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by rich
27 Sep 2016 14:09
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Missouri and Illinois Kroger stores from 1979
Replies: 6
Views: 6006

Re: List of Missouri and Illinois Kroger stores from 1979

National bought most of the A&Ps in the St Louis area, but I think many of the Krogers went to Shop-n-Save and Schnucks, as well as National, as that sale took place a few years later. By some reports National bought Kroger's St Louis distribution center but I think it may have been their bakery and...
by rich
25 Sep 2016 00:14
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P's closures and market withdrawals of the late 1970s and early 1980s
Replies: 19
Views: 10848

Re: A&P's closures and market withdrawals of the late 1970s and early 1980s

They did a lot of closures from about '74 onward, which was when started building super stores. They often left places with skeleton operations---despite having a DC in Toledo, which probably was too close to Detroit and Cleveland, they had few stores in Toledo by the mid 70s. When I lived in New En...
by rich
12 Sep 2016 09:52
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: An unusual and unlocatable Kroger store (Beckley, WV)
Replies: 7
Views: 5409

Re: An unusual and unlocatable Kroger store (Beckley, WV)

They clearly mention a 16K sf building here. It may be that it became a used car lot as a consequence of the changes taking place in the car industry shortly before 1958, and previously had been a new car lot. Studebaker merged with Packard, Nash/Rambler merged with Hudson, and Kaiser-Frazer went ou...
by rich
10 Sep 2016 11:26
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Re: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity

The only other chain that I recall using fieldstone was Union76 in their ranch style and I think that predated Texaco, but probably not by much. They did add it as accent on some Pure Oil stations when those were rebranded to Union76; that I believe was sometime after the acquisition in 1965. You've...
by rich
10 Sep 2016 11:13
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver
Replies: 7
Views: 5146

Re: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver

As far as I can recall from their newspaper ads they were using both brands until they left---Miller was the pioneer supermarket chain and I believe they inherited their first drug stores from that acquisition. Loblaw-Canada made enough investment in the various stores to make them sellable, even in...
by rich
09 Sep 2016 22:29
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver
Replies: 7
Views: 5146

Re: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver

Right, no rebranding. National left Denver some time in the 70s.
by rich
09 Sep 2016 22:26
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Re: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity

The Teagues appear to be the trend setter--architectural histories connect them to streamline architecture which originated in the early/mid-30s. Before then, service stations went toward domestic architectural styles or oddities like the Shell clamshells. The colonials (Gulf, in particular) and the...
by rich
09 Sep 2016 10:41
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver
Replies: 7
Views: 5146

Re: Miller's/Del Farm in Denver

There was an actual rebranding. They did this in some markets or branded only new ground-up stores with this banner (they did this in Indianapolis). It usually was more price sensitive banner. The format was short lived in some places and then they kept the banner but advertised with the main Nation...
by rich
08 Sep 2016 16:47
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity
Replies: 14
Views: 7320

Re: Matawan-style Texacos, and their rarity

The Matawan was pretty dated when it was introduced. Fieldstone-type accents were more of a 50s/early 60s thing in commercial buildings (and homes). Mobil's mimialist designs from the mid-60s were much more contemporary and still look good. I would disagree about the Shell ranches--they were distinc...
by rich
03 Sep 2016 21:55
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Grocery spottings in and on the way to Michigan
Replies: 8
Views: 6261

Re: Grocery spottings in and on the way to Michigan

Benton Harbor definitely would have been a National--those stores were incorporated into the Chicago division, along with Kalamazoo and Niles when the Kalamazoo distribution center was closed and continued into the 1970s. Dundee could easily have been a National (the brick was one they favored) but ...
by rich
30 Aug 2016 20:26
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: New location list: New Haven CT, 1925-1978
Replies: 1
Views: 3074

Re: New location list: New Haven CT, 1925-1978

A few thoughts---New Haven was one of the more disproportionately successful cities in receiving federal urban renewal funds and they ripped entire, often viable neighborhoods for freeways and other projects which would have accelerated the departure of smaller, older locations but didn't really cre...
by rich
30 Aug 2016 20:17
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: New location list: Albany through 1960
Replies: 8
Views: 6160

Re: New location list: Albany through 1960

Loblaw also seemed to have big plans in their Western territory. buying a chain in Youngstown that covered NE Ohio outside of Cleveland and opening some stores on the fringes of the Cleveland area. The sold all that off in 61 or 62. They must have hit a wall in terms of capital or profitability in t...
by rich
30 Aug 2016 20:04
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wrigley's supermarkets in Michigan
Replies: 15
Views: 30249

Re: Wrigley's supermarkets in Michigan

Abner A Wolf was the wholesale arm of Wrigley and the original business. Wolf was a wholesaler who serviced independent markets and then bought several companies to make a chain. Packer was a Wrigley chain that was basically KMart foods without a KMart next door. It was a run as a discount operation...
by rich
24 Aug 2016 11:35
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Safeway Super Stores and Marketplaces (1977-1994)
Replies: 11
Views: 6212

Re: Safeway Super Stores and Marketplaces (1977-1994)

The KC Food Barns weren't necessarily in former Safeways 9the one I remember was in a vacant former Wal-Mart), but they were must have had Safeway sourcing because a lot of the merchandise was Safeway house brands.
by rich
01 Jul 2016 12:44
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger in Cleveland
Replies: 6
Views: 7155

Re: Kroger in Cleveland

What's ironic given your numbers is that in the "super market era", Kroger never had more than half the locations that Fisher or A&P (or later rival Pick-n-Pay) had in the Cleveland area and they were gone from places like Cleveland Heights where they once had had a number of neighborhood groceries....