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by rich
02 Sep 2017 14:32
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: New location list: Alexandria 1924-1959
Replies: 1
Views: 4658

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: 4134

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: 3703

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: 7739

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: 13482

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: 3880

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: 14662

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: 10514

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 ...
by rich
19 Mar 2017 08:42
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Diminishing JC Penney downtown locations
Replies: 2
Views: 4367

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: 5632

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: 12633

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: 5696

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: 5696

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: 5696

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: 5880

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...