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by klkla
31 Jan 2022 23:53
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Los Angeles-1960s-Supermarket on La Brea Avenue-Mentioned in 1965 Picture "The Loved One"
Replies: 4
Views: 581

Re: Los Angeles-1960s-Supermarket on La Brea Avenue-Mentioned in 1965 Picture "The Loved One"

In the 1965 picture "The Loved One," the character Mr. Joyboy refers to "the giant supermarket, the one on La Brea Street." See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOMm86R_67w Does anyone know if that was a reference to a real supermarket? I assume that he meant La Brea Avenue in L...
by klkla
30 Mar 2021 22:44
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Food 4 Less & Fleming Cos./Food 4 Less history
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

Re: Food 4 Less & Fleming Cos./Food 4 Less history

It will be interesting to find the answer to this one. I remember Fleming expanding rapidly in the 90's by acquiring everything they could could get their hands on and they were also supplying Kmart with groceries. But then they crashed and burned in a very short period of time in the early 2000's.
by klkla
05 Feb 2021 16:00
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart and Safeway 1998
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Kmart and Safeway 1998

Again, as it has been pointed out, by 1998, Safeway was wading into dangerous territory with the acquisitions of "some regional grocery stores it had no business running". A more accurate description would have been "some regional grocery stores it had no business ruining . The acqui...
by klkla
04 Feb 2021 16:24
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart and Safeway 1998
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Kmart and Safeway 1998

It seems like the only synergy would have been on the distribution side because KMart didn't have a strong distribution network on the grocery side of the business and Safeway obviously did. This would have allowed KMart to try and catch up with WalMart at a faster pace.
by klkla
03 Feb 2021 20:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart and Safeway 1998
Replies: 6
Views: 535

Re: Kmart and Safeway 1998

This June 1999 article reports on rumors of Safeway being interested in KMart FWIW

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm ... story.html
by klkla
21 Jan 2021 22:44
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Mayfair Markets - Geography and History
Replies: 20
Views: 26392

Re: Safeway, Raley's and Roy's, Elko, Nevada

1980: About 45 +/- stores in California and Nevada operating as Mayfair and Low Cost Discount Foods. All the California stores were in the Southern part of the state except for the three stores mentioned in the above post and included stores in Oxnard, Ventura, Bakersfield (2), San Diego (5), El Ce...
by klkla
19 Dec 2020 23:30
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Former marina Safeways in SoCal
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Former marina Safeways in SoCal

One marina in SoCal I've seen before on photos online but haven't yet been to is the Vons in Long Beach (4th Street?), not even sure it is still there as the last time I saw a photo of that location might be a full decade ago. The store at Atlantic and Broadway (two blocks south of 4th street) in L...
by klkla
08 Dec 2020 21:30
Forum: Announcements, FAQs, Etc.
Topic: Shameless self-promotion
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Re: Shameless self-promotion

Congrats. Interesting interview.
by klkla
07 Dec 2020 21:23
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax
Replies: 12
Views: 1510

Re: Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax

Steve Landry wrote: 07 Dec 2020 09:42 That was a "Big" Kmart format.

Awful store in every way possible.
I agree. It won't be missed.
by klkla
30 Nov 2020 22:13
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Selah Safeway
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Selah Safeway

Before Steven Burd entered the picture Safeway bragged that they opened a new store on average every other day but conveniently left out that they closed a store just as often. This went on for many years. Mr. Burd didn't do the actual leg work on each new store after that. He simply approved the Re...
by klkla
16 Nov 2020 15:43
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: El Rancho Market locations in Socal, 1979
Replies: 9
Views: 6226

Re: El Rancho Market locations in Socal, 1979

I remember an El Rancho store in Yuma, Arizona at 4th Ave. and 16th St. That was a different chain acquired by Arden-Mayfair, Inc. in the 1950's or 60's that lasted until the mid 1980's. A lot of Latino markets still operate under that name in a lot pf places, such as this one in Los Angeles: https...
by klkla
27 Oct 2020 00:30
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: The closest vintage market near you that is in original condition
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: The closest vintage market near you that is in original condition

Those are both good examples. I found another former Crawford's with an exterior that is still intact. This store also became a Market Basket but was sold to Vons when Kroger shut down the division. It's currently an Asian market called 168 Market. https://www.google.com/maps/@34.0799496,-118.109561...
by klkla
26 Oct 2020 22:59
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart checkouts over the years
Replies: 21
Views: 8323

Re: Kmart checkouts over the years

I always wondered if the odd variety of hardwares was due to the various businesses they had owned previously. I remember for instance Office Max used Fujistu, Borders used NCR, Waldenbooks used IBM. Probably just a coincidence. There was really no reason for national chains to use unified POS hard...
by klkla
25 Oct 2020 18:34
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: The closest vintage market near you that is in original condition
Replies: 3
Views: 608

The closest vintage market near you that is in original condition

I was driving through Glendale, CA last week and noticed a Ralphs Fresh Fare. This 36,000 sq. ft. store was built by Crawfords Markets in 1967 and then acquired by Kroger's Market Basket stores in the 1970's. In the early 80's it was one of several stores purchased by Ralphs when Kroger decided to d...