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by retail_person_247
22 Feb 2024 15:01
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 124
Views: 85763

Re: Kroger Family Centers

retail_person_247 wrote: 22 Feb 2024 14:50 Kroger appears to have also tried out the Family Center format with their Henke & Pilot stores:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/1585986/
Better quality image:

https://www.newspapers.com/article/lake ... 109375350/
by retail_person_247
22 Feb 2024 14:50
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 124
Views: 85763

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Kroger appears to have also tried out the Family Center format with their Henke & Pilot stores:

https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/1585986/
by retail_person_247
10 Jan 2024 19:08
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Old ServiStar Hardware signs still up?
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Old ServiStar Hardware signs still up?

Does anybody remember ServiStar? They were a chain of franchised hardware stores, merged with Coast To Coast in 1990 (though both chains still operated under their own respective names), merged with True Value in 1996, all 3 stores went under their own name until 1999 when both ServiStar & Coast...
by retail_person_247
08 Oct 2023 14:45
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Barker's Department Stores
Replies: 46
Views: 51766

Re: Barker's Department Stores

You've probably already seen me make posts about this on the Kroger Family Centers topic, but I've made a list of discount dept. stores, which not only include Kroger FC's, but Barkers as well: https://groceteria.ca/board/viewtopic.php?p=23530 As of posting this, there's currently 57 Barkers locatio...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 22:45
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

Has anyone ever heard of this chain? Apparently it was Kroger's true discount dept. store division Kroger had their family centers, hypermarkets with a full supermarket and discount dept store section, similar and comparable to todays Walmart Supercenter, But they also had Thriftown, full on discou...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 21:53
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

Ok, one last short update on this topic for today. After looking through newspaper archives and a quick search through Kroger's old annual reports, apparently this concept wasn't as short lived as one would think. The earlist newspaper ad that I could find was from 1963: https://www.newspapers.com/n...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 21:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 124
Views: 85763

Re: Kroger Family Centers

With the 2 locations that I just mentioned, that brings the number of known Kroger Family Centers (known to me) to a grand total of 45. If you want to view all the locations that I've tracked you can find them here: https://groceteria.ca/board/viewtopic.php?p=23530 I've already listed the store in ...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 21:13
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

Found another location Hollywood City Center, Steubenville, Ohio Ad for the store: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-weirton-daily-times-thriftown-door-b/102394831/ There was a Mr Wiggs discount dept. store located in the plaza at one point (????-1981) which then became a Kmart location from 19...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 21:08
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

Ok so after doing some more research on Newspapers.com, here's some more information that I found about the chain: I found a store location, 160 19th Ave, Moline, IL It was located next to a Kroger location Was last advertised in 1971 Later advertisements featured the Kroger logo and the Thriftown l...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 20:57
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

A quick search on Newspapers.com brought me 2 ads with the Thriftown logo:

https://www.newspapers.com/clippings?qu ... 0Thriftown
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 20:52
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 124
Views: 85763

Re: Kroger Family Centers

What about the Lawrence, NC location which I just found https://books.google.com/books?id=jlUyAAAAIBAJ&pg=PA2&dq=Kroger+Family+Center&article_id=5551,2196007&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjkocDG-5GBAxXQF1kFHZZRAT84ChDoAXoECAQQAg#v=onepage&q=Kroger%20Family%20Center&f=false h...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 20:38
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

I feel like I should also mention that Meijer did the exact same thing with their "Meijer Square" stores: https://retail247.blogspot.com/2023/01/remember-when-meijer-was-square.html They started out as a grocery store, became a hypermarket (via their Thrifty Acres division), but also had t...
by retail_person_247
06 Oct 2023 20:32
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Kroger Thriftown Discount Dept. Stores

Has anyone ever heard of this chain? Apparently it was Kroger's true discount dept. store division Kroger had their family centers, hypermarkets with a full supermarket and discount dept store section, similar and comparable to todays Walmart Supercenter, But they also had Thriftown, full on discoun...
by retail_person_247
05 Sep 2023 16:41
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 124
Views: 85763

Re: Kroger Family Centers

With the 2 locations that I just mentioned, that brings the number of known Kroger Family Centers (known to me) to a grand total of 45.

If you want to view all the locations that I've tracked you can find them here:

viewtopic.php?p=23530