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by Super S
30 Jun 2020 21:13
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart checkouts over the years
Replies: 8
Views: 5376

Re: Kmart checkouts over the years

It seemed like in the early 90's they got different equipment and it was from a variety of providers. In the late 90's Kmart had managed to move most of the locations to the IBM Supermarket Software even if they were not using IBM Hardware. For a while Kmart ran its old software in the non-Supercen...
by Super S
24 May 2020 11:23
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area
Replies: 33
Views: 17265

Re: Disappearing Sizzlers in your area

I am wondering if current events are going to cause Sizzler to eliminate the buffet in remaining restaurants, or to close altogether. There is a long-time Sizzler in Longview, WA where I live but has been completely closed during the Covid 19 restrictions and is not offering take-out at all. Sizzler...
by Super S
22 May 2020 13:05
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart checkouts over the years
Replies: 8
Views: 5376

Re: Kmart checkouts over the years

Kmart had a wide selection of electronic cash registers before they settled into the IBM system that has evolved over the past 20 years. Kmart used NCR Class 5 mechanical cash registers well into the late 1970s and in places, the early 1980s. When stores upgraded to electronic registers, I saw thes...
by Super S
14 Feb 2020 15:23
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Short-lived grocery stores
Replies: 14
Views: 776

Re: Short-lived grocery stores

The one that sticks out to me is a store called Food World at 136th & Mill Plain in Vancouver, WA. This was an attempt by Zupan's to operate a discount store format, and was a new-build. It made it about a year before it closed, Safeway took over the location. I think one other Food World store exis...
by Super S
25 Dec 2019 13:20
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 1960s Era (marina and gable) Safeway PA Systems
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: 1960s Era (marina and gable) Safeway PA Systems

I have seen a number of Safeway Marina stores which used what looked more like air vent diffusers as speaker covers.
by Super S
21 Nov 2019 11:42
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway Grand Opening-Photo-Unknown Date & Location
Replies: 11
Views: 6983

Re: Safeway Grand Opening-Photo-Unknown Date & Location

Nice find. I have to wonder though why so many furniture stores feel the need to remove so many fluorescent tubes. It's the little things like that which makes stores look more tired than they really are.
by Super S
21 Nov 2019 11:32
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Old-School Supermarket Meat Departments
Replies: 3
Views: 2382

Re: Old-School Supermarket Meat Departments

As for the meat wrapping machine...in stores that still package meat onsite, the windows have gradually given way to taller refrigerated cases that can fit more product. This was a change I noticed at Albertsons during the 1980s, but also keep in mind that they added service meat/seafood counters in...
by Super S
21 Sep 2019 18:53
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960
Replies: 6
Views: 6970

Re: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960

There were no listings for Fred Meyer in the directories, hence the omission. It's possible they were listed under "department stores", particularly if there were not grocery departments in the earliest stores. In Portland, they were always listed under "grocers." Next time I'm at Fort Wayne librar...
by Super S
20 Sep 2019 23:35
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960
Replies: 6
Views: 6970

Re: New location list: Boise, 1925-1960

A couple comments/notes: 4983 N Glenwood St was D'Alessandro's before it was Maxx/Max Foods. I am unsure when D'Alessandro's first opened, I want to say late 1970s, early 1980s at the latest. I am curious why Fred Meyer is not included (it is listed for Portland) I can say that, while I do not remem...
by Super S
12 Aug 2019 09:55
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Original Jack in the Box sites
Replies: 27
Views: 25653

Re: Original Jack in the Box sites

The location in Longview, WA, which is a late 1970s build that largely still had its original appearance, closed a while back and is undergoing a major remodel which is involving removing its original facade. I would guess any other older ones will be following suit. My guess is that this is in resp...
by Super S
11 Aug 2019 21:16
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987
Replies: 8
Views: 5788

Re: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987

The Fred Meyer complex might be Portland's most historically-interesting supermarket location, but the two most aesthetically-pleasing supermarkets might be the Safeways at 6125 SE 52nd Avenue and 1335 N Mason St . Both of these are early-1950s buildings with a pylon, barrel roof, and the character...
by Super S
30 Jul 2019 16:05
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Jack In The Box "Cube" signs
Replies: 2
Views: 5007

Re: Jack In The Box "Cube" signs

The Jack In The Box in Longview, WA, which I believe was built in the 1970s, has a cube road sign still in use, which has been updated to the new logo. I was curious as to how late these were used, as I have seen these in only a handful of locations. Not THAT long ago, I can name at least two store...
by Super S
26 Jul 2019 11:50
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Sears/Safeway rumor from 2006
Replies: 5
Views: 4583

Re: Sears/Safeway rumor from 2006

Safeway has enough issues as it is under Albertsons ownership. I would hate to see what would have happened if Lampert took over. Especially when you consider how many Kmart and Sears stores have closed, and in some cases completely leaving states. It sure seems odd though that so many of these merg...
by Super S
12 May 2019 01:05
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: What are some of the reasons why supermarket history is so interesting?
Replies: 5
Views: 3008

Re: What are some of the reasons why supermarket history is so interesting?

I think what makes it so interesting is the fact that this type of retail exists in some form in every town. When you factor in independents, there are a ton of different takes on store design and presentation. Certain chains had their unique designs that are still recognizable long after the chain ...
by Super S
06 Mar 2019 18:16
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Safeway Marina interior oddity?
Replies: 2
Views: 8326

Re: Safeway Marina interior oddity?

Thanks for that link. Very good set of pictures. They confirmed my original suspicion about the ceilings as they clearly show 2' by 4' panels which are easy to spot next to the 8' fluorescent fixtures. And a couple that reflect the shine of the metal grid. While I have seen Marina stores with suspen...