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by rich
18 May 2019 12:07
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 330

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Del Farm was an inner city city Chicago chain they acquired in the 50s or early60s. They used the name for stores that were other built or repurposed as discount operations with no trading stamps. Often they converted them back to conventional operations with trading stamps. Sometimes they went back...
by rich
15 May 2019 17:57
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 330

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

It's funny that you have only passing mention of Red Owl which also made an effort in Milwaukee and Chicago. They departed Chicago in the 60s and sold the stores to National. National's problems were there own, not Loblaw's, btw. Their working capital fell below the requirements of their long-term d...
by rich
10 Mar 2019 00:13
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: New location list: Newark NJ, 1925-1957
Replies: 4
Views: 4177

Re: New location list: Newark NJ, 1925-1957

The Safeways do not appear to have continued as Finasts.
by rich
27 Dec 2018 22:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969
Replies: 8
Views: 3479

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

There also were the Eckerd companies in PA (the original business in Erie) and Delaware. I think these were merged into the other Eckerd business via JC Penney. Interesting move for A&P at this time---they were in a steep decline at this time. I'm surprised any viable business would have wanted to b...
by rich
20 Nov 2018 23:13
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

Kroger's dominance in Columbus & Toledo is pretty recent---both had much more dominant local chains. They were never really competitive in the Cleveland area and did only somewhat better in Akron/Canton & Warren/Youngstown. I'm guessing that Colonial squandered Albers competitiveness in Cincinnati &...
by rich
18 Nov 2018 19:51
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

It looks like Albers never had the level of penetration that they did in Columbus & Cincinnati which may account for Big Star, esp. if one of the local chains like Liberal or Stumps was price sensitive. I wonder if 1965 was when they also began to cut back on their hinterland too. They had stores in...
by rich
08 Nov 2018 10:41
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Replies: 15
Views: 9855

Re: Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Palisades store has been targeted for replacement for sometime but has run into local opposition. I suspect the Chevy Chase store may be similar in vintage along with one in Adams Morgan on Columbia Road which obviously has been built-out several times. The most obvious 40s store is the "Soviet ...
by rich
06 Nov 2018 11:55
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Replies: 15
Views: 9855

Re: Fredericksburg, Virginia

At least in DC proper, some 40s stores made it into the 80s. They seem to have had waves of store closings in the mid-80s and early 90s. I saw the 90s closings--marinas and pylons. Some of the 80s closures were identified as such and were being considered for redevelopment--two were near stops soon ...
by rich
05 Oct 2018 15:46
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Keene, NH chain history 1925-60 (+2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 3290

Re: Keene, NH chain history 1925-60 (+2018)

If it's in New England it's always going to include First National. There is surprisingly little history on them although they saturated New England up through the 60s.
by rich
18 Sep 2018 09:21
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 6
Views: 4387

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

I'm a little surprised that Evans/Pennyfare never got this far. Perhaps it was too far South for their distribution. It probably was too far for Thorofare, although they were established well into WV by the mid 50s.
by rich
19 Aug 2018 20:08
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Gary, Indiana chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 2
Views: 2099

Re: Gary, Indiana chain grocery/supermarket locations

Miller Beach was the most affluent part of Gary and remains much more prosperous than the rest of the city. Glen Park was the part of the city that resembled a mid-century suburb and had a concentration of chain supers into the 70s. I have some familiarity with this area beyond your timeline--indepe...
by rich
19 Aug 2018 19:44
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959
Replies: 3
Views: 2643

Re: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959

Given their conservative management and pulling out in the 50s, I wonder if they were concerned that transitioning to supers would have required taking on debt.
by rich
17 Aug 2018 15:32
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959
Replies: 3
Views: 2643

Re: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959

HG Hill's withdrawal from a huge territory has struck me as one of those potentially great, untold stories in retail. I lived in Nashville when they were running a shrinking, but still very popular chain, which a loyal clientele, albeit one who seemed older than the folks who shopped at Kroger. Thei...
by rich
14 Aug 2018 09:09
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Waukegan, IL chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 5
Views: 4680

Re: Waukegan, IL chain grocery/supermarket locations

Waukegan and its immediate marketplace would have been more separate from "Chicagoland" in the 50s and even 60s than later on, so it would not have been unusual for National or Jewel to have relatively few stores, or for there to be a significant local chain. National grew heavily by acquisition eve...
by rich
11 Aug 2018 08:49
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Safeway, Charlottesville, 1972
Replies: 12
Views: 13223

Re: Safeway, Charlottesville, 1972

The circle S used to carry a 1956 trade mark, so more likely the following year. Barrael vault ceilings often were visible in 50s safeways and other chains also often barely disguised them.