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by dooneyt63
06 Jun 2011 20:40
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants
Replies: 71
Views: 71983

Re: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants

I came across an open and flourishing Kmart Cafe today in Milton, FL. There was traffic even around 2:00 P.M., and there were a number of signs touting specials in addition to the menu board items. This was great as these cafes are rapidly disappearing.
by dooneyt63
05 May 2011 20:16
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Defunct grocery chains you personally shopped at
Replies: 36
Views: 33581

Re: Defunct grocery chains you personally shopped at

Mississippi: Jitney Jungle Sunflower(Lewis Grocer Co.) Liberty Cash Markets Big Star(supplied by Malone & Hyde) Food Center/Sack & Save New Deal Supermarkets National Alabama: Delchamps Florida: Pantry Pride Kash 'n Karry(now Sweetbay and owned by Delhaize, then owned by Lucky and independent) Jewel...
by dooneyt63
05 Oct 2010 21:23
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: New Orleans area supermarkets
Replies: 25
Views: 18049

Re: New Orleans area supermarkets

Winn Dixie is the only large chain operator really left in the metro. Rouses has a considerable presence as A&P was the only other dominant chain left when they took over. New Orleans has a number of strong independents, most notably Dorignac's. A&P had swallowed up the remains of the old Schwegmann...
by dooneyt63
04 Oct 2010 19:28
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants
Replies: 71
Views: 71983

Re: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants

Anyone know if Kmart has phased out all Kmart Cafes yet? Another in my area (Panama City Beach, FL) has closed. They have been going one by one, but some I have visited in the last year seem quite viable. This one was replaced with the usual schlocky display of seasonal stuff. It was virtually intac...
by dooneyt63
19 Sep 2010 16:13
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: W T Grant
Replies: 66
Views: 63045

Re: W T Grant

The Grant City stores did close after W.T. Grant's huge liquidation sales. The leases were acquired by Kmart during and following the bankruptcy proceeding. This was the largest retail bankruptcy in history at the time, and it took a while. Kmart did light remodeling and some rearranging in the Gran...
by dooneyt63
31 Jul 2010 13:32
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: The ever shrinking Winn-Dixie
Replies: 24
Views: 18314

Re: The ever shrinking Winn-Dixie

Edric's observations about the South Florida/East Coast stores certainly bears out my thoughts. From my most recent trip in that area (March-April 2009), many of the stores were in areas where most retail has either relocated or substantially remodeled. Publix has been especially aggressive in erasi...
by dooneyt63
29 Jul 2010 19:34
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: The ever shrinking Winn-Dixie
Replies: 24
Views: 18314

Re: The ever shrinking Winn-Dixie

While the large number of Florida closures at first looks pretty alarming, it is really a very small number since the vast majority of their stores are in the state. I can't speak to every location, but a number are in metro areas where there are other Winn Dixie stores. In the 1980's and 1990's, it...
by dooneyt63
20 Jul 2010 21:39
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Woolco
Replies: 43
Views: 39949

Re: Woolco

Jackson Mall in Jackson, MS, had a Woolco as third anchor. It was there from the time the mall opened until the chain folded in 1982.
by dooneyt63
20 Jul 2010 21:35
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?
Replies: 16
Views: 6744

Re: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?

I was mostly referring to the early decade turbulence coming off the 1970's James Woods was brought on board to correct. From the Super Fresh and Futurestore initiatives forward were good times for A&P. I remember the articles touting their comeback in Time and Fortune. These moves were what I was r...
by dooneyt63
19 Jul 2010 20:24
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?
Replies: 16
Views: 6744

Re: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?

Correct on the 1974 date. A wave of A&P closings in all divisions took place during the 1970-1975 period. Some stores were replaced with newer ones, some newer ones were closed leaving older ones, and some markets were demoted from several stores to one. This was the aftermath of price competition a...
by dooneyt63
18 Jul 2010 14:42
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?
Replies: 16
Views: 6744

Re: When did these A&Ps close? Were any of them replaced?

This is probably not a 1954 design. There has been some prior discussion on another thread about the retrofit of existing buildings to the centennial design. These are prime examples of the better quality retrofit. Many were just done with lapboard siding. Most of these likely dated from the mid-194...
by dooneyt63
18 Jul 2010 14:33
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: "Northeastern Chains" in Florida?
Replies: 22
Views: 17915

Re: Pantry Pride in Florida?

Echoing Steve Landry, there were a fair number of Fields/Pantry Pride combos. One was in the city of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and is open as Kmart to this day. The adjacent Pantry Pride hosted several supermarkets post-Pantry Pride but is currently used for storage by Kmart. Pompano Beach and Winter P...
by dooneyt63
18 Jul 2010 14:25
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: What did these Food Fairs look like? Help please!
Replies: 1
Views: 1845

Re: What did these Food Fairs look like? Help please!

Actually, the third view, the Devon, PA, store was the most frequently seen J.M. Fields build. That or variations were built with a Food Fair or later Pantry Pride to the left or right. The supermarket had a much lower roof line and usually had the same facing of either brick or stone as featured on...
by dooneyt63
17 Jul 2010 13:32
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Centennial A&Ps "reconstituted" as Super Fresh
Replies: 6
Views: 4083

Re: Centennial A&Ps "reconstituted" as Super Fresh

Most of the pictured stores may have been expanded during the Super Fresh start-up era. However, it was not unusual for centennials to have one or more small stores attached to either side, sort of a mini shopping center if you will. In the day when they were built, supermarket pharmacies were almos...
by dooneyt63
16 Jul 2010 18:44
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Centennial A&Ps "reconstituted" as Super Fresh
Replies: 6
Views: 4083

Re: Centennial A&Ps "reconstituted" as Super Fresh

A large number of the earliest Super Fresh stores were converted centennials or other older formats. Most of the Futurestore and other highly contemporary designs were introduced to the various A&P divisions after the Super Fresh debut. As to why they would keep such an old store design, the very hi...