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by mburb1981
25 Sep 2019 12:36
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964

Packer was basically KMart Foods without the KMart next door. This was quite interesting that you mentioned that, as the Garden City store was an outlot of the property containing a Kmart store - to be specific the very first Kmart. Quite odd that they didn't just put it right next to the Kmart its...
by mburb1981
24 Sep 2019 11:12
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964

Relating to Birmingham, I decided to open up a 1967 aerial image of this suburb and noticed a large enough building on the east side of Woodward just north of 14 Mile between Sheffield and Taunton Roads. After checking address ranges on a couple of nearby north-south streets, this completely confirm...
by mburb1981
23 Sep 2019 12:44
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964
Replies: 4
Views: 928

List of Detroit Metro Packer Foods stores from 1964

Last night, I, quite by accident, stumbled upon a lucky Newspapers.com clipping - from the Detroit Free Press of December 11, 1964 - of Packer Foods stores that operated in the Detroit metro area. Packer Foods was an older name that was resurrected in the early 1960's as the name for lower-volume Wr...
by mburb1981
17 Sep 2019 18:54
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4745

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

After another check of the Wyandotte directories on the Bacon Memorial District Library's website, I have revealed another ancient chain that may have been specific to this part of the Downriver area called Wolf's Cash Market, which was ran by a person named Joseph Wolf and had locations in Wyandott...
by mburb1981
13 Sep 2019 14:39
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center
Replies: 68
Views: 86746

Re: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center

I know, two-year bump, but for a good reason. Just a few minutes ago I stumbled upon a Facebook group post displaying this article from the September 16, 1959 Dearborn (Michigan) Press, concerning the groundbreaking of the Taylortown Shopping Center: 70891708_10120270951891804_2554709056614825984_n....
by mburb1981
04 Sep 2019 20:51
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Early Kmart closures (PRE-1994)
Replies: 22
Views: 21771

Re: Early Kmart closures (PRE-1994)

*25201 Outer Dr. in Melvindale apparently closed in the 1980s; it's not in a 1991 phone book of the area, and a Storetrax listing from 2000 just says it's a "former Kmart" built in 1967. It's now a megachurch. Yes, I know I'm quoting an almost-decade old post, but for a reason. This exact Kmart act...
by mburb1981
04 Sep 2019 11:22
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Dearborn, MI chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1930-59
Replies: 6
Views: 7110

Re: Dearborn, MI chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1930-59

https://www.groceteria.com/place/us-michigan/detroit/dearborn/ http://www.andrewturnbull.net/artifacts/nat-midearborn19.jpg I also now know that this barrel-roofed National at 15219 Michigan Ave didn't even last to 1965 before being shuttered. And with a Kroger opening in the lot next door, it neve...
by mburb1981
27 Aug 2019 19:03
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery Store - 2004 East 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI
Replies: 3
Views: 1978

Mystery Store - 2004 East 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI

Here is an interesting discovery I came across on Google Street View just east of the downtown area of the northern Detroit suburban community of Royal Oak: https://i.imgur.com/kMgCC5M.png According to Southeast Michigan Council of Governments records, this building was built in 1920 and measures 1,...
by mburb1981
26 Aug 2019 18:21
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Toledo Sneak Peek
Replies: 6
Views: 2455

Re: Toledo Sneak Peek

* As expected, there was a bit of chain crossover from Detroit...while Meijer didn't sweep in until after 2000. Actually, Meijer already had some Toledo locations by 2000. Here's the dates these stores opened according to a Meijer document that you can download from their vendor website: -Maumee an...
by mburb1981
08 Aug 2019 09:44
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4745

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

Don Gutz in the All Things Wyandotte Facebook Group has posted this image of a crowd gathering in front Big Bear store in Wyandotte: 68445849_920021108349386_5431557848888770560_o.jpg Was this signage style ever used by the Columbus-based Big Bear chain? This picture was taken facing west on Sycamor...
by mburb1981
04 Aug 2019 21:45
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI
Replies: 4
Views: 2512

Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI

Located diagonally across from Detroit Metropolitan Airport's property at Middlebelt and Eureka Roads: https://i.imgur.com/mhYtA2i.jpg Built in 1960 and measuring 4,600 square feet (if Southeast Michigan Council of Governments [SEMCOG] data is accurate), this is a small but reasonably sized building...
by mburb1981
25 Jul 2019 19:15
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4745

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

Added a couple of entries for Dix-Toledo in Southgate on the Lincoln Park list. Both are in the same strip mall, which was built in 1966 with a Bi-Lo (was this part of the Bi-Lo chain?) as well as a Topps discount store and a Jo-Ann Fabrics. Bi-Lo and Topps closed by 1975 and the complex started to ...
by mburb1981
22 Jul 2019 16:53
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4745

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

Also, two other notes: Not listed is a Big Bear store in Wyandotte on Sycamore between 2nd and Biddle. When it existed is unknown, and whether this was part of the Big Bear chain is also unknown, but it may probably have been at 130 Sycamore, listed as a Wrigley in 1958. Directories after 1936 for b...
by mburb1981
21 Jul 2019 13:23
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 15
Views: 4745

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

Groceteria wrote:
21 Jul 2019 13:13
Welcome aboard and thanks! This is great stuff. Just FYI, I will be in Detroit next month doing research on the city proper as well, so all this material together will make a great new Detroit section. Do you mind if I add yours to the main site (with attribution, of course?)
Sure!
by mburb1981
20 Jul 2019 11:54
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984
Replies: 3
Views: 2350

Re: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984

58. 2625 Dix-Toledo, Lincoln Park Address may be in error; Google can't find it. This is indeed a partial misprint, as Dix-Toledo proper changes to simply Dix in Lincoln Park and Melvindale. A Google search of 2625 Dix in Lincoln Park does yield a 3-bay greenhouse store that has been subdivided bet...