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by BillyGr
20 Jan 2024 14:39
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Acme locations in Upstate NY (1979-07-03)
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Acme locations in Upstate NY (1979-07-03)

Groceteria wrote: 19 Jan 2024 19:02 No geographic conspiracy involved. I just wasn't paying close enough attention. The Watertown post has been moved.
I wasn't thinking there was one, just more of a thought I'd let you know thing :)
by BillyGr
19 Jan 2024 15:55
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: NEW: Watertown NY, 1925-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: NEW: Watertown NY, 1925-2020

Happy Friday! https://www.groceteria.com/place/new-york/watertown/ https://www.facebook.com/people/Great-American-Food-Stores/100057222379134/ Looks like Great American actually closed just before the beginning of 2020 (see post of Nov 19th, 2019 with note of only a few more days for the Watertown ...
by BillyGr
19 Jan 2024 15:48
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Acme locations in Upstate NY (1979-07-03)
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: Acme locations in Upstate NY (1979-07-03)

Interesting list, but why is this under USA Northeast, while the Watertown NY post is under USA Mid-Atlantic?

Shouldn't NY stuff be in one or the other?
by BillyGr
19 Jan 2024 15:43
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: What happened to drugstore lunch counters?
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: What happened to drugstore lunch counters?

As I understand it, some of these drugstores did not have actual pharmacies, and the lunch counters were replaced by pharmacies. (There are some CVS stores that don't have pharmacies, though mostly in tourist locations). Walgreens does this too; I went to a store in Orlando near Disney last summer ...
by BillyGr
19 Jan 2024 15:37
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears store-within-a-stores over the years
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Sears store-within-a-stores over the years

I don't know what the deal with this Sears having a " steak & seafood spectacular " thanks a group I'm in. I was intrigued and looked up to see if they had a leased meats department. No dice, but they did have a health food department run by Vitality Unlimited, with over 120 leased de...
by BillyGr
14 Jan 2024 15:09
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: "End of the line" supermarkets
Replies: 18
Views: 1709

Re: "End of the line" supermarkets

I should also mention that to Southeast, Florida Choice (owned by Kroger and eventually dismantled), The Family Mart (owned by A&P and eventually dismantled), and Big Star Markets (owned by Grand Union and eventually dismantled) should be added. Earth Fare refers to the original chain that clos...
by BillyGr
30 Dec 2023 15:34
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: A&P stores in Maine in 1990s
Replies: 13
Views: 8009

Re: A&P stores in Maine in 1990s

Original poster....yeah that was likely it...just a weird space all around. Thanks for the detailed information! Looks like that store and French Quarter LA were the two weird final locations (not in NYC) Seems to make sense, given that the town is small (still shows population around 2,000) and so...
by BillyGr
20 Dec 2023 11:52
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears store-within-a-stores over the years
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Sears store-within-a-stores over the years

I remember poking through the Ala Moana store in the early 2010s during a trip, and being impressed that they sold ukeleles (a rack or two of them--well past the time I'd have thought Chicago had any buyers dealing with stringed instruments). Wonder if the local instrument vendor was one of those c...
by BillyGr
09 Oct 2023 16:57
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Edwards in Ohio?
Replies: 4
Views: 4923

Re: Edwards in Ohio?

I worked at the Edwards store in 1983, as a cashier, when they first opened. It was the first store in the area where shoppers packed their own groceries and purchased Edwards boxes to pack them in. Around 1985 the amount of customers started dwindling as prices started to increase on products. The...
by BillyGr
18 Feb 2023 14:16
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: If you could bring a defunct store back.....
Replies: 44
Views: 33040

Re: If you could bring a defunct store back.....

Don't forget J.M. Fields 😉 OR Ames, Bradlees, Caldor, Ann & Hope, Kings, Barkers, Jamesway and probably a few more. Even something like the original Roses (which still exists but may not be quite what it was years ago). Only makes sense that it is harder for any one person to make a complete li...
by BillyGr
17 Jan 2023 18:37
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: Shop-Rite's discount dept. store division?
Replies: 7
Views: 1823

Re: Shop-Rite's discount dept. store division?

My guess is the latter (and maybe not even an agreement). It was not uncommon for an an anchor to do a "welcome" promotion when a new store entered the center. Shop-Rite was/is more a co-op than an actual chain, although they did/do have some corporate-owned stores, so a Shop-Rite-owned d...
by BillyGr
11 Dec 2022 22:12
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 1412

Re: Jubilee Foods Re: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

EDIT - OK, if I actually read one of the sites... ;) https://shopjubileefoods.com/about/ (This is the MD one) - One of the current owners previously worked for Fleming companies (that's the Kmart wholesaler) that also owned Jubilee. So, what I was trying to remember above is actually what it was! I...
by BillyGr
11 Dec 2022 12:58
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020
Replies: 9
Views: 1412

Re: Jubilee Foods Re: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

Does anyone have any background on Jubilee Foods? It was a small chain that I ran across traveling through Altoona over the years. At some point they sold out to Ahold who is using the Martins name in Altoona due to Giant Eagle also being there. The only one of the still operating Martins stores th...
by BillyGr
28 Oct 2022 11:51
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: NEW: Syracuse, 1925-2020
Replies: 3
Views: 1133

Re: NEW: Syracuse, 1925-2020

No chain seems really dominant over much of the history. A&P seems to have had an unusually small footprint compared with other markets, such as Buffalo. Up until the 70s when chains began to systematically exit markets where they were small players, it was not unusual to see chains keep a rela...
by BillyGr
04 Oct 2022 15:52
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Kroger in Washington DC
Replies: 12
Views: 10819

Re: Kroger in Washington DC

As part of my Kroger project I've done more digging and discovered the roots of this division stem from the acquisition of Food Town (not related to Lion) in 1960 followed by a rebranding in 1961. I don't know much about this Food Town but I do know they opened some stores in Washington proper, Ale...