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by rich
30 Sep 2019 13:43
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: St Louis, 1933-1975
Replies: 4
Views: 2446

Re: NEW: St Louis, 1933-1975

Betterdorf and Rapp were separate chains that were combined by Allied. They bought Rapp first in 1956 and then Bettendorf in 1958. Th
by rich
25 Sep 2019 05:20
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964

Livonia and Macomb malls opened in 1964, so it’s unlikely that these were low volume stores and the mall owners would not have wanted stores with a discount image which makes these locations odd. Packer was basically KMart Foods without the KMart next door. Perhaps they opened some new stores asPack...
by rich
21 Sep 2019 03:11
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4755

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

Wolf may have had some relationship to Abner A Wolf which was a namesake wholesaler and became part of Allied Supermarkets and I think may have outlived them.
by rich
17 Sep 2019 22:01
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4755

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

It’s a little difficult to tell if it’s the Columbus signage from the pic but I don’t think it was one of their stores—-they usually had a literal big bear in the sign or separately in those days. I dint think they usually included the name “super market” in their signs.
by rich
04 Sep 2019 10:12
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Former A & P in my area
Replies: 7
Views: 5354

Re: Former A & P in my area

Sometime after this, they bought and also built a bunch of stores in Toledo as Farmer Jack only to close them a short time later (maybe a year or two). No one said they were very good at running anything.
by rich
27 Aug 2019 23:33
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Toledo Sneak Peek
Replies: 6
Views: 2465

Re: Toledo Sneak Peek

Reynolds opened August, 1973. I somewhat randomly picked the date from the Toledo Blade archive in Google Newspapers, today. Manhattan already was open at that point. Given how KMart Foods operated (KMart awarded the franchise), none of the stores would have opened as FoodTowns, esp. with Wrigley/Al...
by rich
27 Aug 2019 10:23
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Toledo Sneak Peek
Replies: 6
Views: 2465

Re: Toledo Sneak Peek

Suggestions for your store tags: Bellman's should be Bellman's/Marsh; Marsh was a shortlived owner, but it's a historically important connection for anyone trying to research Marsh. Add: Big Bear and Wrigley/Packer for similar reasons of history; Big Bear had multiple store locations in the mid-late...
by rich
25 Aug 2019 13:41
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 16
Views: 13566

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

If there were Food Fair/Pantry Prides, they would have been in the the WV panhandle adjacent to the Maryland panhandle, with proximity to DC. Grand Union and Acme-PA were there, although Acme sourced some WV stores from Johnstown, PA. I don't know about Safeway but I don't think Giant-MD was ever th...
by rich
28 Jul 2019 11:37
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4755

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

Kroger used the Bi-Lo name for a small number of stores in the Cleveland area after they closed their Kroger-bannered stores there. The had kept the Division operating, which also serviced Western PA, Akron, Youngstown, etc. The Bi-Los were were smaller stores (15-19K sf). The ones I remember were i...
by rich
28 Jul 2019 11:23
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Safeway 1986 & Unsettling Times Eastern Division
Replies: 3
Views: 3109

Re: Safeway 1986 & Unsettling Times Eastern Division

I think Richmond was a separate division. i don't know about Hampton Roads. I think the South Central PA stores were run as part of the DC division.
by rich
11 Jul 2019 11:52
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 3412

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

FWIW, I remember Food Barn from c. 1985 in Columbia, MO. Safeway had departed that market the previous summer but opened a Food Barn in a former Wal-Mart (which probably had been something else previously). In the meantime, their former stores ---a pylon near downtown and a 60s shopping center store...
by rich
10 Jun 2019 10:24
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 8555

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

A couple thoughts re: A&P.... They did build small centennials that were less elegant and complete in design than the full sized one. I think these were 13,000 sf and went into urban neighborhoods or small town downtowns with parking on the side rather than in front. That might be what your 1966 sto...
by rich
09 Jun 2019 16:34
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s
Replies: 5
Views: 3011

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

As of 1985, they still had that straggler in South Dakota and they had kept Humpty & Ideal until then https://oklahoman.com/article/2100124/allied-chain-cuts-humpty-and-ideal-grocery-stores "Couldn't make a deal with the union" means that the employees knew the chain was dying but management wanted ...
by rich
09 Jun 2019 16:30
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 8555

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

A-Marts simply were low volume stores. The early centennial in Wickliffe was one of the first--it was in an odd location--near Wickliffe's tiny old downtown but not someplace that had a lot of complimentary businesses nearby. Within 2 or 3 miles of another A&P, 2 Fisher-Fazio's and a Pick-n-Pay. The...
by rich
06 Jun 2019 09:23
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s
Replies: 5
Views: 3011

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

The ones in Cleveland kept the KMart name at least until 1979--significantly, they could be supplied from Detroit and Allied (the operator) had no other banners in Cleveland, unlike Detroit where they had Great Scott and previously had had Wrigley and Packer (KMart Foods w/o the KMart next door). Th...