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by BillyGr
16 Oct 2017 09:00
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: UPC codes & grocery scanning
Replies: 87
Views: 69591

Re: UPC codes & grocery scanning

Before there were UPC codes and scanners there was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJCj87WxIec Hard to believe now on so many different levels. One thing they need to bring back is that lesson about packing the items - so much of the issue with plastic bags is that you wind up with far more o...
by BillyGr
28 Aug 2017 11:04
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Rotating Kmart road signs
Replies: 5
Views: 4624

Re: Rotating Kmart road signs

Can't say I ever saw one that turned like that, but one would suspect it wouldn't take too much to fix it so it couldn't do that (say if the rules in a given area changed and no longer allowed it). So it's very possible that many of that style did at one point move and then were converted/fixed (or ...
by BillyGr
20 Jul 2017 08:23
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 22
Views: 16548

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

If memory serves, that Saratoga location was actually a replacement store for one located in a shopping plaza on the other end of the city. I believe the original site was the plaza on Route 50 (after it splits from Route 9 heading south and is called Ballston Avenue) that now houses a Price Choppe...
by BillyGr
28 Jun 2017 15:33
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 22
Views: 16548

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

this is around the time that the store in Glenville NY closed which ironically became a Target just like the Amsterdam Location then there is also the Latham store which still stands to this day Although Latham was much more recent (and at the same time as East Greenbush and Clifton Park - all of w...
by BillyGr
01 Jun 2017 20:48
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA
Replies: 8
Views: 6380

Re: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA

Any hint as to what they sell (in terms of a "store brand"), if any? If they are supplied by one of the larger groups (like IGA, SuperValu or similar) perhaps it's a décor they had available for stores that dealt with them to get for the store, either at the time it opened or became this store? Of c...
by BillyGr
13 May 2017 13:11
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Reset conversions vs. Rebrand conversions
Replies: 5
Views: 4695

Re: Reset conversions vs. Rebrand conversions

One odd exception to the Albertsons "resets" would be the former A&P in Boonton, NJ that is now an Acme. Unlike the rest of the A&P brands/Acme stores, this store was originally going to close, and was just a day or two from finishing it's going out of business sales when Acme decided to pick it up....
by BillyGr
31 Mar 2017 13:20
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?
Replies: 5
Views: 4588

Re: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?

Just because I love being right... I just happened to see what I realized was the SAME A&P on an episode of "Naked City" from 1960. I identified it by the women's clothing store a couple of doors down. This time I saw enough of the sign that I could look that clothing store up in an old phone book,...
by BillyGr
15 Feb 2017 17:36
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished
Replies: 8
Views: 5970

Re: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished

It sounds like this site has been abandoned longer than it was occupied. That is certainly true of the Gloversville Loblaws which opened sometime in the mid 50's and closed in February of 1975 when they moved to a new store downtown. That building stood vacant for OVER 40 years-WOW! And one of the ...
by BillyGr
14 Feb 2017 18:31
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished
Replies: 8
Views: 5970

Re: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished

So, what other long abandoned stores are there in the greater area to target for 2018 demolition? ;)

After the Loblaw's about 15 months ago (in Johnstown), then this one, what gets to be Part III?
by BillyGr
31 Jan 2017 23:04
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Iconic Store Designs
Replies: 19
Views: 10561

Re: Iconic Store Designs

I think the next style (which would probably be into the 1980's, since this was almost up to 1980) would be the "arched window" design? GU also used this design on their Big Star stores in the south. Makes sense that they would use a similar design, as we have seen other chains do with subsidiary p...
by BillyGr
30 Jan 2017 22:45
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Iconic Store Designs
Replies: 19
Views: 10561

Re: Iconic Store Designs

As for the later Grand Union you pictured, that is exactly the design I had in mind. The Milford, PA store was of that type. Do you know what the Milford store is today? I know it survived with the Grand Union name until at least 2010. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Key+Food/@41.326717,-74.81322...
by BillyGr
30 Jan 2017 21:33
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Iconic Store Designs
Replies: 19
Views: 10561

Re: Iconic Store Designs

Here are unique designs by chain: Grand Union "60's shingle facade" stores... there also was a notable Grand Union facade design that I think was used in the late 70's and early 80's, but unfortunately I don't know its official name or timeline This one was built in 1977 - not sure if that is still...
by BillyGr
04 Nov 2016 16:02
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: 11535

Re: A&P's closures and market withdrawals of the late 1970s and early 1980s

Only in the past three years or so has Jo-Ann made an effort to replace the signs at older stores so that all the stores have the same logo, even though the current logo has been in use since at least the late 90's. So in the past few years, it's gotten harder to tell which stores were acquired fro...
by BillyGr
31 Oct 2016 12:20
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P stores in Maine in 1990s
Replies: 1
Views: 3181

Re: A&P stores in Maine in 1990s

I do not know, but certainly a possibility, especially in one of the smaller towns. After all, we had one location here in NY until 1997 (in an area where most had closed a decade plus earlier) and a couple in the northern part of the state held on even longer.
by BillyGr
24 Sep 2016 14:23
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: 11535

Re: A&P's closures and market withdrawals of the late 1970s and early 1980s

Don't forget the store in Margaretville which actually hung on until only a few years ago. And yes I believe 1981 was really the last huge purge before things quieted down for a while because I recall the Gloversville store staying open until almost the end of that year which ended their presence l...