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by Gunter Caddington
20 Aug 2010 16:00
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise
Replies: 177
Views: 74088

Re: Extinct Supermarket Merchandise

Okay, here's one ... Kiora (Sp?) It was a brand of soda in various fruit flavors (I think the usual citrus varieties, plus maybe cherry) with a "dairy" base. Kind of like a carbonated melted creamsicle in a glass bottle. It was around in the mid 1970's--about the time I graduated San Jose State and ...
by Gunter Caddington
16 Aug 2010 00:23
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: PW Markets Closing all stores
Replies: 7
Views: 5527

Re: PW Markets Closing all stores

Sorry to hear about PW; another family chain bites the dust. My friends always refered to the store as Joey Franco's--and not PW. Years ago, PW had a store in Fremont on Walnut Avenue near Paseo Padre Parkway--not far from the BART station. They had taken over an Alpha Beta store lock, stock, and ba...
by Gunter Caddington
29 Jul 2010 13:39
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: The Big "A" Super Store
Replies: 1
Views: 2686

Re: The Big "A" Super Store

Hi! Some words about The Big A Store at the Northwest corner of Roscoe and Canoga in Canoga Park. This was a huge superstore that opened in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Don't remember too much about it as I was pretty young at the time. The "A" came from Joe (?) Arnoff who was CEO, President, or f...
by Gunter Caddington
08 Apr 2010 20:19
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Fox Markets of California
Replies: 3
Views: 5340

Re: Fox Markets of California

Gang--just a little to add about Fox Markets ... There was a store at the NW corner of Van Nuys Blvd & Valerio Street. It seems like it wasn't a market for all that long. At some point, the interior of the building was sliced up into a virtual rat's maze of hallways and small offices that were avail...
by Gunter Caddington
08 Apr 2010 20:07
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Unimart in Los Angeles?
Replies: 6
Views: 12405

Re: Unimart in Los Angeles?

Folks: A little to add about Unimart ... There was a location in North Hollywood at the NW corner of Victory & Vineland. I also recall it being a Fedco type store. Don't know if I would call Unimart an early version of Target as Unimart had a fairly sizable grocery section--something Target is just ...
by Gunter Caddington
31 Mar 2010 11:43
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Irvington(Fremont) Marina Safeway now a 99 Cent Store
Replies: 2
Views: 5432

Re: Irvington(Fremont) Marina Safeway now a 99 Cent Store

Thanks, Tesg! Looking at the Google images, as well as Map Quest, I see that the 99 Cent Only remodel extensively changed the front windows. The new windows are dark blue framed--and as mentioned before, the entry doors are in the center facing forward. The S&F era doors also faced foward, but were ...
by Gunter Caddington
30 Mar 2010 18:08
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Irvington(Fremont) Marina Safeway now a 99 Cent Store
Replies: 2
Views: 5432

Irvington(Fremont) Marina Safeway now a 99 Cent Store

Folks: The former Safeway in the Irvington section of Fremont reopened as a 99 Cent Only Store last Thursday (March 25). Although I've lived nearby for almost 25 years now, this was the first time I've actually gone into the building. The Marina style building has not been a Safeway for any of those...
by Gunter Caddington
04 Dec 2009 20:12
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: McDaniel's Markets in Socal
Replies: 13
Views: 9324

Re: McDaniel's Markets in Socal

Folks: A few memories of the McDaniel's Market in Valley Plaza at 6657 Laurel Canyon Blvd in North Hollywood. This will also touch on the Hughes acquisition and the impact on the building, which still exists today as a Ralphs. The Valley Plaza McDaniel's resembled the Oxnard store which has been ill...
by Gunter Caddington
08 Sep 2009 19:54
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Grocers in "real" malls - not strip malls
Replies: 79
Views: 61660

Re: Grocers in "real" malls - not strip malls

Topanga Plaza in Canoga Park, CA (now known as Westfield Topanga) opened in 1964 as a fully enclosed mall and included a market on the east side, just south of the May Company that anchored the north end of the mall. An aisle running east to west (with entrances to the eastern and western parking lo...
by Gunter Caddington
25 Aug 2009 22:41
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Thriftimart Locations
Replies: 33
Views: 24799

Re: Thriftimart Locations

Some rememberances of the Thriftimart in Valley Plaza--as I lived in North Hollywood between 1957 and 1977. The Thriftimart was at the southern end of the group of stores between Archwood & Kittridge on Laurel Canyon, where the Smart & Final is today. Note: this Thriftimart did not immediately becom...
by Gunter Caddington
24 Aug 2009 17:05
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center
Replies: 67
Views: 73610

Re: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center

I believe the Lankershim (between Oxnard & Erwin) and the Valley Plaza Thriftimarts (Laurel Canyon at Kittridge) operated concurrently, although as you point out they were fairly close together. As Valley Plaza was nearby, we seldom had need to venture farther east to Lankershim. Not sure when the L...
by Gunter Caddington
19 Aug 2009 16:57
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center
Replies: 67
Views: 73610

Re: Thriftimart in Valley Plaza

This Smart and Final was never a Thiriftimart. The S & F opened about 10 years ago. If memory serves me correctly it replaced an auto parts store but not 100% sure about what it was before S&F. Hi--I must respectfully disagree. There was a Thriftimart in Valley Plaza where the Smart and Final is no...