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by rich
03 Jun 2017 09:13
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA
Replies: 8
Views: 8728

Re: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA

I don't think Grand Union ever went that far South in VA; Acme certainly didn't--both were in the DelMarVa peninsula (Acme still is, but not in VA). Safeway would be the best candidate among chains with a DC presence to have a store here. Having a mansard roof was an almost universal design from the...
by rich
26 Apr 2017 23:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Preston-Safeway
Replies: 11
Views: 13599

Re: Preston-Safeway

I recently got on the subject of Preston-Safeway and here are a couple indications that it had nothing to do with the the "other Safeway", instead it apparently was the largest Italian owned business in Indianapolis (significant in a place with a famously xenophobic history): http://www.legacy.com/o...
by rich
21 Apr 2017 17:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Eisner and the downstate Jewel stores
Replies: 2
Views: 3948

Re: Eisner and the downstate Jewel stores

Jewel kept the Eisner stores in Bloomington, Indiana well after they had departed Indy, although those stores were gone somewhere in the 90s. They had one store near IU that drew from the large Chicago diaspora related to the University--it was a somewhat neglected combo with Osco from the 70s; desp...
by rich
06 Apr 2017 09:26
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 14960

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

Assuming this was a Safeway design, I wonder if others like it exist? I have seen some others. May have photos. I'll look when I get home. AS I recall, Most of the ones like this I've seen were originally Safeway/Super S combos, but this doesn't look big enough. Keep in mind that a number of chains...
by rich
05 Apr 2017 10:07
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Baton Rouge supermarkets
Replies: 14
Views: 11695

Re: Baton Rouge supermarkets

National definitely did exist there, but I don't know the locations or whether they exited Baton Rouge before leaving New Orleans. They acquired a chain in Baton Rouge (I want to say the name was "Capital") in the 50s, so their characteristic buff brick 50s stores that had brick pylons might not be ...
by rich
19 Mar 2017 08:42
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Diminishing JC Penney downtown locations
Replies: 2
Views: 5097

Re: Diminishing JC Penney downtown locations

The same question came up on Retail Watchers, but a number of downtown stores were mentioned--mostly small Western towns. A large fraction of the closings seem to be in small town malls (the places where these downtown stores usually were relocated). This shouldn't be a surprise given the high death...
by rich
15 Mar 2017 10:05
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?
Replies: 5
Views: 6519

Re: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?

The building with the TJs looks like something out of the 80s. The A&P in the has the "wing" logo typical of the 50s or early/mid-60s. I suspect it might have been the Gristede's across the street or a tenant in a prior building on this site. Alternatively, I recall being in a Food Emporium that obv...
by rich
04 Feb 2017 21:25
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Iconic Store Designs
Replies: 19
Views: 14097

Re: Iconic Store Designs

Grand Union was not the only chain to use a shingled roof. Fazio's in the Cleveland area used this as their prototype from the mid-60s into the 1980s: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ei2Ik5quiI0/R_Ft9iQfMoI/AAAAAAAAA0E/npI1lRJmtK8/s400/fazio%27s+1971.jpg Fazio also used the theme inside their stores. Many...
by rich
03 Feb 2017 13:19
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5787

Re: Kroger/Chicago

i should have qualified that--the stores that Andrew mentioned are the South Suburban stores I was referencing (Chicago Heights & Park Forest). From looking up the sale to Dominick's, I noticed that they had about 60 stores when they opened their Northlake facility and had 74 stores in their Chicago...
by rich
02 Feb 2017 12:49
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5787

Re: Kroger/Chicago

Kroger sold their Chicago area distribution center to Dominick's in '70 along with two cohorts of stores---buying the distribution center probably marked their departure from the market, although Dominick's made its second purchase about 6 months after. The South Suburban stores probably were suppli...
by rich
17 Jan 2017 17:30
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Kroger/Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 5787

Re: Kroger/Chicago

Kroger seems to have entered a lot of markets somewhere in the mid-to-late 20s. In some cases, they opened stores and bought Piggly Wiggly operators (gradually phasing out the PW name)--that was how they entered Cleveland and Atlanta. They bought some other local chains in this period like the Eagle...
by rich
25 Dec 2016 11:33
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?
Replies: 5
Views: 6737

Re: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?

Google newspapers should be able to get you some grand openings and old ads. The post-Centennial stores were rolled out in '74. Some were pairings with K-Marts, while others were standalones or in small shopping centers--usually with mansard roofs, which were the norm for supers of that time and the...
by rich
23 Dec 2016 08:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?
Replies: 5
Views: 6737

Re: Was the A&P capsule logo really used before 1976?

The "new logo" debuted when they started opening post-centennial stores in 1974. Those stores were much larger than the centennials (30K-ish if I recall correctly) and had service departments, which beyond very small efforts like BBQ chicken they hadn't had before. I believe that the the predecessor...
by rich
30 Oct 2016 23:06
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 14960

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

It wasn't Consumers, it was someone's surname.
by rich
29 Oct 2016 09:59
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?
Replies: 23
Views: 14960

Re: Stores in Springfield, Missouri?

At least when I lived there, mid-Missouri seemed to have had an odd patterning of chains, perhaps because KC and St L overlapped influence in the region, with St L being the stronger pull. I think a lot of it was that Columbia was so different from everywhere else. Schnucks had no other nearby store...