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by Andrew T.
22 May 2019 00:07
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Because I'm an irredeemable nerd, I dove into Ancestry and found that Kohl's "produce-only" store under "Fruit Dealers -- Retail" in 1950. It was at 2244 N 3rd St (now Dr MLK Jr Dr) and is now a Subway. Wow, that is a fantastic building! A damn shame that the upper side facade fell off last year . ...
by Andrew T.
21 May 2019 22:54
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Battle Creek, 1926-1995
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Re: NEW: Battle Creek, 1926-1995

It's splendid to see more western Michigan content! I've driven through Battle Creek a number of times, but I was always in a hurry and never did much sightseeing. Now I can see what I missed out on. National seems to have had an erratic existence in every Michigan city it tried to operate in, and B...
by Andrew T.
21 May 2019 11:16
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Well, that's one location to strike off the list! As for another... Teutonia looks to have been a simple relocation from the older store across the street. It could be that Kohl's was precluded from using an arch roof due to the constraints of this site, and a subsequent tenant bricked the storefron...
by Andrew T.
20 May 2019 11:23
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

The following stores have not survived: * 5811 W Oklahoma Ave. Demolished by 2005; an Aldi now stands on the site. * 8201 W Blue Mound Rd. I have a suspicion this may have been a food store-department store combo location, but I have nothing to back this up. Replaced on the site by a new store beari...
by Andrew T.
20 May 2019 11:09
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Continuing the Kohl's chronicles... In addition to the locations already mentioned, Kohl's opened stores at 1301 W Forest Home Ave., 2777 N Teutonia Ave., and 4145 N Oakland Ave. by 1955. Only N. Oakland Ave. appears to have had an arched roof. Unfortunately, all of these stores have been demolished...
by Andrew T.
19 May 2019 13:02
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

In summary: Max Kohl went to Philadelphia, was taken aback by the magnificence of the arch-roof stores that Penn Fruit was just starting to build, then went home to Milwaukee eager to copy the design. Here is the grand opening ad for their first arch-roof store, which was located in Wauwatosa (two b...
by Andrew T.
18 May 2019 22:56
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

There are ample stories about Krambo/Kroger and Del Farm/National to go around...but I feel ready to get to the meat of the matter and talk about Milwaukee's greatest defunct grocer of all: Kohl's. kohls-logo.jpg For years, my go-to source of information about Kohl's early years as a company has bee...
by Andrew T.
18 May 2019 13:11
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Chatham, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: Chatham, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Great! One minor footnote: I double-checked my pre-1970 directory notes, and it turns out that the mysterious Gordons had a store in Chatham as early as 1965. Unfortunately the address was given only as "north side Grand Ave W" with no number, and this location was replaced by 1971, so there's no te...
by Andrew T.
18 May 2019 12:43
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Grand Rapids, Michigan chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 13
Views: 5587

Re: Grand Rapids, Michigan chain grocery/supermarket locations

Still more thoughts, since my mind is a-whir... * You cracked the mystery of Turner Road! Congratulations! * The list of Meijer locations in chronological order with opening and closing dates is incredible...this is the level of detailed information I dream about when doing research, and a similar l...
by Andrew T.
18 May 2019 11:51
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Grand Rapids, Michigan chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 13
Views: 5587

Re: Grand Rapids, Michigan chain grocery/supermarket locations

Oh, this is wonderful! I was extremely curious how Grand Rapids' history had evolved since 1960. Now thanks to your on-site research, my questions have been answered... * As with Milwaukee , Grand Rapids experienced a mid-century shift from national to local chains. And also as with Milwaukee, the "...
by Andrew T.
16 May 2019 12:04
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

I'm not certain but I think Del Farm was in Denver in the mid 1970s?? The Denver page holds the answer to that: Miller’s Groceteria/supermarkets were sold to National Tea in 1957. Most were converted to the Del Farm banner in the 1970s, but some seem to have used the National name before closing fo...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2019 19:29
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Rich! You're back! 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. Red Owl (my avatar!) dominated northeast Wisconsin's population centres from the 1940s to the 1980s, and t...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2019 12:49
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

If we're all talked out on Krambo and Kroger (or I'm talked out, as the case may be), I guess it's time to shift over to some of Milwaukee's other doomed grocery chains. National did very well for itself in the Milwaukee market, maintaining a strong #2 position behind A&P for many years (and actuall...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2019 00:28
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Chatham, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: Chatham, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Chatham is getting better and better. First I get the table filled in. Now I've discovered something even greater: A treasure trove of historical photographs of local buildings! Here's what I found from a quick browse-through: * A stunning night shot of Food City on 440 St. Clair St., 1971. * Domini...
by Andrew T.
13 May 2019 22:45
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 359

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

krambo60.png Here are Krambo store locations from the Milwaukee Journal, January 1960. For the most part these jibe with the table; other than 208 E. Capitol Dr., which isn't listed. (Maybe that store came and went quickly?) 5656 S. Packard Ave. was in Cudahy. The Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel arc...