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by Dave
14 Apr 2007 06:25
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Safeway in NC
Replies: 28
Views: 23198

I've been there a ton of times, both when it was a Safeway and under it's current incarnation as Seamark. The last time I visited was at the beginning of last May and I'll probably be there again around the first of May this year. I'm not the best judge of whether or not it retains it's original "Sa...
by Dave
30 Mar 2007 18:50
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Old Department Store Restaurants
Replies: 37
Views: 21431

The downtown Richmond Miller & Rhoads Tea Room was on the fifth floor, and one of the store elevators was a dedicated "Tea Room Express" - that elevator was manual and had it's own operator until the store closed. To me, that's an intersting subject in and of itself - manually operated elevators wit...
by Dave
29 Mar 2007 18:20
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Old Department Store Restaurants
Replies: 37
Views: 21431

...The Belk store in downtown Greensboro had no restaurant, but it did have a pass-through to the adjacent S&W Cafeteria. Both closed about 1975. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Belk (or Leggett) store in Roanoke VA may have had a similar set-up with its adjacent S&W. The Miller & Rhoads in Wi...
by Dave
29 Mar 2007 18:07
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Memco Store Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 11324

--Hyattsville, MD (Sargent & Riggs Road) --Baltimore (Rt. 40, but I'm sure there were others) --Suitland?, MD (across from Andrews AFB) --Fairfax? Annandale?, VA (Little River Turnpike & Braddock Road) --Reston, VA (Baron Cameron & Reston Avenues) I've found that North Carolina usually seems to be o...
by Dave
29 Mar 2007 07:33
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: Kmart Plaza Shopping Centers
Replies: 20
Views: 21318

The way that Kmarts were developed makes it hard to determine if some were really located in "shopping centers" at all. I know that some of the survivng Kmarts I'm familiar with have expanded into what was separate supermarket space or the adjacent space is vacant and apparently used for storage or ...
by Dave
29 Mar 2007 07:27
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Gemco/Memco
Replies: 9
Views: 8293

As suggested, I posted on the "Specific Locations" forum information on the two Memco locations in Richmond - both of which had grocery departments operated by Farm Fresh.
by Dave
29 Mar 2007 07:25
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Memco Store Locations
Replies: 10
Views: 11324

Memco Store Locations

There were two Memcos in Richmond, one on Midlothian Turnpike and one on West Broad Street (then called Broad Street Road). Both were bought from Wards Corporation (now Circuit City) in 1975. Wards had operated The Carousel discount stores at the locations; the Midlothian Pike store being opened in ...
by Dave
28 Mar 2007 16:23
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: Kmart Plaza Shopping Centers
Replies: 20
Views: 21318

In some recent research, I uncovered that every Kmart in Greensboro NC through about 1980 was considered to be part of a "Kmart Plaza", from the standalone 1967 store with an attached Kmart Foods, to a 1976 strip center with a few other adjacent stores including a (non-Kmart) supermarket. When I th...
by Dave
27 Mar 2007 13:37
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Turns out it was a Colonial after all...
Replies: 3
Views: 4464

Very nice photos. Thanks. Cool. Now I have a better idea of what the Barracks Road Colonial looked like when it opened here in Charlottesville. It's a Kroger now, just renovated. I think you mentioned this store in another thread as well. Was it one of the stores Kroger took over from Harris Teeter...
by Dave
17 Mar 2007 20:51
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: McDaniel's Markets in Socal
Replies: 13
Views: 9946

runchadrun wrote:Here is a artist's rendering of the Oxnard store:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044367.jpg
I see that they ended up painting the pylon beige rather than the plaid shown in the rendering. Probably had problems finding plaid paint. :)
by Dave
16 Mar 2007 21:48
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Supermarkets in Popular Music
Replies: 9
Views: 7981

Supermarkets in Popular Music

I somehow doubt that there are quite as many references to supermarkets in popular music as there are in the movies and television, but I thought it might make for an interesting topic. I'll start off with "Billy the Mountain" by The Mothers of Invention ("Just Another Band from L.A.", recorded live...
by Dave
12 Mar 2007 17:04
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: The first store that got me interested in old supermarkets
Replies: 27
Views: 27865

I've always liked old stuff. I don't really have a "first" store, because, really, there weren't that many "old" supermarkets when I was growing up, when compared with the other "old stuff" around town. Supermarkets were only 20-30 years old at most, and other things in Richmond are plenty older tha...
by Dave
06 Mar 2007 14:53
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 3215 Williamson Road NW, Roanoke VA
Replies: 17
Views: 16078

Here's a link to the Salem real estate data:
http://salem.gisbrowser.com/viewer.htm

Remember that Salem and Roanoke are independent cities with their own assessment data - and Roanoke County is different as well.
by Dave
06 Mar 2007 07:31
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 3215 Williamson Road NW, Roanoke VA
Replies: 17
Views: 16078

The assessment property card says that the building was constructed in 1948.

I'm pretty sure Safeway wasn't in Roanoke.
by Dave
06 Mar 2007 07:12
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Roanoke VA
Replies: 10
Views: 8715

...Norfolk's a really beautiful city with a nice layer of "grit". I think it will be an interesting study because it's a different type of city physically from most of those farther south: more industrial and classically "old urban" in appearance. I think its 1930s and 1940s streetcar strip stores ...