Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

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Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by submariner » 24 Aug 2008 23:11

Since the closure of Farmer Jack, I visited three stores, representing the three fates.

One, in Allen Park, was closed. This is the store where I held my first job.

Second, in Taylor is representative of a sale into an independent grocer. This is the most complete set of pictures I have of the late 1990's A&P corporate decor.

Third, In western Woodhaven, is one of the stores sold to Kroger, who also kept the A&P package. Kroger is now the only national grocery store chain operating in Michigan.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssbn737rm/ ... 629407960/

Also I've uploaded a bunch more various Farmer Jack/A&P, Kroger, and Food Town photos. Enjoy!
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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by submariner » 27 Aug 2008 21:25

I've added another Farmer Jack-turned-Kroger... Interestingly, Kroger opted to use the alternate logo here, rather than the logo traditionally used.

This also features Farmer Jack's last interior decor package. Was this used by any of the other A&P banners, or was this specific to the chain?

http://flickr.com/photos/ssbn737rm/2803990313/
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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by Andrew T. » 27 Aug 2008 22:49

That "alternate" logo is obviously very reminiscent of Kroger's '70s superstore-era signage.

Although it fits better on a horizontally-elongated facade, I'm a bit surprised that they'd use such a sign on a new or newly-converted store: In the market area I'm most familiar with (West Virginia and western Virginia), they've gone to a lot of effort at replacing exterior signs that don't implement some form of a "curly K and g" logo.
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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by storewanderer » 28 Aug 2008 04:13

Is it possible that last Farmer Jack set you found was a store that was remodeled into a Food Basics, then converted back to Farmer Jack?

Kroger sure goes all out on these conversions.
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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by submariner » 28 Aug 2008 06:54

storewanderer wrote:Is it possible that last Farmer Jack set you found was a store that was remodeled into a Food Basics, then converted back to Farmer Jack?

Kroger sure goes all out on these conversions.
As far as I know, these remained Farmer Jack locations, since the shelving and checkout signs remained orange instead of green.
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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by robdude » 09 Sep 2008 13:09

Kroger put block letters on a number of the Farmer Jack conversions, for some reason only in Wayne and Oakland counties. Macomb didn't get any of these that I know of. There were already Kroger stores around here that had block letters, not with the curly K, predominantly in better areas like Troy and Bloomfield Township. The city of Grosse Pointe Kroger also has block letters with the name "Kroger Premier." The Sterling Heights Kroger at 15 Mile and Ryan (mentioned somewhere else on the board- it is the superstore-Great Scott-awning taken off and remodeled back into a superstore) also has block letters. (As an aside, that is the only center entrance superstore I have ever seen.) Speaking of signage, there is a superstore in Burton (E of Flint) that became a Kessel sometime in the 80s and is now once again a Kroger- it now has the curly K sign on front.

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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by TenPoundHammer » 26 Oct 2008 22:02

robdude wrote:Kroger put block letters on a number of the Farmer Jack conversions, for some reason only in Wayne and Oakland counties. Macomb didn't get any of these that I know of. There were already Kroger stores around here that had block letters, not with the curly K, predominantly in better areas like Troy and Bloomfield Township. The city of Grosse Pointe Kroger also has block letters with the name "Kroger Premier." The Sterling Heights Kroger at 15 Mile and Ryan (mentioned somewhere else on the board- it is the superstore-Great Scott-awning taken off and remodeled back into a superstore) also has block letters. (As an aside, that is the only center entrance superstore I have ever seen.) Speaking of signage, there is a superstore in Burton (E of Flint) that became a Kessel sometime in the 80s and is now once again a Kroger- it now has the curly K sign on front.
That particular location used to be a superstore with adjacent Rite Aid. They expanded it about 5 years ago into the old Rite Aid space IIRC. My aunt lives practically behind this store.

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Re: Farmer Jack: The Aftermath

Post by philside92 » 27 Oct 2008 18:56

when i started working for an a&p chain in 2005 they sent my first two checks to a farmer jack. when they cleaned out the stores someone finally found them at the bottom of a safe. i think they finally got them to me in november of 07.

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