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by Andrew T.
15 Sep 2019 19:03
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

How does Thunder Bay fare for historical stores and artifacts? Not badly at all. * There is a Safeway Marina in Thunder Bay that's still open for business as a Safeway! The store in question is at 70 Court Street North , and it's been false-fronted and drop-ceilinged (blech). But at least it still e...
by Andrew T.
15 Sep 2019 18:29
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

Here's a city I'd been yearning to do: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019 Why a 1975 cutoff? That's because Thunder Bay didn't come into existence until 1970! It was named and formed from the amalgamation of Fort William, Port Arthur, and two adjacent townships. It is by fa...
by Andrew T.
13 Sep 2019 12:17
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Stores in Sudbury, ON?
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Stores in Sudbury, ON?

Progress! Sudbury city directories from 1931 to 1937 have been digitized online . Not only does this give me a chronological range of information I didn't have before (the earliest Sudbury directory in the Toronto library collection is from 1940), but this gives me access to the reverse lookup secti...
by Andrew T.
12 Sep 2019 23:23
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960
Replies: 3
Views: 2887

Re: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960

I'm happy to see that Boise had the Safeway Marinas that Missoula lacked! One of them, anyway: 1515 W. State St., a spectacular example that still stands with an original facade. Safeway seems to have closed the store by 1980, shortly before it bailed out of the territory entirely. Rite Aid (meh) in...
by Andrew T.
12 Sep 2019 19:25
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Stores in Sudbury, ON?
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Re: Stores in Sudbury, ON?

--belated follow-up-- I still haven't made it to Sudbury. I have, however, made it to Toronto, where a number of Sudbury city directories back to 1940 are available for the picking! Unfortunately, I've hit a brick wall while collating research. Elm Street is the main drag through downtown where all ...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 22:48
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Sentry Foods in Wisconsin
Replies: 7
Views: 7893

Re: Sentry Foods in Wisconsin

Andrew, great work documenting the history of Sentry Foods! I thought you might enjoy some before and after views of the former Sentry at 1693 Main Street in Green Bay. This Sentry closed in the late '90s and a furniture store called Wenz repurposed the building in 1999. Thanks! Interesting chronol...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 22:15
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Missoula, MT chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-59
Replies: 4
Views: 3749

Re: Missoula, MT chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-59

Wow, great...another city conquered! The updated table shows the continuity between Buttrey and Albertsons, as well as the stories of the other chains that have come and gone in Missoula over the last 60 years. I'm just sorry that it didn't reveal any previously-unknown Safeway Marinas. In fact, it ...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 17:27
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Sentry Division Super Saver Foods
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Sentry Division Super Saver Foods

When I researched Manitowoc's food store history (many) years ago, the 1990s-era Sentry at 1140 S. 30th St. was listed as "Super Saver" in some directories. I didn't think much about this at the time: I assumed it was just a pseudonym for Sentry/Fleming's operating subsidiary, not a name that ever l...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 14:13
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Late '50s Dominions with identical architecture
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Late '50s Dominions with identical architecture

Here are two more examples of Dominion's consistent late-1950s store design, uncovered in the midst of research. * 2210 LaSalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON. The building has been expanded and shorn of its original facade...but the rear canopy, mezzanine staircase, and characteristic six window-vents in the re...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 13:35
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: A&P centennial stores in Canada?
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: A&P centennial stores in Canada?

While researching Sudbury today, I discovered a fourth Canadian centennial: 1532 La Salle Boulevard, Sudbury, ON . This is an "off-model" Centennial like Oxford Street in London, with a peak and cupola but without a full-width pitched roof. It opened as A&P by 1970 and operated through at least 1981...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 12:23
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Owen Sound, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1968-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 24

Owen Sound, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1968-2019

Owen Sound is a small city of 21,000 in the northern extremity of southwest Ontario. It's also the gateway to the Bruce Peninsula that separates Georgian Bay from Lake Huron. I visited Owen Sound in June, when I took the scenic route home from Sault Ste. Marie . Unfortunately, there were no city dir...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 11:31
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Athens GA, 1923-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: NEW: Athens GA, 1923-2015

This is a nice surprise! It's not exactly brimming with surviving artifacts, though...Athens has been a little too redevelopment-happy over the years. There is a 1970s Bell's still open for business at 995 Hawthorne Ave. A decently-preserved A&P centennial at 101 Alps Rd. And a couple of severely mu...
by Andrew T.
11 Sep 2019 10:53
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Supermarket locations of Lindsay, Ontario
Replies: 3
Views: 2554

Re: Supermarket locations of Lindsay, Ontario

After a visit to the Toronto Reference Library yesterday evening, I was able to flesh out Lindsay with information from 1975-89 and 1999. Linky. The one big surprise I discovered was that 131 Kent St W (the ex-Dominion pictured upthread) actually survived in operation long enough to be converted to ...
by Andrew T.
05 Sep 2019 11:35
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger, Center Line, MI (and other Center Line stores)
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Kroger, Center Line, MI (and other Center Line stores)

https://www.groceteria.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/043007-kro-ws.jpg Ever since David posted this feature a dozen years ago, I've been captivated by this store design. Kroger was the chain that built these stores, and they built them in a very short window of time: 1953-54, give or take. (Ever s...
by Andrew T.
04 Sep 2019 20:58
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Dearborn, MI chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1930-59
Replies: 6
Views: 4038

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

I have high doubts that the CVS on the other end of that complex (closest to Greenfield Road) was a Kroger at all. Said CVS originally opened in 1963 as Civic Drugs , so named "because it was right across the street from Dearborn Civic Center." This and five other pharmacies owned by Eugene Appleba...