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by BillyGr
21 Nov 2019 20:46
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway Grand Opening-Photo-Unknown Date & Location
Replies: 11
Views: 6832

Re: Safeway Grand Opening-Photo-Unknown Date & Location

Nice find. I have to wonder though why so many furniture stores feel the need to remove so many fluorescent tubes. It's the little things like that which makes stores look more tired than they really are. Good question, although it didn't look that dark without them - maybe they just don't need as ...
by BillyGr
21 Nov 2019 20:40
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Old-School Supermarket Meat Departments
Replies: 3
Views: 2121

Re: Old-School Supermarket Meat Departments

Another factor is that meat departments have to maintain a cooler temperature and have refrigeration equipment running constantly. There is probably some cost savings with a solid insulated wall versus windows which do not insulate as well. I am not sure if this is a significant difference. Visible...
by BillyGr
20 Aug 2019 16:50
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 16
Views: 14312

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

I imagine that this older Superstore at Raleigh Mall (that opened in July 1974, by the way) closed when the ex-Food 4 Less Kroger opened: After all, the two sites are less than a mile apart! Yet, both addresses are listed as Kroger in 2000...most likely a directory publisher's oversight. Might it n...
by BillyGr
05 Aug 2019 20:40
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI
Replies: 4
Views: 2544

Re: Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI

Although it's always hard to rule out something unusual having happened in this particular area. The reasoning being due to a small town in this area, in which Grand Union built a new store in the 1990's (about 1994) that was under 25,000 Sq. Ft. in size (was even less in the original plan, then the...
by BillyGr
08 Jul 2019 19:08
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 4402

Re: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Looks similar to A&P's Futurestore design. The Loblaws prototype has less glass and a much bigger footprint, but yeah, there are some similarities. I did notice that it didn't have the glass in the front (but wasn't certain if that was original or had been removed at some point). Didn't notice the ...
by BillyGr
08 Jul 2019 16:04
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 4402

Re: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Andrew T. wrote:
07 Jul 2019 10:47
Like a store in London that dated to the same era, the 1980s Loblaws Superstore at 295 Wellington Street had a slanted front. The building has been reoccupied by Home Hardware/Home Furniture, but the unusual facade is still intact:
Looks similar to A&P's Futurestore design.
by BillyGr
01 Jan 2019 13:15
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969
Replies: 8
Views: 7013

Re: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969

And also (both from the book, and as Steve mentioned above) the first was with Publix in Florida. They had been working with another chain and that group sold out to a larger company that the Publix management didn't like. Therefore, they got in touch with Eckerd to offer him 5 locations (and as he ...
by BillyGr
23 Dec 2018 14:16
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969
Replies: 8
Views: 7013

Re: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969

It appears to be a separate company from what we normally think of as Eckerd Drugstores) run by Jack. In the Eckerd book (not sure if you have the same one), page 52 says "I travelled to California for a second time, to gather more information, >>again taking with me Ed O'Herron, my nephew who was i...
by BillyGr
06 Nov 2018 14:50
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Replies: 15
Views: 14465

Re: Fredericksburg, Virginia

At least in DC proper, some 40s stores made it into the 80s. They seem to have had waves of store closings in the mid-80s and early 90s. I saw the 90s closings--marinas and pylons. Some of the 80s closures were identified as such and were being considered for redevelopment--two were near stops soon...
by BillyGr
23 Sep 2018 15:29
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Dairy Queen Through the Years
Replies: 15
Views: 16151

Re: Dairy Queen Through the Years

I need to hit up Dairy Queen again some time ago just about all of them closed, now one just opened up in Colonie.. I went there once. About the only one around (aside from the small spot that was in Crossgates for a time - not sure if that is still there at all, or just Orange Julius) for many yea...
by BillyGr
17 Sep 2018 19:03
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: NEW: Vancouver and Victoria BC
Replies: 4
Views: 5091

Re: NEW: Vancouver and Victoria BC

It's also interesting that they tested their Pay'n Takit format in Vancouver as well. I've never completely understood how that format differed from the main Safeway brand, though I know they acquired the name from a chain they bought out, maybe in Arizona. The brand then popped up in random places...
by BillyGr
03 Sep 2018 11:09
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 16
Views: 14312

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

Another one of Beckley's thoroughfares is named Eisenhower Drive. When I lived in the area, I assumed that it had been renamed in commemoration of Ike after 1969...but it turns out that the street had been named by 1948! And it was a newly-constructed bypass, so it never was called anything else. I...
by BillyGr
15 Aug 2018 15:50
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?
Replies: 12
Views: 11120

Re: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?

Non-grocery: But the K-Mart in Hamilton (still open) also has old looking signage on it, nothing I've ever seen on the East Coast. https://goo.gl/maps/eqZi2b7kaom Looks like their (I'd say) 70's style (with the large red K and smaller blue-green mart). Many stores had a similar setup on their roads...
by BillyGr
24 Jun 2018 12:24
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery stores - 2609 E. 7th & 1701 S. Main, Joplin MO
Replies: 7
Views: 6667

Re: Mystery stores - 2609 E. 7th & 1701 S. Main, Joplin MO

Perhaps (looking at the info you have posted) the reason for the IGA and Piggly Wiggly both being in the ad is that this new group (Milgram), since they were taking over 6 different stores, some of the stores were running under one name and the rest under the other? It would sound logical with the t...
by BillyGr
08 Jun 2018 16:03
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)
Replies: 8
Views: 11267

Re: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)

* A&P consolidated 5 stores into 1 between 1935 and 1941! Probably quite similar in many locations - as they were converting the small stores into early supermarkets they went from somewhere around 15,000 stores (nationwide) to around 3,500. Most likely the only reason it's not more exact (5 into 1...