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by rich
19 Aug 2018 19:44
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Montgomery AL locations, 1925-1959
Replies: 4
Views: 3935

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: 4
Views: 3935

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: 7252

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: 16259

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: 11580

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: 11580

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: 12831

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: 12831

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...
by rich
07 Jun 2018 20:31
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)
Replies: 8
Views: 10294

Re: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)

Another, fairly straightforward explanation is that Morgantown and its surrounding county lost population in the 50s, which would have made it less attractive for building a store. Given Kroger's big push to build stores between the mid 50s and early 60s which included pushes into places like the Tw...
by rich
07 Jun 2018 20:14
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Giant at Westfield Wheaton
Replies: 1
Views: 4427

Re: Giant at Westfield Wheaton

The mall wasn't enclosed when it opened. The entrance was outside after it was enclosed. The store was a dump, btw, in the Izzy Cohen era, which meant they were waiting out the lease and didn't want Safeway (which had a store nearby taking over). They did the same with Congressional Plaza which even...
by rich
26 May 2018 15:40
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: A conjoined, double A&P centennial store? (6644 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH)
Replies: 5
Views: 4331

Re: A conjoined, double A&P centennial store? (6644 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH)

I grew-up in the Cleveland area and return 4 or 5 times a year for family reasons. I had family who lived in the Madison area in the 70s and again around 1980, so the chronology of this shopping center is well known to me.
by rich
26 May 2018 15:38
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Loblaws' bewildering branding history
Replies: 9
Views: 8170

Re: Loblaws' bewildering branding history

Loblaw has had a different set set of brands in the US and Canada, where they've kept old brands and established new ones--I know a fair amount about Loblaw US but very little about Loblaw canda, except that , for decades, it's been part of a conglomerate controllled and run by the Weston family who...
by rich
26 May 2018 00:03
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: A conjoined, double A&P centennial store? (6644 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH)
Replies: 5
Views: 4331

Re: A conjoined, double A&P centennial store? (6644 N Ridge Rd, Madison, OH)

Very easy one. The A&P was the one of the last centennials in the Cleveland area. The other building was a branch of the Ashtubula-based Carisle-Allen department store chain--it looked a bit different from the current store but did complement the Centennial. Their main store was in downtown Ashtubul...
by rich
10 Jan 2018 23:08
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Tops Friendly Markets International Super Center
Replies: 5
Views: 6837

Re: Tops Friendly Markets International Super Center

Did this open when Wegman's entered the Buffalo market? It seems like a response to the very large stores they had started to build.
by rich
01 Oct 2017 10:47
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: domed/arched roofs non-aesthetic purpose?
Replies: 4
Views: 5006

Re: domed/arched roofs non-aesthetic purpose?

Definitely structural. Used for ice rinks, auditoriums, train stations, rail sheds, etc. where you needed large open spaces w/o pillars.They were in use many decades before the Safeways, Kohl's, Penn Fruit, etc. versions; however the barrel vault often was hidden from exterior view and inside things...