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by mburb1981
16 Nov 2021 22:07
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Monroe, Michigan chain history
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Monroe, Michigan chain history

I was able to expand the listings back in time to 1919 and past 1959 thanks to directory scans of James Kirslis, who also runs an extensive website chronicling location lists of various Toledo-based chains, chiefly Seaway Food Town. This update reveals that A&P was the first chain grocer to set ...
by mburb1981
02 Sep 2021 15:46
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: The oldest Kroger store in operation?
Replies: 8
Views: 9308

Re: The oldest Kroger store in operation?

16919 Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe, Michigan is a definite contender. It's been continually in business since December 1940, and is still small (only 8 aisles!), despite many obvious updates across time.
by mburb1981
29 Jul 2021 18:30
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target '90s neon
Replies: 18
Views: 18394

Re: Target '90s neon

The Target in Taylor, MI remodeled from its original 1987 design (which featured red stripes on overhead signage and a red stripe band running across the interior walls) in 2001 to the white-red-blue-green neon and colored overhead signage. It had that look as late as its PFresh remodel in 2013. The...
by mburb1981
28 Jul 2021 10:15
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Pontiac, Michigan chain history
Replies: 0
Views: 486

Pontiac, Michigan chain history

Last night I decided to again load up Ancestry.com's directory archive and did the city of Pontiac and neighboring municipalities to help further expand Groceteria's coverage of Metro Detroit: Pontiac, Auburn Heights/Hills, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Waterford, and Orchard Lake chain grocery/superma...
by mburb1981
24 Jul 2021 19:17
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

Once again, I have expanded the Wyandotte and Lincoln Park sheets from 1965 onward, and as before I've pieced it together through several history websites (including Downriver Locations Thru the Years and the Southgate Historical Foundation's excellent business history directory ), the Detroit Free ...
by mburb1981
22 Jul 2021 18:30
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Monroe, Michigan chain history
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Monroe, Michigan chain history

Located halfway between Detroit and Toledo is a place for which I have created my newest chain history list: Monroe chain grocery/supermarket history (1919-2021) Yeah, this is just a period of a little over a decade, and this combined with the city's small size doesn't make this list too exciting, b...
by mburb1981
21 Jul 2021 22:19
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

With some time that freed up for me today, I came home with a library card that I picked up from the Bacon Memorial District Library and redid the two spreadsheets based off of directories available on Ancestry. I was finally able to access 1940s-1950s directories for Wyandotte as well as several Li...
by mburb1981
11 Mar 2021 18:05
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984
Replies: 10
Views: 4568

Re: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984

Apparently, according to one article mentioning the then-upcoming 70-store closure in July 1984, it mentioned that certain central Michigan stores would remain open since they were under a separate contract. These stores were presumably in the Lansing area, which is still in the Michigan Division to...
by mburb1981
17 Jan 2021 21:41
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: "Kroger Premier"?
Replies: 3
Views: 5590

Re: "Kroger Premier"?

I know, five-year bump!, but I have been researching Kroger Premier for a little bit now, and I have discovered that there were actually more Kroger Premier locations in the past, and that it indeed was exclusive to the Michigan division. The other Kroger Premier locations: 3675 West Maple Road, Blo...
by mburb1981
03 Jun 2020 17:16
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area
Replies: 33
Views: 19143

Re: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area

The Taylor, Michigan location at Eureka and Racho near Southland Mall was my local Sizzler location. It opened in 1991, but became Mountain Jack's following the mid-90's closures. Mountain Jack's would itself last several years before sitting vacant for quite a while, until it was torn down in 2012 ...
by mburb1981
13 Apr 2020 18:12
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

Just found a Trenton Trib article which gives a brief history on grocery stores in Trenton. Through this, I discovered that A&P had briefly occupied the Chatham space at Trafford Square (3000 Van Horn) in 1990, obviously closing by 1994 and replaced by Seaway Food Town. The Wyandotte table has a...
by mburb1981
21 Mar 2020 22:02
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

After a little bit of research, I was able to decipher some more information relating to 3901 Fort Street in Wyandotte. It was apparently rebranded, as with the entire Danny's chain, as Select IGA by 1999 (August 1, 1999 Westland Observer includes an ad for Select IGA). Select IGA lasted only two ye...
by mburb1981
05 Feb 2020 15:36
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 20
Views: 6965

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

I decided to make a few adjustments to both lists following a research of a 1975 Wyandotte directory at Bacon Memorial District Library today. This directory (or what I was able to go through with my limited time) listed three A&Ps (Riverview, 131 Elm and 3859 West Jefferson in Ecorse), the Wyan...
by mburb1981
30 Jan 2020 23:33
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984
Replies: 10
Views: 4568

Re: List of Detroit area Kroger stores in 1984

68. 22175 Eureka Road, Taylor I'm unclear where to place this in the surrounding sea of retail (none of whose surviving elements share the same address). This is because the strip mall that this store anchored was torn down in the late 1980's to make room for an Art Van store and the Burlington Squ...
by mburb1981
24 Dec 2019 15:35
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Metro Food Center on Warren in Detroit has burned down (former A&P)
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Metro Food Center on Warren in Detroit has burned down (former A&P)

The Metro Food Center Our Family store at 6461 Warren Avenue at the intersection with Gilbert Street has burned down. https://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/two-alarm-fire-reported-at-grocery-store-in-detroit?fbclid=IwAR28nWATV4Wnz9dm_EvZRk9ktXfAo56TzNpAjJVZqG8EM8TadSQrW5xX3PE This had been an A&a...