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by rich
04 Jan 2006 20:17
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants
Replies: 71
Views: 79092

K-Mart Cafeterias

The popcorn & the 3/$1 subs (they may have called them "hoagies") were not included from the prototype they developed around 1983. The mere mention of the popcorn & subs reminds me of the distinctive stench they gave to K-Marts. The mid-80s format was when they first tried to draw something resembli...
by rich
04 Jan 2006 20:04
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: JCPenney and Drugstores
Replies: 9
Views: 9077

Eckerd

The different Eckerd chains were started by different branches of the same family. The earlier incarnation of this message board had some detail about this--I forget if they were siblings, cousins or different generations. It's doubtful that Eckerd "saved" JCP or had better management. A friend of m...
by rich
04 Jan 2006 19:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: First supercenter
Replies: 30
Views: 22222

Superstores & service departments

There were early experiments with delis, bakeries (often leased departments) and coffee shop-type restaurants going back to the 50s. Typically these were in the Northeast & Midwest. The Fisher Foods chain in Cleveland had delis in almost all of the stores it opened from the mid-50s onward. Delis & b...
by rich
04 Jan 2006 19:17
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: KMart grocery stores before SuperKMart
Replies: 76
Views: 80327

Zayre Foods

Colonial operated a small number of stores under the "Zayre Foods" banner. More commonly, they had Albers, Colonial, or Big Star stores in shopping centers with Zayre.
by rich
28 Nov 2005 18:19
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Best Products
Replies: 42
Views: 29097

Best Products

Best had a number of stores in the Cleveland area. None of them were of the architecturally distinctive variety (those came in the mid- to late 70s). The one near me was a former Federal Dept Store (a low-end chain based in Detroit) that was among Best's first Cleveland stores (circa 1972). It later...
by rich
20 Nov 2005 21:27
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Central Massachusetts
Replies: 6
Views: 5591

What about Stop & Shop (they were everywhere), Big Y (out of Springfield), or Star?
by rich
18 Nov 2005 23:55
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: KMart grocery stores before SuperKMart
Replies: 76
Views: 80327

Richway

LS Ayres in Indianapolis had "Ayr-way" (which, like Richway, was eventually bought by Target). Federated Dept. Stores (Lazarus et al.) had Gold Circle and Gold Triangle, while May had Venture (in St. Louis & Chicago, as well as places in between). Kroger operated a small number of Gold Circle Foods ...
by rich
15 Nov 2005 21:12
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Grocers in "real" malls - not strip malls
Replies: 79
Views: 65342

Supermarkets in Malls

Supermarkets quit being located in malls around the mid-60s. Occasionally they turned up on outparcels near later malls, like Euclid Square Mall in Cleveland (a Fazio) or South DeKalb Mall near Atlanta (Winn-Dixie). Sometimes they survived malling, like the super markets at Westgate in Cleveland (al...
by rich
15 Nov 2005 21:03
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: KMart grocery stores before SuperKMart
Replies: 76
Views: 80327

K-Mart Foods

Discount store supermarkets were usually run by a chain, usually using the name of the discount stores, then "foods". K-Mart Foods was, indeed, more largely an Allied Supermarkets operation. Colonial had some of these stores in the Southeast and during the early 70s, National Tea operated some. Ther...