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by Andrew T.
26 Jul 2020 11:29
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Newton and Des Moines, IA
Replies: 5
Views: 4175

Re: Stores in Newton and Des Moines, IA

The second photo is also a HyVee. In the 1970s, when I was a kid, the HyVees in the first two photos were operational on either end of Newton. The one shown in #2 eventually (late 80s/early 90s?) migrated to the Newton Mall to occupy the spot where Easter's, another grocery store had been. After th...
by Andrew T.
09 Jul 2020 09:18
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: NEW: Tacoma 1924-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Re: NEW: Tacoma 1924-2020

There's one thing I can always count on western cities to provide: Safeway artifacts galore! Two 1940s-era Safeways in Tacoma are still selling groceries as independent markets: One at 3908 6th Ave (which had its architectural details obscured), and one at 208 S 45th St/4502 Pacific Ave (which is in...
by Andrew T.
26 Jun 2020 19:38
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?
Replies: 5
Views: 11184

Re: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?

Andrew, after years of lurking I was prompted to create an account just to reply to this thread. I ate at the Princeton Western Steer many times growing up, as well as their location over in Tazewell (my paternal and maternal grandparents, respectively). And no, nary a soul went there for "steak", ...
by Andrew T.
10 Jun 2020 17:33
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?
Replies: 5
Views: 11184

Re: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?

LOTS of details at this page. From the parent companies begining, to the mergers involved. https://www.company-histories.com/Fresh-Foods-Inc-Company-History.html Unfortunately the article's chronology cuts off after 1999, and does not address the subsequent history of the company nor the closure of...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2020 00:40
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 18
Views: 15299

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

Another one: Remember 1732 Harper Road , the site of the 1970s A&P that was reoccupied by Kroger in the 1980s? Well, this one was a surprise. It turns out that the reason why the original store was demolished and rebuilt was because its roof collapsed under the weight of snow in February 1998! krosn...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2020 00:21
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 18
Views: 15299

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

Thanks to my special archivist's powers, I've found leads that settle some questions I had about Beckley's supermarket past. f4l.jpg * First off: Yes (West) Virginia, there really was a Food 4 Less store in Beckley! It opened on October 30, 1989. It was also operated by Fleming, not Yucaipa; no surp...
by Andrew T.
28 Apr 2020 19:13
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Mystery store: 225 King St. E., Bowmanville, ON
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: Mystery store: 225 King St. E., Bowmanville, ON

This was an IGA back around 1999-2000. It likely opened as an IGA originally. It was a Foodland most recently. Here is a Google Streetview image from 2009: https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.9113803,-78.6761362,3a,38.6y,153.24h,91.83t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVpHWT2mUAxeH_od2eHaM0w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 IGA it...
by Andrew T.
28 Apr 2020 18:39
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Mystery store: 154 Talbot St W, Aylmer, ON
Replies: 7
Views: 5337

Re: Mystery store: 154 Talbot St W, Aylmer, ON

This was likely a small-town format Dominion store from the 1950s or 60s. It is consistent with other Dominion stores throughout small-town Ontario. For example, I have seen similar buildings in Prescott, Huntsville and Napanee. All of those almost identical buildings had the same slanted roof, all...
by Andrew T.
21 Apr 2020 21:39
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Former 1955 Safeway - 303 Highland Ave, National City
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Former 1955 Safeway - 303 Highland Ave, National City

Thanks for drawing those comparisons, Andrew. That's very good insight. I agree that it's fascinating how an international chain Safeway could maintain such a uniform architectural style in all their regions. Is that Port Arthur Safeway building still standing? Yes, it is! The original architectura...
by Andrew T.
21 Apr 2020 19:05
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Former 1955 Safeway - 303 Highland Ave, National City
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Former 1955 Safeway - 303 Highland Ave, National City

Both this store and the store in your other thread are close ringers for this Safeway in Port Arthur, Ontario that opened on January 25, 1956. The company had incredible chainwide consistency in this era...and that they maintained this consistency on an international basis is even more impressive: h...
by Andrew T.
20 Mar 2020 17:49
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Shopping Bag Food Stores In Southern California
Replies: 57
Views: 40894

Re: Shopping Bag Food Stores In Southern California

Earlier in this topic dennis438 mentioned a Mr. Hayden. That would be Mr. Rube Hayden who, along with Mr. W.D. Rorex, founded Shopping Bag Grocery around 1930. Mr. Hayden was from the small town of Fancy Farm, KY. He provided jobs for young men from his hometown that came west during the Depression...
by Andrew T.
07 Mar 2020 19:15
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Did Safeway ever operate in Minnesota?
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: Did Safeway ever operate in Minnesota?

Here is a map showing Safeway's trade area in Iowa in 1960. This doesn't solve the Minnesota mystery, but it does shed light on how the chain was developing their trade area in this part of the country: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/128562809/ Safeway operated as far north as Mason City, a sca...
by Andrew T.
28 Feb 2020 11:49
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Des Moines, 1925-2020 (sort of)
Replies: 7
Views: 241

Re: NEW: Des Moines, 1925-2020 (sort of)

Safeway had a relatively short existence in Iowa. They were gone by 1985, with most of their stores dispersed to local owners and taking on Super Valu branding. But did they leave any artifacts behind? I'm happy to say they did! 4100 University Ave was a quintessential Marina store, opening in the l...
by Andrew T.
28 Feb 2020 10:31
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Des Moines, 1925-2020 (sort of)
Replies: 7
Views: 241

Re: NEW: Des Moines, 1925-2020 (sort of)

Thank you, thank you! For years, Des Moines has been on the short list of places I was itching to learn more about. Now I feel as if a veil has been lifted from the city's history. Back in the summer of 2012, I spent a week in Des Moines and tried to do some rudimentary directory research while I wa...
by Andrew T.
28 Feb 2020 02:34
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Did Safeway ever operate in Minnesota?
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Did Safeway ever operate in Minnesota?

For over 90 years, Safeway has maintained a presence north of Minnesota through its Canadian division in Manitoba and northwest Ontario. Safeway also once operated due south of Minnesota, in Iowa. Yet, has Safeway ever operated a store in Minnesota? It seems odd that they haven't. This winter, I com...