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Missoula, MT chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-59

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 15:52
by Andrew T.
This list is a short one: Missoula, MT chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-59.

I haven't actually been to Montana, but I feel compelled to cover this city for personal/familial reasons. (Which is the case for a lot of cities, actually...) What interesting things are to be gleaned here? Well, for starters...

* Missoula has a rather unusual street grid. There are numbered streets with geographical prefixes and suffixes (i.e., South 3rd Street West). The "north" and "south" streets are actually two completely disconnected sets of east-west streets, separated from each other with the Clark Fork River, downtown, and a bunch of railroad tracks in between! Elsewhere, oddities abound. I especially like the Rose Park neighbourhood, where the grid takes on a 45-degree tilt for no adequately explained reason:
* Safeway entered Missoula by 1930. Missoula's other "big" chain, Buttrey, entered the market in the 1950s by reoccupying a former Safeway store. Buttrey was eventually acquired by Jewel, which passed the division off to Albertsons...which eventually merged with Safeway! Funny how it all came full circle.

* A 1950s Safeway pylon store at 901 Brooks Street still stands intact...although the address of the building in question is now 1603. (The 800 block of that street is now followed by the 1600 block...remember what I said about the Missoula street grid having interesting oddities?)

* A late 1930s Safeway at 705 S. Higgins Ave. also still survives.

* A shopping centre anchored by Buttrey opened in the late 1950s at 2301 Brooks Street. An Albertsons still operates there today (though not in the same position as the Buttrey of yore).

* Incidentally, the Safeway brand disappeared from Missoula in 2015 after 85-plus years due to the Safebertsons merger. Safeway's last stores are now Missoula Fresh Markets under local ownership.

Re: Missoula, MT chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-59

Posted: 04 Aug 2018 12:16
by Groceteria
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