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by rich
04 Mar 2006 21:39
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Families & the grocery business
Replies: 5
Views: 5085

Families & the grocery business

Below is an obit from the March 2nd Cleveland Plain Dealer. It had sentimental appeal for me because Tony Sgro ran a small supermarket near where I grew-up (it's still in business on Lake Shore Blvd in Euclid Ohio, for many years run by the Holzheimer family, which had 2 generations in management at...
by rich
27 Feb 2006 15:24
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Food Town to Food Lion
Replies: 6
Views: 6274

Delhaize ownership came after the "lion". They use the Food Lion name in many places. They have stores in Bangkok, Thailand with that name and use a "discount" format. Some of their competitors there also are European, sometimes with US touches: Ahold (using the US-derived "Tops" name) and Tesco (op...
by rich
26 Feb 2006 10:04
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Store #1
Replies: 31
Views: 21623

Non-compete cluses were common in the 50s/60s, but never held up in court. The Pick-n-Pay chain in Cleveland tried unsuccessfully to block Allied Supermarkets from opening K-Mart Foods stores on their turf because of a non-compete clause in Pick-n-Pay's acquisition of Allied's Foodtown chain (unrela...
by rich
22 Feb 2006 20:40
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Check cashing machines at Alpha Beta
Replies: 10
Views: 8202

There are non-luddite reasons to avoid debit cards. They don't have the legal consumer protections of vanilla ATM cards and they are incompatible with some ATMs, esp. overseas.
by rich
16 Feb 2006 08:54
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Rite Aid, Walgreens and Longs
Replies: 39
Views: 26076

Many Rexall's were chains, including some that were local co-ops. Gray, Marshall (Cunningham), and the Leader co-op operated as Rexall drug stores at various times in Cleveland. I think Gray & Marshall exited Rexall in the 60s, while Leader stayed much longer. Perhaps, Walgreen bought some chains th...
by rich
05 Feb 2006 22:48
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: KMart grocery stores before SuperKMart
Replies: 76
Views: 81417

Wrigley was their main brand. This was a little after they consolidated their banners in Detroit (where they also operated Packer stores), although they kept operating as K-Mart foods until the end of the decade. In Detroit, they merged with Great Scott! a year later and went to format that included...
by rich
18 Jan 2006 17:13
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 88
Views: 83877

One of the early Giant super markets in DC was in the Tenleytown neighborhood on Wisconsin Avenue, N of Albermarle. For years, it was a Hechinger DIY store and now it has a big box retailer (Staples or Office Depot, I think). It was an early example of a tight urban super market location with parkin...
by rich
18 Jan 2006 17:08
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Store #1
Replies: 31
Views: 21623

I once found the original National Tea store which was on Belmont Avenue, W of the "L" probably in the 1200 or 1300 block. It was a nondescript storefront being used by a retail business. Store #1 can be semi-misleading. The Pick-n-Pay grocery chain in Cleveland (later Finast, now Tops) grew out of ...
by rich
18 Jan 2006 14:58
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 7-11
Replies: 36
Views: 22791

In DC, the 7-11s probably continue to thrive because there are relatively few 24 hour super markets or fast food places and much of the diner trade is overpriced faux diners in the suburbs. They also never had significant competition and had gained a foothold by buying High's Dairy which had had "da...
by rich
17 Jan 2006 21:02
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Zody's
Replies: 88
Views: 62951

Britt's was a unit of Newberry's. The stores were much like larger Newberry units, which were basically small, low-end department stores. I only ever saw a few Britt's & there was no logic to the locations. The same could be said of Newberry's--they that three stores in the Cleveland area. One was i...
by rich
13 Jan 2006 17:52
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Vintage Supermarkets in Movies and TV (Old Ones Only Please)
Replies: 169
Views: 119360

More groceries in film...

There's a Winn-Dixie in "Goldfinger", when the MI-5 guys are trailing the guy who wanted his gold (he and the subsequently car get compacted) they pass it in the background. THe grocery store in "The Deer Hunter" (where Meryl Streep works) is on Professor Avenue in Cleveland. It's been a series of i...
by rich
06 Jan 2006 17:45
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Savannah Highway, Charleston SC
Replies: 18
Views: 16331

Name that store...

The high pylon and no parking in front would have dated back to the early 50s and might be a long ago chain--a predecessor of W-D, Kroger, etc.?. It looks Safeway-ish, but they were never that far south. The front of the pylon has what look like spots for 6 or 7 letters. Does that provide more clues?
by rich
04 Jan 2006 20:17
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: KMart Cafeteria and Other Restaurants
Replies: 71
Views: 83573

K-Mart Cafeterias

The popcorn & the 3/$1 subs (they may have called them "hoagies") were not included from the prototype they developed around 1983. The mere mention of the popcorn & subs reminds me of the distinctive stench they gave to K-Marts. The mid-80s format was when they first tried to draw something resembli...
by rich
04 Jan 2006 20:04
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: JCPenney and Drugstores
Replies: 9
Views: 9178

Eckerd

The different Eckerd chains were started by different branches of the same family. The earlier incarnation of this message board had some detail about this--I forget if they were siblings, cousins or different generations. It's doubtful that Eckerd "saved" JCP or had better management. A friend of m...
by rich
04 Jan 2006 19:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: First supercenter
Replies: 30
Views: 22365

Superstores & service departments

There were early experiments with delis, bakeries (often leased departments) and coffee shop-type restaurants going back to the 50s. Typically these were in the Northeast & Midwest. The Fisher Foods chain in Cleveland had delis in almost all of the stores it opened from the mid-50s onward. Delis & b...