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by dominion301
03 Jun 2016 14:54
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P, 1999
Replies: 3
Views: 6599

Re: A&P, 1999

Those 'Fast Lane' signs were used in A&Ps Canadian stores in the same era, except they were red & white. My store had them. However, no Canadian stores ever looked like the photos above, but that was also shortly before the US side of the business started adopting more Canadian A&P practices, such a...
by dominion301
17 Oct 2011 11:10
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Off to Canada
Replies: 1
Views: 6168

Re: Off to Canada

Hi Groceteria, not sure if you left yet on your trip. For Ottawa, 2 stores worth visiting are the Loblaws at Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre (St. Laurent Blvd.). This store is still in the early 90s Loblaws scheme - grey with yellow cash registers. It's also an old Steinberg's and still has a car orde...
by dominion301
17 Oct 2011 11:04
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: 5915 Yonge, North York ON
Replies: 14
Views: 20215

Re: 5915 Yonge, North York ON

I just drove up Yonge the other night. The store appears to have a conventional roofline now. :( This store also looks a lot like a Ralphs (I think on Ventura Blvd.) I've seen in a book on Googie architecture, probably written by Alan Hess. The Food Basics logo is slightly different now, too, but y...
by dominion301
17 Oct 2011 11:03
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: 5915 Yonge, North York ON
Replies: 14
Views: 20215

Re: 5915 Yonge, North York ON

Ugh....What they did to the old arched Metro (late 1950s Grand Union....which was a Miracle Mart by the 70s and 80s) is GOD AWFUL. See the Metro store at the link below. The beautiful arch has been smothered by postmodern guck. http://g.co/maps/pgygj It used to look like this Metro (ne Grand Union)...
by dominion301
20 Jul 2010 13:14
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Older McDonald's Locations
Replies: 50
Views: 38429

Re: Older McDonald's Locations

The La Habra CA McDonald's on Whittier Boulevard near Harbor Boulevard is an older site. Older in that it was built before drive-thrus were the norm. The drive-thru was added to the side of the building...yet it is far from the kitchen. I believe the restrooms are in between. So, to get the food to...
by dominion301
20 Jul 2010 13:03
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on
Replies: 17
Views: 15180

Re: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on

Someone mentioned the Star Market at Porter Square in Cambridge, MA. That store WAS remodeled a couple of years ago but I don't know if they have a conveyor system. One store that may still have one is the Shaw's (now Star Market) on Commonwealth Ave in Allston, MA (Boston). Let me first say that t...
by dominion301
23 Jun 2009 10:50
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Miracle Mart in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 8837

Re: Miracle Mart in Toronto

That store is still there today at Yonge and Sheppard. It's now a Metro (ex-Dominion).
by dominion301
23 Jun 2009 10:49
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: 5915 Yonge, North York ON
Replies: 14
Views: 20215

Re: 5915 Yonge, North York ON

This store was opened as a Steinberg's. I've seen a photo of it on flickr.
by dominion301
29 Apr 2009 11:06
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on
Replies: 17
Views: 15180

Re: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on

There's a small grocery chain in Ohio called Buehler's with about a dozen stores that offers 'Load and Go' parcel pickup service at every single one of its stores. http://buehlers.com/ - In the internet age, parcel pickup allows this company to create a simple system for online shopping (they have i...
by dominion301
30 Sep 2008 22:44
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Dominion Name Starts to Disappear in Ontario
Replies: 1
Views: 6932

Dominion Name Starts to Disappear in Ontario

This past weekend marked the conversion of the first 6 Dominion Stores to be converted to Metro. I can't believe Metro is getting rid of an iconic name. By the end of the year, the Dominion name will be gone in Ontario. By the end of 2009, the A&P, Loeb, The Barn and Ultra Food & Drug banners will a...
by dominion301
06 Jun 2008 12:15
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Number plates on shopping carts
Replies: 10
Views: 5566

Re: Number plates on shopping carts

A lot of stores used the numbers as a part of their parcel pickup scheme. The cashier would write the cart number on the receipt and the customer would drive up and claim her groceries with it. And then (dramatic pause) they'd load the groceries into her car for her... It's been a long time since I...
by dominion301
06 Jun 2008 12:07
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on
Replies: 17
Views: 15180

Re: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on

Nice photos. There were also versions with wheels similar (identical) to metal roller skates. There would be several in each row. Those things made a ringing noise like a choir of bells. A train wreck of a choir, but... Do you mean rollers like these: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrismrichards/218...
by dominion301
08 Apr 2008 11:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on
Replies: 17
Views: 15180

Re: Those little roller-coaster things groceries traveled on

The parcel pickup (also known as car order or in Quebec 'Commande à l'auto'), only began to disappear in Ontario & Quebec en-masse in the mid-1990s. There are still a few old stores that have them. 1 Loblaws here in Ottawa still has parcel pickup and 1 other ex-Loblaws, shown in this pic: http://www...
by dominion301
17 Nov 2007 18:53
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Number plates on shopping carts
Replies: 10
Views: 5566

A handful of stores still use the numbered plastic bin / conveyor belt system of parcel pickup. Here in Ottawa, 2 of the oldest Loblaws stores still do this. Here's an example at an A&P in Picton, Ontario: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78111739@N00/1142687126/ Here's another A&P in Kingston, Ontario:...
by dominion301
01 May 2007 14:34
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center
Replies: 68
Views: 86784

I was at a mall in Toronto a few weeks ago housing both a Dominion (Store #804) and a Price Chopper.