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Former Kroger building, now a Toyota Dealership

Post by epickles » 21 Oct 2006 17:58

Here is a link to a former Kroger store what has been renovated into "The world's largest Toyota Dealership". On the link to the dealership, the picture on the front of it is the former store. The white section which says Toyota used to be the "greenhouse" area of the Kroger. This Kroger store was opened around 1987, and was one of the very first store to be an enlarged supermarket in the Cincinnati area. The front of it touted the "Store of the 90's" sign in a script out front, later changed to "Future Store" and later removed completely.

I've also included a Google Maps link which has the store when it was a Kroger...

http://www.kingstoyotascion.com/Default.aspx

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4700+Fiel ... 1&t=h&om=1

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Re: Former Kroger building, now a Toyota Dealership

Post by Jeff » 21 Oct 2006 18:32

epickles wrote:Here is a link to a former Kroger store what has been renovated into "The world's largest Toyota Dealership". On the link to the dealership, the picture on the front of it is the former store. The white section which says Toyota used to be the "greenhouse" area of the Kroger. This Kroger store was opened around 1987, and was one of the very first store to be an enlarged supermarket in the Cincinnati area. The front of it touted the "Store of the 90's" sign in a script out front, later changed to "Future Store" and later removed completely.

I've also included a Google Maps link which has the store when it was a Kroger...

http://www.kingstoyotascion.com/Default.aspx

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4700+Fiel ... 1&t=h&om=1
Here is a link to the Worlds Largest Toyota Dealer. It used to be a MALL. It was anchored by Sears, but had a large Smiths Food King on the east end of the mall, in the corner where the Starbucks is now located.

http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2& ... ne=6937399

BTW, all the new cars not in the lot are in that parking structure.

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Post by epickles » 21 Oct 2006 19:00

Well, I guess they all want to be the biggest!! :)

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Re: Former Kroger building, now a Toyota Dealership

Post by tesg » 21 Oct 2006 20:56

Jeff wrote:Here is a link to the Worlds Largest Toyota Dealer. It used to be a MALL. It was anchored by Sears, but had a large Smiths Food King on the east end of the mall, in the corner where the Starbucks is now located.
For those curious, it's Penske-owned Longo Toyota in Los Angeles.

http://www.longotoyota.com

3,000 cars in stock. That's just INSANE.

I just want to tour the facility.

(Sorry for moving off topic, but I'm just blown away by this place.)

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Post by rich » 22 Oct 2006 12:11

It's near some other enormous car dealerships on the I-10 freeway near the 610 freeway. Basically, it's just a giant parking lot. In context, it's just part of continuous, suburban sprawl.

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Post by TheStranger » 23 Oct 2006 12:50

Here's a 1962 marina Safeway in Clearlake, I think in California (that's the only Clearlake I can think of), now being converted into a city hall.

http://www.dlm.com/clearlake.html

Note the uneven sizing of the marina wings:

http://www.dlm.com/images/clearlake.jpg

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More former Safeways...one in Washington, DC, a gable that is now a church:
http://www.cityfirstbank.com/church.html
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.qgg ... d%20States___

Another church, in Kansas City, KS:
http://www.bonnersprings.com/section/ob ... story/4787
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.qhp ... d%20States___

And a marina in Larkspur, CA that is now medical offices.
http://www.warehamdevelopment.com/prope ... on_air.htm

1964 marina Safeway in Red Bluff, CA now serving as the Tehama County Library...
http://www.corning.org/library.html
http://www.corning.org/images/tehama_library.jpg
Per a search of the Tehama County Library website, the blueprints for that store (at Oak and Madison) are available there. Prototype looks very much like the Kelso, WA store, or the current Tognotti's in Sacramento.

