Intriguing SoCal chain: Superior Super Warehouse

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Intriguing SoCal chain: Superior Super Warehouse

Post by TheStranger » 16 Oct 2006 20:15

After looking up the old Chino Pak N Save and finding out it was Superior Super Warehouse, I decided to poke around a bit in Live Local and get some birdseye overheads of these stores, some of which are castoffs from the big chains.

10211 S. Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90003
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnq ... d%20States___

7316 S. Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001 (false-front curved roof)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnw ... d%20States___

3831 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Century Blvd), Lynwood, CA 90262
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnn ... d%20States___

South side of that street has an intriguing building on there...

1954 N. Durfee Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp6 ... d%20States___

7300 Atlantic Ave, Cudahy, CA 90201
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnv ... d%20States___

1201 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp1 ... d%20States___

6010 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255 (front looks intriguingly like the old Lucky/Albertsons at Alemany Boulevard in SF)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pny ... d%20States___

8811 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047
http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2& ... ene=886822

1710 S. Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92707
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pmm ... d%20States___

1720 E. 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pms ... d%20States___

9801 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pq7 ... d%20States___

111 W. Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90220 (intriguing Circuit City-like building on the other side of the street)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.png ... d%20States___

3600 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. (Brooklyn Avenue), Los Angeles, CA 90063
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp6 ... d%20States___

151 S. Hacienda Blvd, City of Industry (Hacienda Heights), CA 91744
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp3 ... d%20States___

1375 N. Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91722
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pph ... d%20States___

5824 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044 (wonder about the large vacancy in same center)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pny ... d%20States___

1033 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90813
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pmw ... d%20States___

6140 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606, north shot (from when the store was Vons) is older than east shot
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.ppx ... d%20States___

5450 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805 (east view shows it in former incarnation as KMart, while north view shows facade fixtures from Superior)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pn8 ... d%20States___

815 W. Holt Blvd., Ontario, CA 91762 (south view shows a demolished site, while east view shorts new store)
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp9 ... d%20States___

151 W. Base Line, Rialto, CA 92376, across the street from ex-AB Albertsons
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.ppm ... d%20States___

Down the street is a one-time Pic N Save that looks like it was something else beforehand, possible a Safeway gable...
http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2& ... ene=718888

16055 Foothill Blvd, Fontana, CA 92335 - photos are from when it was Albertsons
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pph ... d%20States___

11202 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90303 - in same shopping center as former Thrifty, now Rite Aid
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnn ... d%20States___

3129 Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pp3 ... d%20States___

12375 Central, Chino - see Pak N Save thread

1130 W. 6th St, Corona, CA 92282, photo taken when it was Vons
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.pnc ... d%20States___

23857 Sunnymead Blvd (former US 60), Moreno Valley, CA, 92553, slated to become Superior this month (no LL birdseye shot, so googlemaps overhead instead)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 9&t=k&om=1

14433 Ramona Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 - was Albertsons when the photo was taken, slated to become Superior this month
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.ppf ... d%20States___

133 West Avenue 45, Los Angeles, CA 90065, slated to become Superior this month - wavy front awning, former Safeway/Vons?
http://local.live.com/?v=2&sp=Point.ppg ... d%20States___
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Post by greebs » 17 Oct 2006 00:15

133 West Avenue 45, Los Angeles-Shoppers Market-Lucky
7316 S. Compton Ave, Los Angeles-Food Giant
5824 S. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles-Boys Market (Zodys became Kmart, Sav-on now CVS in same shopping center)
151 S. Hacienda Blvd, City of Industry-Zodys-HomeBase-?
1201 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello-Tianguis
3600 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. (Brooklyn Avenue), Los Angeles-Lucky

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Post by Jeff » 17 Oct 2006 01:40

Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.

The one on Ave 45 was a Lucky, and Albertsons that closed last year. They are working to save the architecture:
http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic ... 50384a54f5
(close up pictures taken down however)


3600 Cesar Chavez was a Safeway. In fact, a Marina Safeway (look at the pictures and you can see the slight curvature of the roof).
This was a Tianguis in 86 then Vons when Tianguis was folded. It closed in the mid 90's.

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Post by TheStranger » 17 Oct 2006 02:05

Jeff wrote:
3600 Cesar Chavez was a Safeway. In fact, a Marina Safeway (look at the pictures and you can see the slight curvature of the roof).
This was a Tianguis in 86 then Vons when Tianguis was folded. It closed in the mid 90's.
Here's a confirmation, from a labor movement website, that that was a Safeway:

http://www.farmworkermovement.org/essay ... Andres.pdf
We boycotted many markets in East L.A. such as Safeway on Fourth and Soto streets and at Rowan Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez (formerly Brooklyn Avenue).
I have to admit, Superior's false front really (unfortunately) did much to make it hard to discern the original marina look of the building.
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Post by Jeff » 17 Oct 2006 10:35

Actually, the building was remodeled with the fake front when Tianguis opened. So its been hidden for years. Superior has no ceiling tiles in most locations, so I wonder if they have the marina ceiling visible. I should stop by.

