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by Andrew T.
14 Nov 2022 17:46
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 4028

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

rich wrote: 14 Nov 2022 15:16 Looks more like they're West Coast US stores than East Coast---did Canada always have its own designs? Did they ever Centennials?
In case you missed the thread that's simmered on this subforum for three years:
https://www.groceteria.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=4475
by Andrew T.
13 Nov 2022 12:28
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 4028

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

Here's a rare photo I stumbled upon. It's the A&P store on 570 Syndicate Ave. S. as it appeared in 1984, just before closure. The store still bore its original 1963-era modernist exterior, but had been updated with the newer pill-shaped sign and logo. The photo itself appeared in a Thunder Bay b...
by Andrew T.
26 Oct 2022 00:18
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: NEW: Syracuse, 1925-2020
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: NEW: Syracuse, 1925-2020

I've only had a chance to briefly glance over the work, but it's great to see another city in the Great Lakes watershed done! Loblaws faded away with nary a trace, here...they didn't keep the stores going as Bells franchises like they did in Buffalo. Some of the stores morphed into Price Chopper, bu...
by Andrew T.
13 Sep 2022 22:37
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: NEW: New Brunswick NJ, 1926-1984
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: NEW: New Brunswick NJ, 1926-1984

Now, if only there was a city named "New Jersey" in New Brunswick...
by Andrew T.
18 Jul 2022 20:48
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: NEW: Hamilton ON, 1925-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 7857

Re: NEW: Hamilton ON, 1925-2018

Excellent!
by Andrew T.
10 Jul 2022 16:56
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: NEW: Belleville ON, 1932-2006
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: NEW: Belleville ON, 1932-2006

Say, check out the late '70s Safeway at 305 North Front Street! The building hasn't changed much (it still has its natural brick colouring and display windows), and the canopy features a "bridge" that extends over the adjacent parking lot entrance. Never saw a store like that before!
by Andrew T.
05 Jul 2022 10:31
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN

Per Chain Store Age, 115 Walnut was a Kroger that opened in 1954. Per newspapers: 333 S 3rd: Montgomery Ward 600 S. 3rd: McMillan's Sporting Goods (late 1960s/early 1970s, no listing in the 1960 city directory, which is the latest one I can access right now). Thanks for the detective work, guys!! 1...
by Andrew T.
30 Jun 2022 19:35
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Re: Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN

And two down the road...

138 W Honey Creek Pkwy (when I saw this store from afar, I almost thought it was an A&P Centennial at first):
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4650 S US Hwy 41:
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by Andrew T.
30 Jun 2022 19:34
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN
Replies: 7
Views: 942

Mystery stores in Terre Haute, IN

Last week, I braved the US-Canadian border to go on a seven-state trip to Nashville, Tennessee and back. One of the cities I passed through on the way was Terre Haute, Indiana, famous home of Columbia House and their "12 CDs for a penny" offers...and this city had a wealth of mysterious ex...
by Andrew T.
10 Jun 2022 00:44
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: New location list: Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge
Replies: 13
Views: 7487

Re: New location list: Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge

Oh, joy! Eyeballing the Waterloo-Kitchener table, I noticed something strange: There are five Food Basics locations listed in the two cities, and not a single one of them had a known identity prior to Food Basics. Were some of them conversions from other retailers? Or were all of them new-build stor...
by Andrew T.
04 Jun 2022 22:02
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Vintage IGA Daniels, VA
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: Vintage IGA Daniels, VA

Um, the location in your link isn't in Virginia. It's in West Virginia. Saying that the census-designated place of Daniels, WV is in Virginia is like saying that Old Orchard Beach, Maine is in Massachusetts. As luck has it, I'm familiar with this area, and this building housed a Galaxy Foods-affilia...
by Andrew T.
29 May 2022 12:03
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Owen Sound, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1968-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

Re: Owen Sound, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1968-2019

The 1930s Dominion site at 938 2nd Ave E is a must-see...it's in a single-story mid-block storefront with Art Deco brick detailing, including a pattern of three recessed squares on the upper facade. I wonder if Dominion commissioned the architecture itself?
by Andrew T.
21 May 2022 10:25
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Former A&P in Plymouth, MA?
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Former A&P in Plymouth, MA?

That building does look fairly A&P-like! But given the specifics, I'm going to have to say this wasn't one... * The building is easily 50,000 square feet in footprint, and doesn't bear any traces of being expanded. That's far in excess of what a 1950s-1970s supermarket would be. * The ends of th...
by Andrew T.
15 May 2022 12:18
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Northville and Plymouth, MI chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 3
Views: 5408

Re: Northville and Plymouth, MI chain grocery/supermarket locations

Here's a great video link I found: Plymouth Michigan, Vintage 1969 This is 6 minutes of amateur 8mm footage shot in and around Plymouth, with many signs, buildings, and vehicles visible. There's a nice pan over an A&P Centennial (almost surely the one at 1050 Ann Arbor Road, now renovated beyond...
by Andrew T.
01 May 2022 13:10
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Safeway, Cranbrook, BC, 1981
Replies: 1
Views: 313

Safeway, Cranbrook, BC, 1981

Recently, some 1981-vintage pictures of a Safeway store in Cranbrook, British Columbia were posted on Paul Niedermayer's Curbside Classic blog: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/vintage-snapshots-and-photography/cohort-pick-of-the-day-qotd-what-year-is-it/ These are great photos! The store itself...