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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: 8412

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: 3067

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: 4162

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: 6119

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: 4162

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: 5135

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: 3671

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...
by rich
02 Sep 2017 14:32
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: New location list: Alexandria 1924-1959
Replies: 1
Views: 3411

Re: New location list: Alexandria 1924-1959

Food Fair here would have been the DC-area chain not the Philly one. Before Grand Union bought the local Food Fair chain, the Philly one was calling itself Food Lane in the DC area. The Philly chain never had many stores around DC (neither did Acme which had had a much longer history).
by rich
02 Sep 2017 14:13
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: New location list: Erie PA 1925-2005
Replies: 1
Views: 2910

Re: New location list: Erie PA 1925-2005

Kroger never had more than a couple stores. They made it to Erie at the end of their big expansion that began in the mid-50s--they bought a small chain in DC around this time and expanded into the Twin Cities. Their geographic expansion pretty well stopped shortly after that. They left DC within a f...
by rich
15 Aug 2017 21:34
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Fisher's Foods, Canton OH
Replies: 2
Views: 3584

Re: Fisher's Foods, Canton OH

No relation. Fisher Foods (originally Fisher Brothers) began in 1907 and the management reverted to a sons in law of the founders named Conway by the 30s and later partners' family named Salmon, although one direct descendant remained in management until the chain was sold in the 60s. The Cleveland ...
by rich
03 Jun 2017 09:13
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA
Replies: 8
Views: 5986

Re: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA

I don't think Grand Union ever went that far South in VA; Acme certainly didn't--both were in the DelMarVa peninsula (Acme still is, but not in VA). Safeway would be the best candidate among chains with a DC presence to have a store here. Having a mansard roof was an almost universal design from the...
by rich
26 Apr 2017 23:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Preston-Safeway
Replies: 11
Views: 13187

Re: Preston-Safeway

I recently got on the subject of Preston-Safeway and here are a couple indications that it had nothing to do with the the "other Safeway", instead it apparently was the largest Italian owned business in Indianapolis (significant in a place with a famously xenophobic history): http://www.legacy.com/o...
by rich
21 Apr 2017 17:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Eisner and the downstate Jewel stores
Replies: 2
Views: 3739

Re: Eisner and the downstate Jewel stores

Jewel kept the Eisner stores in Bloomington, Indiana well after they had departed Indy, although those stores were gone somewhere in the 90s. They had one store near IU that drew from the large Chicago diaspora related to the University--it was a somewhat neglected combo with Osco from the 70s; desp...
by rich
06 Apr 2017 09:26
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 13999

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

Assuming this was a Safeway design, I wonder if others like it exist? I have seen some others. May have photos. I'll look when I get home. AS I recall, Most of the ones like this I've seen were originally Safeway/Super S combos, but this doesn't look big enough. Keep in mind that a number of chains...
by rich
05 Apr 2017 10:07
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Baton Rouge supermarkets
Replies: 12
Views: 8904

Re: Baton Rouge supermarkets

National definitely did exist there, but I don't know the locations or whether they exited Baton Rouge before leaving New Orleans. They acquired a chain in Baton Rouge (I want to say the name was "Capital") in the 50s, so their characteristic buff brick 50s stores that had brick pylons might not be ...