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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: 280

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: 20
Views: 14162

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: 66840

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: 2
Views: 1669

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: 3404

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: 3634

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: 19195

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: 2272

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: 3755

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: 7354

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: 3046

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

Based on the road sign, I would say Eagle. Their logo was that shape.
by wnetmacman
20 May 2018 22:39
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Loblaws' bewildering branding history
Replies: 9
Views: 5680

Re: Loblaws' bewildering branding history

Three names existed in Louisiana: Canal Villere, That Stanley, and The Real Superstore.
by wnetmacman
12 May 2018 15:53
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?
Replies: 3
Views: 9297

Re: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?

What about the Kmart at 122nd & Sandy (#4288)? Not sure what year it opened, but it is an older store... This store opened on 3/25/71. This is a very tough question: when did K-Mart first come to Portland, OR? The locations: *13750 S.E. Johnson Rd., Milwaukie, OR (opened c. 1968-70) *2315 S.E. 82nd...
by wnetmacman
08 Apr 2018 23:48
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Big Chain, Shreveport LA
Replies: 9
Views: 14910

Re: Big Chain, Shreveport LA

I'm thinking about subscribing to Newspapers.com again, and ran across this, in the Shreveport Times, September 28, 1961:
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So they were indeed a division of Kroger.
by wnetmacman
18 Dec 2017 17:59
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Was "Kids' Kounty" a predecessor to Child World/Children's Palace?
Replies: 1
Views: 4116

Re: Was "Kids' Kounty" a predecessor to Child World/Children's Palace?

I don't think so for two reasons: Child World/Children's Palace stores used different sized arches (one large, flanked by two smaller ones) in most locations, and they made up the bulk of the store's facade. Additionally, the article mentions ownership by Lachman Rose, who was still operating them i...