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by Dave
15 Feb 2007 07:45
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Burger Chef
Replies: 17
Views: 10993

For a while, it seemed like there were more surviving Burger Chef birdhouses than old Burger Chef buildings, at least around here. There was one strech of Hull Street Road, now developed with all of the usual retail suspects, where it appeared that the Burger Chef Birdhouse Man had visited every oth...
by Dave
15 Feb 2007 07:40
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Miscellaneous Drugstore Chain Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 18030

Soda fountains date back to the 20s and were largely gone by the early-to mid-70s... There are a handful of independent drugstores in Richmond and the immediate area that still have soda fountains. ...I've heard that People's still had a few in DC until a little later than that... When Peoples open...
by Dave
14 Feb 2007 07:25
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Miscellaneous Drugstore Chain Discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 18030

Ok, so the ones I remember the most are Dart and Drugfair. Dart had a long history, and was bought out in most locations by People's Drug, which also has a long history. And then CVS swooped in and bought everything out. I don't know as much about Drugfair. Looking at old newspaper ads it was more ...
by Dave
13 Feb 2007 16:39
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Downtown D.C.'s long-gone department stores
Replies: 3
Views: 5284

Re: Downtown D.C.'s long-gone department stores

DanniGirl wrote:...Woodward & Lothrop (Woodies) opened on F Street 1887...
Woodward & Lothrop actually left Washington for a few years in the late 19th century, moved to Richmond, then moved back.
by Dave
12 Feb 2007 13:16
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: History of Albertsons (pre ASC and SuperValu)
Replies: 6
Views: 4749

Steve Landry wrote:Very interesting site, mentioned above...............but lots of errors (at least from my point of reference and knowledge).

:)
And at least one stolen picture, from my point of reference and knowledge.
by Dave
12 Feb 2007 07:55
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Lucky Stores non-food chains before American Stores merger
Replies: 11
Views: 14031

.., I wasn't aware of the Hancock relationship... Well, I was confusing Piece Goods with Fabric Warehouse, but there was a connection. Sort of. Piece Goods filed Chapter 11 in 1993 and was reorganized as Silas Creek Retail in 1995. Silas Creek Retail bought Northwest Fabrics in 1996 and went into i...
by Dave
12 Feb 2007 01:00
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Lucky Stores non-food chains before American Stores merger
Replies: 11
Views: 14031

I know back in the 1970's, Hancock Fabrics traded as Piece Goods Shop. For some reason, I seem to remember that Piece Goods Shop was based in Winston-Salem.
by Dave
11 Feb 2007 08:36
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Musicland/Defunct Record Store Chains Other Than Tower
Replies: 39
Views: 42401

For some reason, I seem to recall that Peaches was originally out of Cincinnati. One of the local Peaches locations is still in operation as an independent music store, and it still seems to me to be a fairly large store - of course we thought it was huge when it originally opened back in the '70's....
by Dave
10 Feb 2007 15:20
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Western Auto
Replies: 15
Views: 17440

Actually, Western Auto is not really a department store, but more of a auto parts/hardware store. Didn't Western Autos have a mix of merchandise beyond the obvious auto parts? Kinda like a smaller version of what ended up happening with Canadian Tire... It all depended on the Western Auto store. So...
by Dave
08 Feb 2007 13:14
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 83361

Re: New Uses for Grocery Stores

...Does conversion to restaurants count? In my mind, no. There are scads of older stores in Richmond that are now restuarants, mostly predating the supermarket era. There are some supermarket spaces that have been subdivided into smaller spaces that might include a restaurant - and those aren't rea...
by Dave
07 Feb 2007 08:13
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Former Big Star/Colonial Locations Still Selling Groceries
Replies: 32
Views: 38416

For Richmond, we have: 5174 Nine Mile Road - Big Star, now Save-A-Lot 2201 Columbia (Bellemeade) Street - Colonial, now Gene's Supermarket 3522 W. Cary Street (Richmond S.C.) - Colonial, now Ukrop's The Carytown Ukrop's may be a newer build on the Colonial site, however. I don't recall if the old Co...
by Dave
07 Feb 2007 08:03
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 50776

There are at least three in Richmond; all have been altered to some degree: 1527 Parham Road (Ridge S.C.) - The Fresh Market 441 E. Belt Boulevard (Circle S.C.) - Save-A-Lot 2 N. Thompson Street (Richmond S.C.) - Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market The Thompson Street location was opened in 1959 and w...
by Dave
02 Feb 2007 07:46
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Vintage Supermarkets in Movies and TV (Old Ones Only Please)
Replies: 169
Views: 118469

Re: My Blue Heaven

...On the TV show MAMA'S FAMILY ...the character NAOMI (Dorothy Lyman) is a checker @ FOOD CIRCUS. It is obviously a set...yet, jokes often take place around Naomi's life @ FOOD CIRCUS. There was a local Food Circus chain in Richmond at one time. Life imitates art (or maybe vice versa; the Food Cir...
by Dave
30 Jan 2007 19:32
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 83361

Re: New Uses for Grocery Stores

Eeh, this doesn't seem to fit anywhere else...but... When I was home this past week for the holidays, I drove by the place where I had my first job: the Cub Foods on Johnson Ferry Road in Atlanta (East Cobb), Georgia. Sadly, this store, like the other Cubs in Atlanta, is no longer open. However, th...
by Dave
30 Jan 2007 10:46
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Paper or Plastic?
Replies: 24
Views: 12491

I remember "ice cream bags", which were insulated bags just big enough for a half-gallon "brick" of ice cream. I haven't seen those since the '70's I don't think.