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Post by runchadrun » 17 Oct 2006 11:01

Jeff beat me to the punch on the lottaliving discussion on the Highland Park store. :)

The North Hollywood store is a former Safeway, which I would think replaced the store on Victory that was mentioned on another thread. Later it was pretty much the only Vons in that part of the Valley.

And the Chino store was a Gemco before it went through the progression of different Vons/Safeway formats. My ex-mother-in-law picked a kitten out of a box from in front of it when it was a Vons in 1991 and I still have that kitty today :)

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Post by TheStranger » 17 Oct 2006 15:38

Jeff wrote:Actually, the building was remodeled with the fake front when Tianguis opened. So its been hidden for years. Superior has no ceiling tiles in most locations, so I wonder if they have the marina ceiling visible. I should stop by.
Ah, I see - is this a winged, or rarer wingless marina? The overhead shot (with the false front) doesn't make it particularly obvious...
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Post by Jeff » 17 Oct 2006 19:34

I walked in coming home from jury duty....and its not a Marina, but a Gable store. You can clearly see the gable with low roofed wings. For a Superior, it was relatively small, about the size of a regular Vons store. The beams are exposed and sunlights installed in the roof for more natural light.

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Superior-Covina

Post by J-Man » 18 Oct 2006 00:39

Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.
Are you sure about that? The only Smith's I remember in Covina was the one on Azusa Ave. that became an Albertson's. I think the Superior store in Covina opened as one of those large Lucky/Sav-On combination stores (like the one in Pomona on Foothill and Garey) and was closed after the Albertson's takeover.

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Post by klkla » 18 Oct 2006 00:46

runchadrun wrote:
The North Hollywood store is a former Safeway, which I would think replaced the store on Victory that was mentioned on another thread. Later it was pretty much the only Vons in that part of the Valley.
RE: The North Hollywood store...

The Drug Emporium in that shopping center was a Safeway. There was also a Thriftimart in that center. Safeway bought the Thriftimart and closed their own store, converting the Thriftimart into a Safeway which of course later became a Vons. Vons did a full interior and exterior remodel of the site and then closed it.

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Re: Superior-Covina

Post by klkla » 18 Oct 2006 00:54

J-Man wrote:
Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.
Are you sure about that? The only Smith's I remember in Covina was the one on Azusa Ave. that became an Albertson's. I think the Superior store in Covina opened as one of those large Lucky/Sav-On combination stores (like the one in Pomona on Foothill and Garey) and was closed after the Albertson's takeover.
It may have been a Smith's from the Smith's Food King days, not the second time they came back with the big stores. This property was one of the stores Albertson's was forced to divest when they merged with Lucky and was intitially sold to Certified Grocers of California (now Unified Grocers) which sold it to Superior (and is currently their supplier).

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Re: Superior-Covina

Post by Jeff » 18 Oct 2006 00:59

J-Man wrote:
Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.
Are you sure about that? The only Smith's I remember in Covina was the one on Azusa Ave. that became an Albertson's. I think the Superior store in Covina opened as one of those large Lucky/Sav-On combination stores (like the one in Pomona on Foothill and Garey) and was closed after the Albertson's takeover.
No, I'm wrong. It was a new Lucky build. I'm retarded.

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Post by TheStranger » 18 Oct 2006 02:31

Speaking of Tianguis...here's a snippet of an article about it, from the time of the Safeway pullout in SoCal:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/ ... _n15134038

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I wonder if this closed Vons in Moreno Valley is the site of the upcoming Superior...

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v398/ ... s10026.jpg
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Re: Superior-Covina

Post by WhenenRome » 28 Oct 2006 17:28

Jeff wrote:
J-Man wrote:
(Citrus Ave. @ Arrow Hwy. in) Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.
Are you sure about that? The only Smith's I remember in Covina was the one on Azusa Ave. that became an Albertson's. I think the Superior store in Covina opened as one of those large Lucky/Sav-On combination stores (like the one in Pomona on Foothill and Garey) and was closed after the Albertson's takeover.
No, I'm wrong. It was a new Lucky build. I'm retarded.
Actually, you're right in the sense that at one time there was a Smith's Food King at that corner. But it was, of course, in a different structure and I recall it facing Citrus Ave, whereas the newer Lucky / Superior storefront faces Arrow Hwy.

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Re: Superior-Covina

Post by WhenenRome » 28 Oct 2006 17:34

klkla wrote:
J-Man wrote:
Covina used to be a Smith's market, later Lucky's that closed when they were bought by Albertsons.
Are you sure about that? The only Smith's I remember in Covina was the one on Azusa Ave. that became an Albertson's. I think the Superior store in Covina opened as one of those large Lucky/Sav-On combination stores (like the one in Pomona on Foothill and Garey) and was closed after the Albertson's takeover.
It may have been a Smith's from the Smith's Food King days, not the second time they came back with the big stores. This property was one of the stores Albertson's was forced to divest when they merged with Lucky and was intitially sold to Certified Grocers of California (now Unified Grocers) which sold it to Superior (and is currently their supplier).
Right. And it wasn't initially a Superior after Lucky closed. It was called something like "Save-a-Lot" or "Save-More" (logo had green & yellow angled block, all-cap letters on a white background) - and I think that stuck around for less than a year before Superior came in.

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