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by rich
17 May 2022 22:52
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: New Uses for Grocery Stores
Replies: 90
Views: 87845

Re: New Uses for Grocery Stores

Former long running Pick-n-Pay at 14601 St Clair Ave in Cleveland is a funeral home.

Early (1957) Centennial A&P in Wickliffe, Ohio has been an electronics business for many years.
by rich
10 May 2022 21:53
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: White Front Stores
Replies: 53
Views: 60080

Re: White Front Stores

Just a postscript to an earlier post here---White Front was owned by Interstate Department Stores which also owned Topps which was in the Northeast and Midwest. Interstate also owned a large number of small town department stores which predated their owning these discount chains. Topps was more appa...
by rich
25 Apr 2022 11:15
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Louisville KY, 1922 and 1946-2022
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: NEW: Louisville KY, 1922 and 1946-2022

Park & Shop, Stop & Shop or both?
by rich
24 Feb 2022 10:04
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Memphis TN 1917-1990
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: NEW: Memphis TN 1917-1990

Interesting that Jitney Jungle was there for a very short time. They remained in the Mississippi Delta (places like Greenwood) that were not too far from Memphis until Winn-Dixie bought them in the 90s. National entered the market by buying Montesi's, which had 9 stores and a warehouse, in 1955. It ...
by rich
23 Feb 2022 19:20
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Archive of annual reports
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Archive of annual reports

A great set of potential rabbit holes.
by rich
03 Feb 2022 10:00
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Hagerstown MD, 1922-2021
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: NEW: Hagerstown MD, 1922-2021

I found an old newspaper image from the 50s. The Hagerstown Food Fair was the Philly chain.
by rich
03 Feb 2022 09:56
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Peoria, 1925-2021
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: NEW: Peoria, 1925-2021

Now, for National. True to form, the chain emerged in Peoria fairly late and fairly scrappily, opening its first stores by 1960...and at least two of them were conversions from other grocers. 3127 N University St was originally a Piggly Wiggly, and the building still bears an interesting loop-shape...
by rich
15 Dec 2021 14:30
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Hagerstown MD, 1922-2021
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: NEW: Hagerstown MD, 1922-2021

Are you sure the 1958 Food Fair is the Philly chain rather than the DC-based on that Grand Union bought?
by rich
28 Nov 2021 10:56
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Duluth and Superior, 1925/30 to present
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: NEW: Duluth and Superior, 1925/30 to present

National had a division in Duluth with stores as far east as Marquette, MI, so there should be an old distribution center somewhere which probably stuck around until the late 60s/early 70s. Even after being consolidated with Minneapolis, it ranged as far as Iron Mountain. Minneapolis was one of thei...
by rich
21 Nov 2021 23:51
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Duluth and Superior, 1925/30 to present
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: NEW: Duluth and Superior, 1925/30 to present

I'm afraid you have Kroger and Safeway and the street names don't line up with the map.
by rich
21 Nov 2021 23:38
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Kroger in Vermont?
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Kroger in Vermont?

St. Albans is considered a remote part of Vermont, away from any populous part of New England. It's also long been the poorest parts of Vermont. Its pretty unlikely they would have expanded there. DeKalb is a county in Georgia. Until recently, it had a small part of Atlanta proper and a small number...
by rich
07 Nov 2021 22:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Little Rock, 1925-2021
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: NEW: Little Rock, 1925-2021

The Nationals were part of their Memphis division which ran ‘55-‘67. They also had stores in Nashville. The Division began with an acquisition in Memphis, followed by another one in Nashville. It looks like the Little Rock stores wer new builds during the early years. I came across an old govt repor...
by rich
07 Oct 2021 15:14
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery store: 3000 N Sterling Ave, Peoria IL
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: Mystery store: 3000 N Sterling Ave, Peoria IL

Stone accents were common for Kroger’s in the late 50s and early 60s, but not unique to them. The parapet drop is odd unless there was a sign on the side that needed to be serviced somehow from above.

Kroger’s usually had the name in front, but nothing on the side unless there was a second entrance.
by rich
07 Sep 2021 22:38
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: A Little Help?
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: A Little Help?

Crumbling chains? Colonial and Grand Union crumbled under the ownership of Sir James Goldmith's empire Pathmark, Food Mart, Kohl's and Farmer Jack withered as part of A&P Dominicks & Genuardi's under Safeway I'm sure there are lots of others. As for DC.......it's is an odd market in that Saf...
by rich
03 Sep 2021 18:44
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: A Little Help?
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: A Little Help?

Basics was a brand for Grand Union's warehouse stores--GU was gone from DC by 1990. They were bought by Foodarama of Baltimore which must have kept the name for awhile.