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by rich
19 Mar 2017 08:42
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Diminishing JC Penney downtown locations
Replies: 2
Views: 3107

Re: Diminishing JC Penney downtown locations

The same question came up on Retail Watchers, but a number of downtown stores were mentioned--mostly small Western towns. A large fraction of the closings seem to be in small town malls (the places where these downtown stores usually were relocated). This shouldn't be a surprise given the high death...
by rich
15 Mar 2017 10:05
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?
Replies: 5
Views: 4258

Re: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?

The building with the TJs looks like something out of the 80s. The A&P in the has the "wing" logo typical of the 50s or early/mid-60s. I suspect it might have been the Gristede's across the street or a tenant in a prior building on this site. Alternatively, I recall being in a Food Emporium that obv...
by rich
04 Feb 2017 21:25
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Iconic Store Designs
Replies: 19
Views: 9904

Re: Iconic Store Designs

Grand Union was not the only chain to use a shingled roof. Fazio's in the Cleveland area used this as their prototype from the mid-60s into the 1980s: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ei2Ik5quiI0/R_Ft9iQfMoI/AAAAAAAAA0E/npI1lRJmtK8/s400/fazio%27s+1971.jpg Fazio also used the theme inside their stores. Many...
by rich
03 Feb 2017 13:19
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5453

Re: Kroger/Chicago

i should have qualified that--the stores that Andrew mentioned are the South Suburban stores I was referencing (Chicago Heights & Park Forest). From looking up the sale to Dominick's, I noticed that they had about 60 stores when they opened their Northlake facility and had 74 stores in their Chicago...
by rich
02 Feb 2017 12:49
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5453

Re: Kroger/Chicago

Kroger sold their Chicago area distribution center to Dominick's in '70 along with two cohorts of stores---buying the distribution center probably marked their departure from the market, although Dominick's made its second purchase about 6 months after. The South Suburban stores probably were suppli...
by rich
17 Jan 2017 17:30
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5453

Re: Kroger/Chicago

Kroger seems to have entered a lot of markets somewhere in the mid-to-late 20s. In some cases, they opened stores and bought Piggly Wiggly operators (gradually phasing out the PW name)--that was how they entered Cleveland and Atlanta. They bought some other local chains in this period like the Eagle...
by rich
25 Dec 2016 11:33
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?
Replies: 5
Views: 4379

Re: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?

Google newspapers should be able to get you some grand openings and old ads. The post-Centennial stores were rolled out in '74. Some were pairings with K-Marts, while others were standalones or in small shopping centers--usually with mansard roofs, which were the norm for supers of that time and the...
by rich
23 Dec 2016 08:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?
Replies: 5
Views: 4379

Re: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?

The "new logo" debuted when they started opening post-centennial stores in 1974. Those stores were much larger than the centennials (30K-ish if I recall correctly) and had service departments, which beyond very small efforts like BBQ chicken they hadn't had before. I believe that the the predecessor...
by rich
30 Oct 2016 23:06
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 13999

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

It wasn't Consumers, it was someone's surname.
by rich
29 Oct 2016 09:59
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 13999

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

At least when I lived there, mid-Missouri seemed to have had an odd patterning of chains, perhaps because KC and St L overlapped influence in the region, with St L being the stronger pull. I think a lot of it was that Columbia was so different from everywhere else. Schnucks had no other nearby store...
by rich
29 Oct 2016 09:37
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Atlanta "Murder Kroger" closes
Replies: 6
Views: 5092

Re: Atlanta "Murder Kroger" closes

Do you mean "Ponce" rather than "Moreland"? This store is probably close to a mile from Moreland. Both corridors have changed--but outside of Little Five Points, Moreland had little to miss, unless you count East Atlanta, whose funky little retail area is off of Moreland. Moreland still has the driv...
by rich
28 Oct 2016 13:59
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Atlanta "Murder Kroger" closes
Replies: 6
Views: 5092

Re: Atlanta "Murder Kroger" closes

Actually, Atlanta is largely without humor, sardonic or otherwise. It's more about boosterism and entrepreneurialism (people endlessly trying to sell you something). This also was known as the "crack Kroger" and for many years marked the eastern end of the prostitution stroll that began a bit less t...
by rich
17 Oct 2016 11:13
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 13999

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

I don't believe National went further West than Columbia. Gerbes (later owned by Dillon and now Kroger) started in Springfield, but I don't know if they had distinctive prototypes and they no longer have stores there. Safeway went as far East as Columbia and probably had stores in Springfield, as th...
by rich
29 Sep 2016 16:45
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: New location list: Hartford CT, 1925-1985
Replies: 2
Views: 3449

Re: New location list: Hartford CT, 1925-1985

Mott's and Shop-Rite were the same. The stores carried both banners, but Mott's was the colloquial and probably the name that was used before joining the co-op. Waldbaums and Food Mart were the same. Food Mart originated in Holyoke, Mass and the first Hartford store dated back to the early 60s--it w...
by rich
27 Sep 2016 14:36
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
Replies: 6
Views: 9237

Re: Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)

Unconditional cash refunds were very common well before the 70s. Sears made a big point of these, but discounter chains and regular departments stores did this as well.