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by rich
20 Nov 2018 23:13
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

Kroger's dominance in Columbus & Toledo is pretty recent---both had much more dominant local chains. They were never really competitive in the Cleveland area and did only somewhat better in Akron/Canton & Warren/Youngstown. I'm guessing that Colonial squandered Albers competitiveness in Cincinnati &...
by rich
18 Nov 2018 19:51
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

It looks like Albers never had the level of penetration that they did in Columbus & Cincinnati which may account for Big Star, esp. if one of the local chains like Liberal or Stumps was price sensitive. I wonder if 1965 was when they also began to cut back on their hinterland too. They had stores in...
by rich
08 Nov 2018 10:41
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Replies: 15
Views: 10650

Re: Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Palisades store has been targeted for replacement for sometime but has run into local opposition. I suspect the Chevy Chase store may be similar in vintage along with one in Adams Morgan on Columbia Road which obviously has been built-out several times. The most obvious 40s store is the "Soviet ...
by rich
06 Nov 2018 11:55
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Replies: 15
Views: 10650

Re: Fredericksburg, Virginia

At least in DC proper, some 40s stores made it into the 80s. They seem to have had waves of store closings in the mid-80s and early 90s. I saw the 90s closings--marinas and pylons. Some of the 80s closures were identified as such and were being considered for redevelopment--two were near stops soon ...
by rich
05 Oct 2018 15:46
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Keene, NH chain history 1925-60 (+2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 3606

Re: Keene, NH chain history 1925-60 (+2018)

If it's in New England it's always going to include First National. There is surprisingly little history on them although they saturated New England up through the 60s.
by rich
18 Sep 2018 09:21
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 10
Views: 4887

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

I'm a little surprised that Evans/Pennyfare never got this far. Perhaps it was too far South for their distribution. It probably was too far for Thorofare, although they were established well into WV by the mid 50s.
by rich
19 Aug 2018 20:08
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Gary, Indiana chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 2
Views: 2324

Re: Gary, Indiana chain grocery/supermarket locations

Miller Beach was the most affluent part of Gary and remains much more prosperous than the rest of the city. Glen Park was the part of the city that resembled a mid-century suburb and had a concentration of chain supers into the 70s. I have some familiarity with this area beyond your timeline--indepe...
by rich
19 Aug 2018 19:44
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959
Replies: 3
Views: 2914

Re: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959

Given their conservative management and pulling out in the 50s, I wonder if they were concerned that transitioning to supers would have required taking on debt.
by rich
17 Aug 2018 15:32
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959
Replies: 3
Views: 2914

Re: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959

HG Hill's withdrawal from a huge territory has struck me as one of those potentially great, untold stories in retail. I lived in Nashville when they were running a shrinking, but still very popular chain, which a loyal clientele, albeit one who seemed older than the folks who shopped at Kroger. Thei...
by rich
14 Aug 2018 09:09
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Waukegan, IL chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 5
Views: 5804

Re: Waukegan, IL chain grocery/supermarket locations

Waukegan and its immediate marketplace would have been more separate from "Chicagoland" in the 50s and even 60s than later on, so it would not have been unusual for National or Jewel to have relatively few stores, or for there to be a significant local chain. National grew heavily by acquisition eve...
by rich
11 Aug 2018 08:49
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Safeway, Charlottesville, 1972
Replies: 12
Views: 14246

Re: Safeway, Charlottesville, 1972

The circle S used to carry a 1956 trade mark, so more likely the following year. Barrael vault ceilings often were visible in 50s safeways and other chains also often barely disguised them.
by rich
09 Aug 2018 12:13
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Fort Wayne, IN chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-87.
Replies: 9
Views: 9633

Re: Fort Wayne, IN chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-87.

Colonial had their short-lived acquisition of Stop & Shop stores in Indianapolis in the 50s, but I've never seen evidence that they bought any other chains in Indiana. The furthest North they got in western Ohio that I can determine was Lima in the mid-50s and that may have been under Albers' origin...
by rich
06 Aug 2018 21:32
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Fort Wayne, IN chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-87.
Replies: 9
Views: 9633

Re: Fort Wayne, IN chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-87.

Odd that Marsh didn't have stores here. The one Del farm was an oddity; probably built shortly before National Tea's finances imploded in the early 70s and even then they were not geographic expansion mode having closed their Detroit, Memphis & Grand Rapids operations. Scott's and Rogers shared the ...
by rich
13 Jul 2018 09:47
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 16
Views: 10011

Re: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history

Wrigley's parent Allied Supermarkets operated KMart Foods in SE Michigan and in a variety of other markets. It's pretty unremarkable that the KMart store was rebranded. What is remarkable is that they would have done these rebrands a few years before KMart foods was gone altogether. KMart had alread...
by rich
09 Jul 2018 16:58
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 16
Views: 10011

Re: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history

National exited Detroit in 1966; CF Smith was the chain they had bought in Detroit to establish themselves, so it's odd that there isn't continuity between locations of the two. National closed some outlying stores like the ones in Toledo in 1963. Oddly missing is Food Fair (no relation to the Phill...