Search found 689 matches

by Andrew T.
10 Jan 2024 20:37
Forum: History: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Old ServiStar Hardware signs still up?
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: Old ServiStar Hardware signs still up?

Not much to add, but I took a picture of this sign in Rochester when I visited the city in 2014. I didn't even know what ServiStar was at the time; I just had a hunch that there was something about it that I should document and preserve.
by Andrew T.
05 Oct 2023 10:06
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: NEW: Shreveport, 1925-2020
Replies: 12
Views: 1282

Re: NEW: Shreveport, 1925-2020

Here's a bit of trivia about Shreveport: It's the city where the founders of Id Software started their career at locally-based Softdisk, and where the first Commander Keen game was written on evenings and weekends. So where were Tom Hall, John Romero, and company buying their groceries in 1990? Acco...
by Andrew T.
04 Oct 2023 09:17
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway-Santa Clara-3071 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Valley Fair)-Store Is Closing
Replies: 3
Views: 1786

Re: Safeway-Santa Clara-3071 Stevens Creek Blvd. (Valley Fair)-Store Is Closing

Given Safeway's mergers and renovation pushes over the last couple decades, it's impressive (if bittersweet) that a store survived with the early/mid-1980s backlit "ribbon leaf" signage until now! Maybe not as impressive as an untouched 1956 store would have been, but old enough in 2023 to...
by Andrew T.
27 Aug 2023 22:05
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: NEW: Québec City, 1935-1976
Replies: 2
Views: 665

Re: NEW: Québec City, 1935-1976

Nice one!

I'm curious about the "alphabetizing dilemmas" you encountered. I'm also curious whether the older directories (pre-Quiet Revolution) were printed in English or in French.
by Andrew T.
09 May 2023 21:47
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Sheboygan WI, 1924-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 806

Re: NEW: Sheboygan WI, 1924-2020

Sheboygan...one of the many cities from my past! The window for me to do research there both opened and closed years ago, so thank you for plugging in another hole on the map in the Great Lakes watershed. Interesting to see that National stuck around here for about as long as they did in Milwaukee! ...
by Andrew T.
01 May 2023 22:08
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: 475 Pim, Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Former Safeway Marina?
Replies: 4
Views: 1003

Re: 475 Pim, Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Former Safeway Marina?

Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is great, and it's getting better and better. In another Facebook post , I found a picture of this actual store, lurking behind a pair of gas stations. It featured a full Marina facade with upturned wings, and a wonderful googie parking-lot sign. Several 1963/64-era stores in ...
by Andrew T.
01 May 2023 20:26
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: 475 Pim, Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Former Safeway Marina?
Replies: 4
Views: 1003

475 Pim, Sault Ste. Marie, ON: Former Safeway Marina?

Several years ago, a former resident gave me a tip-off that a Marina-type Safeway store once existed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This was unexpected. Safeway didn't enter the GTA until the post-Marina era, and a Sault store would have had to have been supplied from Winnipeg if it had opened in adv...
by Andrew T.
20 Jan 2023 01:48
Forum: Announcements, FAQs, Etc.
Topic: Two chances to see me...
Replies: 6
Views: 1420

Re: Two chances to see me...

Great lecture, David! Who would've thought it would start with snuff, and lead to gardenia seeds...
by Andrew T.
12 Jan 2023 23:07
Forum: Announcements, FAQs, Etc.
Topic: Two chances to see me...
Replies: 6
Views: 1420

Re: Two chances to see me...

If only I wasn't three days away by car...sigh.

Will any of these be livestreamed or recorded?
by Andrew T.
30 Dec 2022 01:42
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Does anybody know when Kroger stopped using those cube signs?
Replies: 3
Views: 942

Re: Does anybody know when Kroger stopped using those cube signs?

FYI, that particular store was built in the 1990s, not 2007, and the sign was a carryover from a 1973 predecessor store on the same site. It was actually brought up in this thread some 13(!) years ago.

I assume the cube signs were last used in the early 1990s.
by Andrew T.
07 Dec 2022 09:37
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Brainerd, MN supermarket history
Replies: 5
Views: 3498

Re: Brainerd, MN supermarket history

Oh look, a Super Valu franchise carrying the same name as Jerry Lundegaard's Oldsmobile dealership! LOL.

You also managed to dig up an intact late-1960s National with original doors. Congrats!
by Andrew T.
04 Dec 2022 12:45
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6508

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

And here's something great I randomly stumbled upon today... https://www.mfjones.com/about/timeline/ https://www.mfjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/nvsafe4-e1543381591229.jpg A picture of the inside of the Safeway marina on 70 Court St N, taken in 1985 before the building was false-fronted and ...
by Andrew T.
03 Dec 2022 21:32
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6508

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

And here's something great I randomly stumbled upon today... https://www.mfjones.com/about/timeline/ https://www.mfjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/nvsafe4-e1543381591229.jpg A picture of the inside of the Safeway marina on 70 Court St N, taken in 1985 before the building was false-fronted and d...
by Andrew T.
30 Nov 2022 20:24
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6508

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

I don't know. This was a mall store with a unified facade, and I assume that the look was dictated by the developer.
by Andrew T.
29 Nov 2022 18:04
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 6508

Re: Thunder Bay, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1975-2019

Here's another lovely photo I was able to track down, this time through microfilm. The Loblaws (and Kmart) on 1101 Arthur Street West, upon opening in March 1972: This had to have been one of the very last Loblaws stores that opened prior to the advent of the chain's still-current "L" logo...