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by BillyGr
03 Sep 2018 11:09
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 18
Views: 15225

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

Another one of Beckley's thoroughfares is named Eisenhower Drive. When I lived in the area, I assumed that it had been renamed in commemoration of Ike after 1969...but it turns out that the street had been named by 1948! And it was a newly-constructed bypass, so it never was called anything else. I...
by BillyGr
15 Aug 2018 15:50
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?
Replies: 12
Views: 11226

Re: Marina Safeway in Montana - anyone know which town?

Non-grocery: But the K-Mart in Hamilton (still open) also has old looking signage on it, nothing I've ever seen on the East Coast. https://goo.gl/maps/eqZi2b7kaom Looks like their (I'd say) 70's style (with the large red K and smaller blue-green mart). Many stores had a similar setup on their roads...
by BillyGr
24 Jun 2018 12:24
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery stores - 2609 E. 7th & 1701 S. Main, Joplin MO
Replies: 7
Views: 6681

Re: Mystery stores - 2609 E. 7th & 1701 S. Main, Joplin MO

Perhaps (looking at the info you have posted) the reason for the IGA and Piggly Wiggly both being in the ad is that this new group (Milgram), since they were taking over 6 different stores, some of the stores were running under one name and the rest under the other? It would sound logical with the t...
by BillyGr
08 Jun 2018 16:03
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)
Replies: 8
Views: 11372

Re: Chain history in Morgantown, WV (or, the case of the missing Kroger)

* A&P consolidated 5 stores into 1 between 1935 and 1941! Probably quite similar in many locations - as they were converting the small stores into early supermarkets they went from somewhere around 15,000 stores (nationwide) to around 3,500. Most likely the only reason it's not more exact (5 into 1...
by BillyGr
08 Mar 2018 16:18
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: W T Grant
Replies: 66
Views: 73948

Re: W T Grant

the old W.T. Grant that later became a KMart in Rotterdam NY Curry Road Plaza finally got demolished in favor of a nice apartment complex cool to know that Schenectady housed so many Department stores in its day.. I keep on hearing about Two Guys, Kresge's, Sears, Carl Company, Woolworth, Barney's ...
by BillyGr
12 Nov 2017 17:09
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 51329

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

Let me give you some New Orleans terms: Zatarain's - spices, dinners and the like Hubig's - Pies Zapp's - potato chips Blue Plate - Mayonaise Zatarain's may have started as local to that area, but I've seen those in stores here in NY State so they have apparently spread out quite a bit. Actually th...
by BillyGr
16 Oct 2017 09:00
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: UPC codes & grocery scanning
Replies: 87
Views: 81968

Re: UPC codes & grocery scanning

Before there were UPC codes and scanners there was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJCj87WxIec Hard to believe now on so many different levels. One thing they need to bring back is that lesson about packing the items - so much of the issue with plastic bags is that you wind up with far more o...
by BillyGr
28 Aug 2017 11:04
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Rotating Kmart road signs
Replies: 5
Views: 6654

Re: Rotating Kmart road signs

Can't say I ever saw one that turned like that, but one would suspect it wouldn't take too much to fix it so it couldn't do that (say if the rules in a given area changed and no longer allowed it). So it's very possible that many of that style did at one point move and then were converted/fixed (or ...
by BillyGr
20 Jul 2017 08:23
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 22
Views: 20670

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

If memory serves, that Saratoga location was actually a replacement store for one located in a shopping plaza on the other end of the city. I believe the original site was the plaza on Route 50 (after it splits from Route 9 heading south and is called Ballston Avenue) that now houses a Price Choppe...
by BillyGr
28 Jun 2017 15:33
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 22
Views: 20670

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

this is around the time that the store in Glenville NY closed which ironically became a Target just like the Amsterdam Location then there is also the Latham store which still stands to this day Although Latham was much more recent (and at the same time as East Greenbush and Clifton Park - all of w...
by BillyGr
01 Jun 2017 20:48
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA
Replies: 8
Views: 8728

Re: 10748 Buckley Hall Rd, Mathews, VA

Any hint as to what they sell (in terms of a "store brand"), if any? If they are supplied by one of the larger groups (like IGA, SuperValu or similar) perhaps it's a décor they had available for stores that dealt with them to get for the store, either at the time it opened or became this store? Of c...
by BillyGr
13 May 2017 13:11
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Reset conversions vs. Rebrand conversions
Replies: 5
Views: 6895

Re: Reset conversions vs. Rebrand conversions

One odd exception to the Albertsons "resets" would be the former A&P in Boonton, NJ that is now an Acme. Unlike the rest of the A&P brands/Acme stores, this store was originally going to close, and was just a day or two from finishing it's going out of business sales when Acme decided to pick it up....
by BillyGr
31 Mar 2017 13:20
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P at 3 Ave/32 St, New York?
Replies: 5
Views: 6520

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

Just because I love being right... I just happened to see what I realized was the SAME A&P on an episode of "Naked City" from 1960. I identified it by the women's clothing store a couple of doors down. This time I saw enough of the sign that I could look that clothing store up in an old phone book,...
by BillyGr
15 Feb 2017 17:36
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished
Replies: 8
Views: 8200

Re: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished

It sounds like this site has been abandoned longer than it was occupied. That is certainly true of the Gloversville Loblaws which opened sometime in the mid 50's and closed in February of 1975 when they moved to a new store downtown. That building stood vacant for OVER 40 years-WOW! And one of the ...
by BillyGr
14 Feb 2017 18:31
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished
Replies: 8
Views: 8200

Re: End of an era: Curry Plaza demolished

So, what other long abandoned stores are there in the greater area to target for 2018 demolition? ;)

After the Loblaw's about 15 months ago (in Johnstown), then this one, what gets to be Part III?