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by Dave
19 Feb 2006 09:57
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

Besides owning stores, another common deal is to enter into a lease with the landowner - a 30 year lease with a 15 year out exercisable by the tenant is common. Walgreens or whoever builds the store and the building reverts to the owner of the land at the end of the lease. The cash flow from the lea...
by Dave
18 Feb 2006 10:40
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

... Walgreens must have a boatload of money, as much as they spend on new stores and fixing up. Or maybe they save so much on architect's fees... The freestanding store concept must have economic considerations that I'm not fully conversant with. All I know is that if you own a piece of vacant comm...
by Dave
17 Feb 2006 15:29
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

todd wrote:Does Walgreens almost seem to be a convenience store AND a pharmacy, more so than any others have ever been before?
In my opinion, yes. The newer CVS stores have "Food Store" signs, but the amount of groceries CVS carries pales compared to Walgreens. But then again, Rite Aid is doing the same thing.
by Dave
17 Feb 2006 08:01
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway/Alpha Beta relation
Replies: 9
Views: 6259

Most sources I've seen indicate that the company did start in Washington DC as the Sanitary Grocery Company, but Sanitary became Safeway in 1928 (I believe)... I have a gap of a year to worry about, but in Richmond, Sanitary is shown in the 1940 city directory and the 1940-41 telephone book, and Sa...
by Dave
17 Feb 2006 07:54
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Richmond, VA
Replies: 11
Views: 9532

Nice site. Didn't recognize the former grocery stores on Broad down there before. The one Safeway really didn't look like one. Keep up the good work, can't wait to see more from Giant and Safeway's Richmond presence, as well as some old A&P's. I noticed you've focused on what chains have left, any ...
by Dave
16 Feb 2006 23:23
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Richmond, VA
Replies: 11
Views: 9532

Richmond, VA

I took some photos last week and thought that a couple might be of interest - though both the photos and the site design I threw together are of dubious quality. Anyway, it's a work in progress.

http://mysite.verizon.net/d.mcgrann/
by Dave
16 Feb 2006 17:16
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: When was VONS first used? I have a pat. date of 1916 on bake
Replies: 5
Views: 3702

Cinda, you can add up to 17 years to a patent date to determine when it might have been manufactured, so your saw could conceivably been made anywhere between 1916 and 1933 or so, after Vons began operating, which was before 1920. The patent date of July 4th points out an interesting bit of trivia -...
by Dave
16 Feb 2006 15:13
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

When Walgreens enters a new market, they first open their smaller pharmacies...then come in with the bigger corner stores Walgreens came to Richmond a few years ago strictly with free-standing stores. They have 16 stores now, with quite a few of those in underserved areas, where they really fill a ...
by Dave
16 Feb 2006 08:47
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

Is your new RiteAid sort of a cubist building, exterior of giant concrete squares with a kind of clipped-corner greenhouse as the entrance? Be interesting to see your photos. That sounds a lot like the last new Revcos that were taken over by CVS. The new Rite Aid near here that was opened less than...
by Dave
15 Feb 2006 17:23
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

Yes, I believe that's true about Rexall being like IGA. All of them that I recall were So-and-So's Rexall, for example the Rennebohm's Rexall chain in Madison, WI. So, further digging might uncover the exact circumstances of their becoming Walgreens. I do believe most of them became Walgreens-owned...
by Dave
15 Feb 2006 11:22
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26044

Re: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs

storeliker wrote:... I also dont quite understand the Walgreens emblem.
You mean the thing to the left of "Walgreens"? That's a stylized mortar and pestle, used to crush things into powder and mix them together. It's an old pharmacy symbol - I've seen it in several logos.
by Dave
15 Feb 2006 11:15
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 83353

...it looks like the fate of most vacant grocery stores falls into a few certain categories: a start-up church, bingo parlor, discount funrniture, flea market, gym or Big Lots. I used to do a lot of due dilgence property inspections for a company that bought distressed commercial mortgages and real...
by Dave
15 Feb 2006 11:11
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Supermarket "spokesmodels?"
Replies: 19
Views: 14433

Farm Fresh out of Norfolk, VA had stores in Richmond called "The Grocery Store" (emphasis on the "The"). They used "Jim and K" as their spokes models. Jim is a local actor and high school principal and K (just "K") is a local actress. Food Lion used their president for a good while, but I can't reme...
by Dave
13 Feb 2006 18:45
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Supermarket "spokesmodels?"
Replies: 19
Views: 14433

Back in the WEO days (or was it after?), A&P used a couple of guys in their advertising named "Mr. Price" and "Mr. Pride". There was a former A&P in Richmond that was and is an independent market, and dring the time of "Mr. Price and "Mr. Pride", it was owned/managed by a man named Mr. Price in real...
by Dave
09 Feb 2006 13:28
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 83353

I've seen quite a few call centers and gyms in old grocery stores. The one that "spoke to me" today when I passed by is a former A&P that's now Harbor Freight Tools and an Off Track Betting parlor.