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by BillyGr
01 May 2022 13:03
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreen Agency?
Replies: 14
Views: 1296

Re: Walgreen Agency?

Reno had a Walgreens down town in the 60's. Supposedly was there until the 80's. Then returned in the 00's. They seemed to do that in a bunch of places. I know Albany (NY) had one in downtown at one time that had closed probably even earlier than that, and they weren't in the area again until they ...
by BillyGr
14 Dec 2021 11:13
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Save-Rite Food Town name question
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Save-Rite Food Town name question

Actually, it was a joint cooperative warehousing venture that Food Town started with two other small NC chains in 1967 so they could cut ties with MDI, the large distributor. Otherwise, it was (as you mentioned) the warehouse, which they eventually bought out the other two (smaller) chains when the...
by BillyGr
13 Dec 2021 11:43
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Save-Rite Food Town name question
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Save-Rite Food Town name question

I really should read that whole book again. It’s been like 20 years. Since it lacks an index, I only found the part about the warehouse when I was skimming through tonight. I missed the one store they renamed. Thanks! You're welcome - I'm not sure how I happened to hit that part either. Seems to be...
by BillyGr
12 Dec 2021 23:09
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Save-Rite Food Town name question
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Save-Rite Food Town name question

In the book about the chain, they do mention using one store (Main St in Salisbury) and renaming it Save Rite, at least for a time. This was when they were trying out their LFPINC (Lowest Food Prices in NC) before it was expanded to all the stores, thus the name difference to make it obvious that th...
by BillyGr
21 Oct 2021 10:44
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Wal-Mart stores with old signage
Replies: 20
Views: 11162

Re: Wal-Mart stores with old signage

The Abingdon, MD store that was mentioned earlier in thread was initially up for relocation as a Supercenter. When that failed Walmart started looking at expanding the existing store. Prince Frederick opened in November 1991, and Waldorf opened a month prior to the Manassas location if you count th...
by BillyGr
08 Oct 2021 19:01
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Weis in Northern VA
Replies: 25
Views: 1107

Re: Weis in Northern VA

Yep, other end of the strip was a Kmart that closed in 2017. Was Victory Market separate from Weis or was it another Mr Zs kind of thing where Weis bought them but kept the old name for a while. If anything, this was a one off and honestly my history of the area ended in June 1980 when we moved bac...
by BillyGr
08 Oct 2021 13:49
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Weis in Northern VA
Replies: 25
Views: 1107

Re: Weis in Northern VA

now closed Stroudsburg, PA store had the same exterior (thanks to Google Street View for having older pictures to show us this store!). Was this store in the same plaza with the K-Mart? If so, it actually began life as a Victory Market back in the 70's. Yep, other end of the strip was a Kmart that ...
by BillyGr
26 Sep 2021 20:36
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Safeway locations-Oakland, Calif.-1963
Replies: 18
Views: 13771

Re: Safeway locations-Oakland, Calif.-1963

When you zoom in on the photo, it actually looks like it could be two different items. The "box" in the back and the part that looks like it is stacked may actually be supported by the metal posts just in front of it (from the view of the photographer). The wooden? part that sits farther b...
by BillyGr
26 Sep 2021 20:24
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Mystery store, 500 Park Ave, Beausejour, MB
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Mystery store, 500 Park Ave, Beausejour, MB

proves that the building is a former supermarket, and it operated as a Shop-Easy store as late as 2009. Shop-Easy is a chain name that came up during my Thunder Bay research, and I *thought* it had gone totally defunct in the 1970s...but this wouldn't be the first time I had my preconceptions chall...
by BillyGr
03 Sep 2021 20:27
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: A Little Help?
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: A Little Help?

eltf177 wrote: 03 Sep 2021 19:39 Thanks for the info. But never heard of Foodarama either, looks like I have more research to do...
http://www.fdrama.com/ - This has history on that chain (and when first opening it mentions buying Basics).
by BillyGr
03 Sep 2021 16:47
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: A Little Help?
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: A Little Help?

I found a 1990 WASHINGTON POST article about the top 10 grocers in the DC area (Giant and Safeway were #'s 1 and 2; surprise surprise!). Number 9 was Basics (3 stores) while Number 10 was Dayton/Mitchell Thriftways (also 3 stores). I've never heard of either. There's a post here that says Basics wa...
by BillyGr
09 Aug 2021 13:08
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?

I vaguely remember seeing signage (though I think the store was closed by that point) many years ago outside the Pittsfield (MA) area (more like Lenox) of what looked like a Pathmark store, so those drugstore only ones may have spread a bit further than the actual supermarkets ever did. Speaking of...
by BillyGr
09 Aug 2021 10:52
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?

I vaguely remember seeing signage (though I think the store was closed by that point) many years ago outside the Pittsfield (MA) area (more like Lenox) of what looked like a Pathmark store, so those drugstore only ones may have spread a bit further than the actual supermarkets ever did. Being as far...
by BillyGr
06 Aug 2021 16:33
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: 2 Pathmark stores right next to each other?

Looks like they just split the store into two different buildings - probably a lack of one large enough space (which is often an issue in more populous areas). The white fronted section is the supermarket, the brick part is the pharmacy. Not sure what that 2nd photo (the one with all the constructio...
by BillyGr
18 Jul 2021 07:42
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart checkouts over the years
Replies: 21
Views: 8316

Re: Kmart checkouts over the years

No, it was not the RX symbol. Someone had an example posted. https://imgur.com/gallery/0iXLmZ5 Interesting this receipt says "Payless Drugs NW." Their receipts in CA just said Payless Drug but looked exactly the same. Also the "2830" after Renton, WA would be the store number (w...