Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

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Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

Post by Andrew T. » 28 Jul 2008 12:05

While passing through the town of Kenton, Ohio (northwest of Columbus), I came across this wonderful, pyloned store at the intersection of highways 31 and 53:

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In my opinion, there's something that looks vaguely Colonial-ish about the store: Albers, maybe? That's just a random stab in the dark, though. Any thoughts as to what this store may have originally been?
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Re: Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

Post by rich » 29 Jul 2008 11:17

Albers had a store in Kenton. The pylon is a detail that other chains most likely didn't use (A&P very rarely did and Kroger used a different design in the few 50s pylons of their's that I've seen). It also looks like there's painted over corrugated metal, which was another Albers/Colonial detail. The only other possibility might be Big Bear, but I don't know if they expanded much into that direction. They tended to go more S & E of Columbus.

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Re: Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

Post by Toby Radloff » 31 Jul 2008 09:43

Big Bear did have a store in Mansfield in 1962. (I have a scan of the ad on my Ohio Grocery MSN Group site.) Whether they had other stores north of the Columbus area I don't know offhand.

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Re: Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

Post by rich » 31 Jul 2008 12:02

Big Bear did expand northward. They briefly had a store in Toledo during the late 50s; it became a long running Kroger in "The Colony" (an early not quite planned shopping center NW of downtown). They also had a store in Marion for awhile, but the critical mass of their locations tended to be more S & E of Columbus, where the competition tended toward the less intense and more familiar.

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Re: Mystery store: Sack 'N Save, 111 W Espy St, Kenton, OH

Post by BOB3 » 23 Jul 2009 15:09

I THINK I HELPED THEM FOR ONE DAY IN MEAT FOR ALBERS HERE. I WORKED IN THE ALBERS IN LIMA, OH AT MARKET AND METCALF IN THE EARLY 1960`S

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