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NEW: Trenton NJ, 1925-2005

Posted: 08 Mar 2019 20:47
by Groceteria
Trenton is pretty bleak by most measures. I believe there is currently not a single full-service chain supermarket located within the city limits, and this is for a city of 84,000 people. There is an interesting history, though:

http://www.groceteria.com/place/us-new-jersey/trenton/

Particularly interesting are two still-standing Food Fair locations from the 1940s:

208 Chambers St and 1055 Brunswick Av.

Re: NEW: Trenton NJ, 1925-2005

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 11:13
by TW-Upstate NY
Groceteria wrote:
08 Mar 2019 20:47
Particularly interesting are two still-standing Food Fair locations from the 1940s:

208 Chambers St and 1055 Brunswick Av.
And both very easily identified with "FF" still prominently displayed on each building.

Re: NEW: Trenton NJ, 1925-2005

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 11:21
by Groceteria
TW-Upstate NY wrote:
09 Mar 2019 11:13
And both very easily identified with "FF" still prominently displayed on each building.
That helped :)

Re: NEW: Trenton NJ, 1925-2005

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 12:18
by Andrew T.
The 1940s Food Fairs are absolutely fantastic, and the trek into New Jersey was well worth it for those alone!

There isn't much else to see, though. There appears to have been a fair amount of demolition in the city; few to none of the early freestanding A&P supermarkets seem to survive in recognizable shape. And the level of chain disinvestment affecting the city from the 1960s on is absolutely striking to behold.

Re: NEW: Trenton NJ, 1925-2005

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 12:32
by Steve Landry
Awesome find David!!

Those were the art deco days in Food Fair architecture.

Lots of customers were calling them "Fabulous Food Fair"!

:-)