This is mentioned on DCGrocery, the 4975 Columbia Pike location in Arlington...a marina converted to the "Arlington Mill School":
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_h ... i_n8546737
http://groups.msn.com/dcgrocery/safeway ... hotoID=135
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.qg8 ... d%20States___

Former Safeway in Alameda, CA, now serving as a West Marine boating equipment shop:
http://euthymia.livejournal.com/26949.html
Alameda once had at least two Safeways, as the West Marine at Constitution Way is a deconsecrated Safeway, one of the many East Bay Safeways that closed in the '80's.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... iwloc=addr

a marina in Sunnyvale now being used as Michael's:
http://www.girlhacker.com/2002_11_01_ar ... l#85695178
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.q6v ... d%20States___
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Post by Dean » 13 Jan 2007 03:43

In San Bernardino CA...there are two (2) former SAFEWAY locations that are used for other purposes. One (1), off Highland Avenue is a surgery center. The other is a church (near Arden area).

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Post by Dave » 13 Jan 2007 09:59

There were two Giant Open Air locations in Richmond in the 1970's (Giant Open Air was a Norfolk-based chain later acquired by Farm Fresh). Both stores were pretty large (like cloes to 100,000 sf); the one in the West End became the vehicle maintenance garage for Thalhimers department stores and is now an indoor baseball training facility. The one on Midlothian Turnpike became a Nissan dealership and is now a large meeting hall for the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Post by TheStranger » 13 Jan 2007 14:40

Dean wrote:In San Bernardino CA...there are two (2) former SAFEWAY locations that are used for other purposes. One (1), off Highland Avenue is a surgery center. The other is a church (near Arden area).
I've posted photos of that church before, it's an ex-Safeway in the marina style at 3030 Del Rosa:

http://www.iglesia-dios.org/galeria/san ... humbs1.htm

Another marina church can be found in Inglewood at 8469 Crenshaw.
http://www.laforum.org/images/issue7-he ... enshaw.jpg
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Post by Dean » 15 Jan 2007 13:15

TheStranger wrote:
Dean wrote:In San Bernardino CA...there are two (2) former SAFEWAY locations that are used for other purposes. One (1), off Highland Avenue is a surgery center. The other is a church (near Arden area).
Si, that is the one! There is also a former Marina store off the 10 in Fontana/Colton area. It is a furniture store.

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Post by TheStranger » 16 Jan 2007 06:07

Dean wrote:
Si, that is the one! There is also a former Marina store off the 10 in Fontana/Colton area. It is a furniture store.
Is that the one in the community of Bloomington? That's at Valley and Linden...
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Post by Dean » 16 Jan 2007 11:01

TheStranger wrote:
Dean wrote:
Si, that is the one! There is also a former Marina store off the 10 in Fontana/Colton area. It is a furniture store.
Is that the one in the community of Bloomington? That's at Valley and Linden...
Yes, that is the site. The center is currently pretty run down.

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Post by TheStranger » 17 Jan 2007 05:23

Dean wrote:
TheStranger wrote: Is that the one in the community of Bloomington? That's at Valley and Linden...
Yes, that is the site. The center is currently pretty run down.
I'm curious if you can get any shots of that spot, since I've only seen it in overhead photos on Live Local...

That reminds me, the marina Safeway in Daly City that was demolished in 2001, that was a furniture store for a while after having been a liquor place (I THINK it was an Ernie's Liquors).
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Post by Dean » 17 Jan 2007 10:56

TheStranger wrote:
Dean wrote:
TheStranger wrote: Is that the one in the community of Bloomington? That's at Valley and Linden...
Yes, that is the site. The center is currently pretty run down.
I'm curious if you can get any shots of that spot, since I've only seen it in overhead photos on Live Local...

That reminds me, the marina Safeway in Daly City that was demolished in 2001, that was a furniture store for a while after having been a liquor place (I THINK it was an Ernie's Liquors).
Will try to get the shot! I drove by the site yesterday...as I travelled the 10.

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Post by reymann » 30 Jan 2007 18:19

In Fresno:

A furniture store is at a former Vons on Shaw & Marks
DD's Discounts at a former Vons on Kings Canyon & Clovis
DD's Discounts at a former Save Mart on First & McKinley
Rite-Aid at a former Save Mart on Palm & Bullard
Marshalls at a former Safeway on Shaw & Clovis

Lately Fiesta Foods has opened up at a former Vons on First & Tulare and Vallarta has opened at former Save Mart on Chestnut & Butler and is planning another store at a former Vons on Cedar & Dakota.

Even hispanic food stores are taking space in former grocery stores in Fresno not to get too far off.

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