I've lived, including my current town, Lafayette. Lafayette is one of the most interesting in supermarket histor...
by wnetmacman
03 Sep 2019 00:19
Forum: History: USA Southwest and Hawaii (Excluding California)
Topic: Texas Updates
Replies: 14
Views: 2298

Re: Texas Updates

The other part of Food Lion's problems even before that was that H-E-B started building in Houston first, hitting fast and hard. As a result (that and the ABC special), only a dozen stores in Houston ever opened, and pulled around 1994. And the irony of the Houston portion of this story (they got m...
by wnetmacman
04 Aug 2019 19:10
Forum: History: USA Southwest and Hawaii (Excluding California)
Topic: Texas Updates
Replies: 14
Views: 2298

Re: Texas Updates

Did a little more checking. Food Lion entered Texas in 1991-1992 and had closed many of the stores by early 1994. The gave up on the entire state a couple of years later, so their entrance and exit all happened during my "missing" years in the 1990s (I was not able to get data for 1995). Food Lion'...
by wnetmacman
05 Jun 2019 20:53
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s

Danville, IL, #4030, originally opened in 1963. The store was built in a very strange L formation. I'm assuming that it was operated by Kroger, because that's what it became. The store's sign was at the top of the hill on N. Vermilion St., and I remember vividly the Kmart Plaza sign, and the Kroger ...
by wnetmacman
28 Apr 2019 00:47
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Early Kmart closures (PRE-1994)
Replies: 21
Views: 16234

Re: Early Kmart closures (PRE-1994)

I remember finding out that 1710 11th Street in Huntsville, TX was originally a Kmart (later a Hastings for years, ultimately demolished for an H-E-B) but I can no longer find the reference. Looking at both Google Maps (for historic street images) and Historic Aerials (for historic maps), you may b...
by wnetmacman
22 Apr 2019 22:35
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 72269

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 ...
by wnetmacman
11 Jan 2019 00:23
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Safeway 639 Port Angeles Lincoln Street
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

Re: Safeway 639 Port Angeles Lincoln Street

The original Lincoln Street Safeway in Port Angeles WA opened as a Marina style in the 1960's, this store included the popular "Snack Bar" that were found in many Marina style stores of the 60's, this store in particular was a high profit store from opening and always a apple in the eye of Safeway ...
by wnetmacman
11 Jan 2019 00:21
Forum: Announcements, FAQs, Etc.
Topic: Thoughts for the new year
Replies: 5
Views: 4112

Re: Thoughts for the new year

As I have told you many times over the years, we all appreciate what you have done for this hobby in general. Of course, all things have to evolve, and I believe your site does so very well, and always seamlessly. I know I've learned much here as have countless others. So I won't say 'dont' change a...
by wnetmacman
01 Jan 2019 12:59
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969
Replies: 8
Views: 4520

Re: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969

A lot of the Safeway stores in the Houston division had Eckerd stores right next to them or in the same shopping centers. I wonder if Safeway was also on that list... That was more of an Eckerd thing. In some areas, it was Safeway, in a large portion of the south, it was Winn Dixie (which, until th...
by wnetmacman
02 Dec 2018 18:11
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: New article: Krogering in Greensboro
Replies: 5
Views: 19938

Re: New article: Krogering in Greensboro

It's always amazing to me how a company can last so long in a town, just to leave, then come back again under an acquisition, and act like nobody notices. (See Safeway-Randalls and Safeway-Tom Thumb in Texas for the book on how NOT to do this, by the way) That store at 2710 N Church looks very A&P-i...
by wnetmacman
23 Oct 2018 09:48
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Older Winn Dixie decor
Replies: 2
Views: 2842

Re: Older Winn Dixie decor

Winn Dixie has been for a very long time a slow capital investor, which means that they invested very little into upkeep in their stores. I live in South Louisiana. All 10 of our local stores were recently sold to Brookshire Grocery Company to become Super 1 Foods. Of these stores, 9 remained open. ...
by wnetmacman
04 Oct 2018 22:26
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Fayetteville, AR and the Frankenstein Safeway
Replies: 4
Views: 4338

Re: Fayetteville, AR and the Frankenstein Safeway

I'm sure you know this, but the Market Street Safeway in San Francisco is a similar Franken-Safeway. There, though, they went with the rounded side to open up for the marina roof.
by wnetmacman
19 Aug 2018 21:27
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?
Replies: 12
Views: 8396

Re: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?

Thanks for the info! Had some time today and found a second store with the same signage on it in Watertown, CT: https://goo.gl/maps/saij4XN3umQ2 I looked to find an accurate existing thread to switch the conversation over to but the closest one was a thread talking about interior Kmart signs. Actua...
by wnetmacman
24 May 2018 20:27
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: 400 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL
Replies: 2
Views: 3295

Re: 400 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL

Based on the road sign, I would say Eagle. Their logo was that shape.