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Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 07 Sep 2008 21:21
by luckysaver
At one point back in 2006, the corner of Garey Ave and Philadelphia Street/Rio Rancho Road in south Pomona (just north of the 60/71 Freeways) had 3 supermarkets. On the northeast corner is Food4Less Carniceria (Ralphs/Kroger, still operating), on the northwest next to Rite Aid is Cardenas (still operating), and on the southwest was Market Bonanza (closed in 2006, razed June 2008).

What is the history of these three sites (previous grocery operators)? Is it true that Market Bonanza was a 1940's/50's era Alpha Beta? (When I search the Alpha Beta locations in Pomona on LATimes Archives, the Willow St location usually shows up (across from Pomona Valley Hospital near the 10 Freeway, now Smart & Final/CVS Pharmacy).

luckysaver

ps
According to the City of Pomona, Market Bonanza and its adjacent shopping strip was razed to make room for a school, possibly the expansion of Garey Village 9th Grade High School or some other school to be operated by the Pomona Unified School District, which is about a block away.

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 08 Sep 2008 14:52
by Jeff
The Cardenas was a former Price Club / Price Costco store. Most of the location is an indoor swap meet. This Price-Costco closed and moved when a larger facility opened in the mid 90's just south of the 60 on Peyton Dr in Chino Hills.

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 09 Sep 2008 15:50
by runchadrun
The Market Bonanza is a former Alpha Beta. I found it listed in several ads from 1961 and 1962.

2090 S. Garey, which is now Food4Less, was a Pier 1 as of 1969 and it appeared in Pier 1 ads until 1975.

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 09 Sep 2008 17:27
by luckysaver
Chad,

I've seen the old Pier 1 ads in the Times Archives when I searched the F4L address. That address referred to 2090 North Garey Ave Pomona, which is somewhere between I-10 and Foothill Blvd. (1700 block is the hospital). 2090 South Garey is at Philadelphia St near 60/71, where Food4Less now faces Cardenas.

luckysaver

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 00:09
by runchadrun
luckysaver wrote:That address referred to 2090 North Garey Ave Pomona, which is somewhere between I-10 and Foothill Blvd. (1700 block is the hospital).luckysaver
Gotcha. The north address comes up as M&I Surplus but it also has the distinct look of a former supermarket. In 1956 a Walker's Market opened at the intersection of Garey and La Verne on a 6-acre site so that could very possibly be the Pier 1.

How strange to have markets at the same address on both the north and south parts of a street.

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 21 Aug 2010 11:28
by scanman2
I was thinking that was the Old Alpha Beta #1 I have seen referenced to in Pomona?

Re: Market Bonanza, Pomona CA

Posted: 19 Jan 2011 01:21
by luckysaver
Old AB 1 is somewhere near Western University of Health Sciences (former eastern block of the 1950's era Pomona Mall) in the historic downtown section of Pomona. In the ancient days of grocery retailing in Southern California, the shops were simply small corner stores of existing multi-use buildings and the old photos portrayed a U shape counter with some of the merchandise in the back shelves and maybe a few carts of self-serve items. Customers generally asked the shopkeeper/clerk (called the Grocer) for the items. Self-serve markets (and the evolution of the modern supermarket) came sometime in the late 1920's.

Later incarnations of Alpha Beta within the City of Pomona included the Bonanza site, the current Smart & Final/CVS across from Pomona Valley Hospital, and the current Jimenez Ranch Market on Indian Hill Blvd.

luckysaver