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by TheQuestioner
14 Nov 2015 20:54
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway's original SoCal division
Replies: 10
Views: 7475

Re: Safeway's original SoCal division

I remember visiting a SoCal Safeway on a visit in the mid-80s, seemed more or less like what I was used to back in Washington D.C. I was surprised to hear of their troubles back then because they were a powerhouse on the rise in D.C. during that era. In the 70s, Safeway was a major presence, but so ...
by TheQuestioner
14 Nov 2015 20:43
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Anyone has first-hand knowledge of the Lucky fiasco?
Replies: 8
Views: 6250

Re: Anyone has first-hand knowledge of the Lucky fiasco?

It might have turned out that American Stores' "Low Price Leader" Lucky never could have survived the last 15 years of retail changes, but I think it could have worked given their real estate positions and brand loyalty. I was really expecting Save-Mart to return to that when they took over the Albe...
by TheQuestioner
06 Nov 2015 18:57
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Gino's/Roy Rogers Restaurants in LA?
Replies: 13
Views: 10016

Re: Gino's/Roy Rogers Restaurants in LA?

It's been a couple of years, but I finally got around to replying to this thread! Amazing to hear confirmation of Gino's being in Southern California. That is so completely far from their home region, I am still amazed to hear that they ever were there. If the building designs were not so unique, I ...
by TheQuestioner
06 Nov 2015 18:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: What is the oldest Safeway in operation?
Replies: 15
Views: 11426

Re: What is the oldest Safeway in operation?

The Market St. Safeway might have been Marina-styled ages ago, but it certainly isn't now. I think it is so old, that it was built without a Marina roof, was given one when that became the chain's "signature style" and has since been expanded and remodeled beyond recognition. That location definitel...
by TheQuestioner
06 Nov 2015 18:27
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Anyone has first-hand knowledge of the Lucky fiasco?
Replies: 8
Views: 6250

Re: Anyone has first-hand knowledge of the Lucky fiasco?

I was here, and I remember it well. I had only lived in the Bay Area for a few years when the Albertsons takeover happened, but the initial rollout was met with mostly confused looks by the natives. Lucky was a well-regarded discount supermarket chain in the Bay Area (and I believe throughout CA and...
by TheQuestioner
06 Nov 2015 18:10
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Why has Acme closed so many stores (over the years)?
Replies: 16
Views: 13459

Re: Why has Acme closed so many stores (over the years)?

I remember when Acme was in the MD/DC/VA Metro area, 30+ years ago. They seemed like a perfectly valid competitor to the other second-tier chains around there at the time, but by the early 80s they had completely abandoned D.C. I thought the chain itself had gone out of business until an Acme made a...
by TheQuestioner
07 Sep 2010 05:22
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: PW Markets Closing all stores
Replies: 7
Views: 5892

Re: PW Markets Closing all stores

Interesting to hear the history about the Fremont site. I know the strip center you are talking about, with Smart & Final and the Urgent Care clinic. I could tell it used to be a supermarket but couldn't tell just what. I was told by long-time locals that the Alpha-Beta was a different, now-demolish...
by TheQuestioner
19 May 2010 15:24
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: "Warehouse pricing" and grease pencils
Replies: 5
Views: 3507

Re: "Warehouse pricing" and grease pencils

It's funny to imagine that once, checkers had to look at each and every item and key in the prices. I grew up going to Giant for the most part, and their electronic systems were implemented before I left pre-school, so "price guns" and stickers on individual items were something I rarely saw in groc...
by TheQuestioner
19 May 2010 14:52
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: A pylon sign former grocery store in Mt Rainier, MD?
Replies: 3
Views: 2795

Re: A pylon sign former grocery store in Mt Rainier, MD?

One thought I had upon seeing it was that it might be a former Jumbo Foods. I'm not sure if Jumbo had a "building style" or if they just moved into old supermarket spaces vacated by other chains. There was a store that looks ver much like this that in the 70s and early 80s was a Jumbo Food. It is no...
by TheQuestioner
04 Feb 2010 16:14
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Another Safeway bites the dust
Replies: 1
Views: 2175

Re: Another Safeway bites the dust

That's a shame, the marina stores just keep getting more and more scarce. I think I got a photo or two of this location somewhere in my digital picture archive. I started to take pictures of pretty much anything that interested me once I got a digital camera, because life has shown me that you never...
by TheQuestioner
29 Jun 2009 15:39
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Long's Drugs being bought by CVS and will disappear by 2009
Replies: 53
Views: 33401

Re: Long's Drugs being bought by CVS and will disappear by 2009

Sad to see Longs become the latest casualty to the cancerous CVS. I still haven't forgven them for eating Peoples Drug in the D.C. Area. Interesting to see the analysis by some here on the traditional size, range of products, and general 'targeting' of West Coast drug stores vs. east coast. Since I ...
by TheQuestioner
31 May 2009 05:25
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway-Oakland, Calif-3747 Grand Avenue
Replies: 6
Views: 3432

Re: Safeway-Oakland, Calif-3747 Grand Avenue

Interesting to see such an ancient store survive as Safeway all these decades. Must do some nice business. Before scrolling down, I looked at the original photo on Charles' site. I should have known better than to get excited and hope that maybe the exterior had survived unmolested. It is almost unr...
by TheQuestioner
09 Mar 2009 13:45
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Kentucky Roast Beef?
Replies: 27
Views: 15227

Re: Kentucky Roast Beef?

I have seen the San Leandro one. Until I first read about Kentucky Roast Beef (on this site or another with similar content) I assumed ti was once a Popeyes by the shape of the roofline. I have not seen any other signs like this elsewhere, I think the other posts and articles i read about this chain...
by TheQuestioner
02 Jan 2009 08:04
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Mario and Luigi's Pizzeria
Replies: 6
Views: 5937

Re: Mario and Luigi's Pizzeria

Perhaps there was a pizzeria by that name in Redmond after Mario Bros. came out. I have heard the "Mario as grouchy landlord" story numerous places over the years, so unless it is a piece of invented "Nintendo Lore" I tend to believe it as the origin of the character's name. It makes sense, especial...
by TheQuestioner
02 Jan 2009 07:56
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area
Replies: 30
Views: 15991

Re: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area

I was not aware of that, though it makes sense. Sizzler seemed to be everywhere in the late 80's and early 90's. I remember them entering the DC area in the mid-80's with much fanfare. That was the first time I had ever heard of them. This was the "pastel-colored-box-with-Arial-font-signage" era, an...