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by Andrew T.
16 Jul 2019 12:11
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Wichita KS, 1920-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: NEW: Wichita KS, 1920-2015

Now, for the architectural assessment... * One thing that struck me when browsing through old locations on Google Street View was how many small, early 20th-century storefronts were housed in one-story buildings with no apartments overhead. Wichita must have had low density. * Another thing that str...
by Andrew T.
16 Jul 2019 00:21
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Wichita KS, 1920-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: NEW: Wichita KS, 1920-2015

https://www.groceteria.com/wp-content/uploads/older/090208-wichita.jpg This thread wouldn't be complete with a picture of the Black Widow Murderer-type Kroger at 1640 S. Broadway ! It opened in 1953, was sold to Dillons before the decade was through, was reunited with Kroger via acquisition in 1985...
by Andrew T.
11 Jul 2019 20:17
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: London, ON A&P mystery: 346 & 395 Wellington Rd.
Replies: 0
Views: 34

London, ON A&P mystery: 346 & 395 Wellington Rd.

I've come to have a pretty good comprehension of London, Ontario's grocery history over my last two years of living there...but every now and then, I'll still stumble upon something that trips me up. A case in point: 346 Wellington Road. * According to the directories, an A&P store operated from thi...
by Andrew T.
10 Jul 2019 22:19
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: The mysteries of Eaton Groceteria in Canada
Replies: 0
Views: 33

The mysteries of Eaton Groceteria in Canada

Does anyone know about the Eaton Groceteria chain of stores? It's a name that's come up a number of times in my Ontario research...and it offers up a host of mysteries I've yet to solve. Was this a division of the Eaton's department store chain that went belly-up in 1999? In cities such as London, S...
by Andrew T.
10 Jul 2019 15:10
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

Well, that at least pinpoints the year of Safeway's KC departure to 1988...the same year as most of Safeway's other post-KKR divestments. No word on how they came to use the name.

Food Barn lasted to 1994.
by Andrew T.
09 Jul 2019 22:09
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

Finally, there's Safeway! Safeway appears to have entered Kansas City as the local Piggly Wiggly franchise. They were the most consistently successful of the "big three," topping A&P and Kroger in store count from 1939 on. They were also the last to go, narrowly surviving into the second half of the...
by Andrew T.
09 Jul 2019 17:53
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

Kroger arrived in Kansas City a few years later than A&P, and left a few years earlier. Nevertheless, the city is still rich in artifacts of that company's onetime presence. 2624 Independence Ave. housed a Kroger store from 1960 (or earlier) till the 1970s. For the four decades since, it's housed an...
by Andrew T.
09 Jul 2019 12:05
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

A&P (narrowly) had the longest history of any big-name grocer in KC, lasting from the 1920s until the 1980s. Here is the fantastic store at 1121 Linwood Street, which was featured on Groceteria 11 years ago : https://www.groceteria.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/042608-ap-kcmo-1940.jpg Unfortunately...
by Andrew T.
09 Jul 2019 11:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

Great! I'm really happy to see Kansas City on Groceteria. There are surprises lurking in the murky annals of its supermarket past, that's for sure. One is the plethora of "Grand Union" stores in 1925: Is this the same Grand Union as the northeast chain we all know? I don't know if it is, but I also ...
by Andrew T.
08 Jul 2019 10:54
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Edison Park Grocery Store Chicago Il.
Replies: 6
Views: 2870

Re: Edison Park Grocery Store Chicago Il.

rvwalton wrote:
08 Jul 2019 02:44
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune dated August 28, 1951, this store opened as an A&P on that day.
Interesting! This is the second time we've had a Chicagoland "National" turn out to be an A&P.
by Andrew T.
07 Jul 2019 13:16
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Older KFC Locations
Replies: 27
Views: 22204

Re: Older KFC Locations

Here's yet another Canadian relic much like the one in Hamilton: 5 Mill Street West in Tilbury, Ontario; one of the many places subsumed into Chatham-Kent. This one had the added bonus of a faded '80s side sign, and an early '90s bucket.
by Andrew T.
07 Jul 2019 13:07
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: St Louis, 1933-1975
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: NEW: St Louis, 1933-1975

There's a nice National pylon store at 1420 Montgomery Street, similar to the ones I dug up in Michigan. And the labelscar from the original diamond-shaped sign is still visible!

There are bound to be other gems in this list as well. It'll take a long time to sort through them all.
by Andrew T.
07 Jul 2019 12:48
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mount Clemens (and other Macomb County burbs) chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Mount Clemens (and other Macomb County burbs) chain grocery/supermarket history

The Mount Clemens library also had a handful of East Detroit directories on the wall, all from the 1940s and 1950s. These covered the portion of Macomb County south of Mount Clemens itself, and I made a table out of that: East Detroit (Eastpointe), Roseville, Fraser, and St. Clair Shores chain groce...
by Andrew T.
07 Jul 2019 12:32
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mount Clemens (and other Macomb County burbs) chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Mount Clemens (and other Macomb County burbs) chain grocery/supermarket history

A few days ago I crossed the border into Michigan for the Fourth of July holiday, and I decided to do some research in the city of Mount Clemens while I was there...partially to solve the mystery of this building , and partially to help expand Groceteria's coverage in the Detroit Metro: Mount Clemen...
by Andrew T.
07 Jul 2019 10:47
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 100

Re: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Like a store in London that dated to the same era, the 1980s Loblaws Superstore at 295 Wellington Street had a slanted front. The building has been reoccupied by Home Hardware/Home Furniture, but the unusual facade is still intact: