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Detroit Sneak Preview

Post by Groceteria » 11 Nov 2019 21:27

I'm still working in this section and will be adding maps, photos, and more location lists for some suburbs, but here's a sneak peek:

Detroit Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1930-1974 and 2003

Detroit Area Timeline

This will likely be the biggest location list I will ever do, because the only four cities that were larger than Detroit through most of the 20th century (New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles) did not have city directories published after the late 1930s or early 1940s. There are over 2200 addresses and some of them required some extensive cross-checking. This was a major project and I'm quite proud of it.

Enjoy. I'll try to get the rest posted shortly and give it an official premiere.

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Post by mburb1981 » 15 Nov 2019 20:56

Amazing job! You've included the entire city of Detroit, and with the enclave cities and the Grosse Pointes too! You sure are accurate in how big Detroit was, as it reached a peak population of almost two million in 1950. I have a few additional notes for your consideration:

*Detroit underwent a citywide address renumbering that took effect on New Year's Day 1921.
*About the street suffixes, yeah, both Detroit and many of it's suburbs have long preferred not to, in most cases, include suffixes on their street name corner signs.
*The same PDF document where I found the opening dates for Meijer's Toledo-area stores also lists these opening dates for their city of Detroit stores: 1301 West Eight Mile Road opened in 2013, and 21431 Grand River Avenue opened on June 14, 2015.

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Post by Groceteria » 16 Nov 2019 12:15

Thanks! I'll update as appropriate.

There's still a lot more to come in this section, including photos, maps, and some suburban additions, among other things, but I'm taking a break this weekend.

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Post by mburb1981 » 29 Nov 2019 15:39

Was going to post this on my thread, but this will do. For when you add my Downriver communities lists, I have stumbled upon a Kroger that I didn't even know exist:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92760331@ ... datetaken/

Southgate's very first Kroger store opened at 14803-14807 Dix-Toledo in the 1950's, back when the area was still Ecorse Township. It lasted into the 60's and became Curly's Fruit Market between the 1970's and 1990's before being demolished for a Carraba's restaurant.

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Post by Groceteria » 04 Dec 2019 20:27

For those who are interested, I'm starting to add my Detroit photos to the site:

https://www.groceteria.com/place/us-mic ... o-gallery/

Should be finished by the weekend.

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Post by Andrew T. » 04 Dec 2019 23:15

Excellent!
"The pale pastels which have been featured in most food stores during the past 20 years are no longer in tune with the mood of the 1970s."
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Post by rich » 08 Dec 2019 11:12

You're missing some Farmer Jack (and possibly Food Fair locations)---it may be that they didn't provide complete info in their directory listings. They had a long running store that went up after the '67 riots on 12th Street/Rosa Parks, that you have only for 2003. They also had a store on Wyoming near Seven Mile that would have dated to the 60s. I would guess there were other that weren't captured. In general, I'm kindof surprised there weren't more supers in the 50s/60s around key business districts like Grand River/Greenfield, Livernois/Seven Mile and Grand River/McNichols/Lahser in Redford. One would have expected 3-4 chains to be in and around those places. I wonder if the chains had a norm of under reporting. Some chains didn't publish listings of their individual stores in the yellow or white pages, either.

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