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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: 5858

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: 14657

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: 14657

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: 6231

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: 6231

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: 14657

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: 4690

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: 10870

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.
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: 6355

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: 13447

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: 7017

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: 9656

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: 6720

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: 6720

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: 9656

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...