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by Andrew T.
11 Jul 2021 13:21
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?
Replies: 7
Views: 14876

Re: Whatever became of Western Steer Steakhouse?

I've perused your website, and I gotta admit that I've derived a not-small amount of humour and glee from the thought that there are two Gay Canuckistani Mercerians out here in the wild. LOL Mike! A chance in a million! Are you anywhere remotely close to northern Ontario, by any chance? I'd love to...
by Andrew T.
11 Jul 2021 12:05
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Updated location list: Winnipeg through 1975
Replies: 2
Views: 8506

Re: Updated location list: Winnipeg through 1975

This weekend, I stumbled upon a horde of historical images from Winnipeg uploaded by a Flickr user named Jerry Olenko. (What the sources were are anyone's guess...he doesn't say.) As might be expected, there are a wealth of supermarket images to go around. Here's what I found: Dominion and Loblaws (...
by Andrew T.
14 Jun 2021 22:26
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Allentown PA, 1925-2021
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: NEW: Allentown PA, 1925-2021

You know...I was familiar with American Stores' role as the corporate parent of Acme and Alpha Beta, but it never once before crossed my mind that the name predated the 1979 Skaggs sale, or that Acme itself could have once been called that. "American Stores" was surely a generic name* that...
by Andrew T.
14 Jun 2021 02:05
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Allentown PA, 1925-2021
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: NEW: Allentown PA, 1925-2021

I'm intrigued by this "American" chain. It utterly dominated the city's market in the 1930s and 1940s...then it shrivelled up at a fast clip and was history by 1960. There's got to be a story behind this. Even more strangely, none of their stores appear to have been reused by competing cha...
by Andrew T.
22 May 2021 15:23
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: A WV Texaco conversion in 3 pictures
Replies: 0
Views: 384

A WV Texaco conversion in 3 pictures

As an archivist and local history researcher, one of my favourite resources is small-town yearbooks. These often contain sponsor ads and photos of local scenes, and sometimes these are the only real record of the businesses that once existed in places that were simply too small to ever command a cit...
by Andrew T.
12 May 2021 10:14
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: TBay Ont Safeway sign: 1950s or 1970s?
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: TBay Ont Safeway sign: 1950s or 1970s?

Great. Do you have pictures of any similar or identical signs?

Oddly enough, it seems as if Safeway's signs got more elaborate over the course of the Marina era, not less. This one's in Winnipeg, and dates to 1963:
by Andrew T.
09 May 2021 10:02
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: TBay Ont Safeway sign: 1950s or 1970s?
Replies: 3
Views: 872

TBay Ont Safeway sign: 1950s or 1970s?

Here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a Safeway store has operated at 115 Arthur Street West since June 1959. There's a catch, though: The building has been torn down and rebuilt on the same site twice , first in 1977 and then in 1991. So the current store is only about thirty years old. (Damn, 1991 was 30 ...
by Andrew T.
28 Apr 2021 16:46
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Springfield, MO chain supermarket history, 1925-59
Replies: 7
Views: 6223

Re: Springfield, MO chain supermarket history, 1925-59

I've been somewhat inactive here lately, putting supermarkets and city history on the back burner. But no matter: I'm definitely eager to see the updates for Springfield! Some thoughts... * 712 N Glenstone was never a chain supermarket. Good to know. * It's also good to get confirmation that 1615 S ...
by Andrew T.
04 Apr 2021 17:46
Forum: History: USA Southwest and Hawaii (Excluding California)
Topic: Foodland - Kaneohe, HI
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Foodland - Kaneohe, HI

BillyGr wrote: 04 Apr 2021 14:29 Came up with photos for me - perhaps you aren't logged in to Facebook in general?
Of course I'm not logged in: I don't have a Facebook account, and I resent the presumption that I should. That's why I post here instead!
by Andrew T.
04 Apr 2021 11:59
Forum: History: USA Southwest and Hawaii (Excluding California)
Topic: Foodland - Kaneohe, HI
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Foodland - Kaneohe, HI

FYI, your link just gives me a Facebook login screen.
by Andrew T.
08 Feb 2021 23:04
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Defunct grocery chains you personally shopped at
Replies: 42
Views: 42945

Re: Defunct grocery chains you personally shopped at

Mainebadger wrote: 06 Feb 2021 22:38 Is Dominion still around in Canada?
Not anymore; unless you count the Loblaws-owned bizarro offshoot in Newfoundland, which I don't.
by Andrew T.
08 Feb 2021 21:42
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Madison, Wisconsin chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 27
Views: 13013

Re: Madison, Wisconsin chain grocery/supermarket history

Wow, new replies! 3010 Cahill Main, Fitchburg - Converted to Copps; still operating in 2020 as Pick N' Save. This store isn't on the spreadsheet yet. 6310 Century Ave., Middleton - This store isn't on the spreadsheet either. I think the Madison city directories always omitted coverage of the surroun...
by Andrew T.
07 Feb 2021 12:11
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Chatham supermarkets in Michigan?
Replies: 13
Views: 11765

Re: Chatham supermarkets in Michigan?

With a few hours' worth of writing last night (and a fair amount of photography in 2019, when I could still cross the border), Chatham has been given a "Supermartifacts" write-up:

http://www.andrewturnbull.net/chatham1.html
by Andrew T.
29 Jan 2021 20:28
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Omaha, 1925-2021
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: NEW: Omaha, 1925-2021

Thank you for this! It amuses me to see a "No Frills" chain in the table more than it should.
by Andrew T.
09 Jan 2021 11:16
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Acme to IGA conversion, Keyser, WV
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: Acme to IGA conversion, Keyser, WV

Safeway...in West Virginia? *mind blown* This city sounds worthy of further research. Trouble is, I'm unclear how you'd do further research...Keyser is a small place, and I don't know if it ever had directories published.