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by pseudo3d
12 Feb 2021 11:40
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: Was "Skaggs Alpha Beta" used in California?
Replies: 7
Views: 2522

Was "Skaggs Alpha Beta" used in California?

Let me get this straight regarding the history of Alpha Beta, just so I'm covering all the bases: From what I gather from Wikipedia and other sources, Alpha Beta from the early 1960s to the late 1970s was owned by pre-Skaggs American Stores and was basically the West Coast counterpart to ACME and sh...
by pseudo3d
08 Feb 2021 09:08
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Comprehensive list of Kmart locations
Replies: 26
Views: 3856

Re: Comprehensive list of Kmart locations

I'll have to look it up again, but I'm pretty sure that for American Fare, the store was closed and renovated into a traditional Kmart, while the grocery side became Cub Foods (which operated in Georgia under a franchise). I'm not sure when they closed. An article I found mentioned the GA Cub Foods ...
by pseudo3d
05 Feb 2021 08:42
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart and Safeway 1998
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Kmart and Safeway 1998

It seems like the only synergy would have been on the distribution side because KMart didn't have a strong distribution network on the grocery side of the business and Safeway obviously did. This would have allowed KMart to try and catch up with WalMart at a faster pace. It still would've been a ha...
by pseudo3d
04 Feb 2021 08:38
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart and Safeway 1998
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Kmart and Safeway 1998

This June 1999 article reports on rumors of Safeway being interested in KMart FWIW https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1999-jun-19-fi-48004-story.html I think I also read rumors of a Carrefour/Kmart merger. The idea of Safeway pulling Kmart along would've been bad IF it was under "centrali...
by pseudo3d
11 Jan 2021 18:30
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears Bakery/Deli/Cafe (1990)
Replies: 3
Views: 1442

Sears Bakery/Deli/Cafe (1990)

While doing research for something else, an intriguing entry under the Restaurants section of the Yellow Pages of Waco, Texas stuck out..."Sears Bakery Deli Cafe", at the same address of the Sears in Richland Mall (which closed a few years back). I know Sears had candy and popcorn counters...
by pseudo3d
16 Dec 2020 01:37
Forum: History: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreen Agency?
Replies: 14
Views: 1438

Re: Walgreen Agency?

I have seen a few older pictures of west coast cities with Walgreens signs in them, these must have been the agency stores. Walgreens wasn't common here until about the mid-late 1990s. Not to say that there weren't "agency" stores on the west coast (there probably were)but Walgreens actua...
by pseudo3d
30 Nov 2020 12:02
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Selah Safeway
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: Selah Safeway

Eastern Washington, small town called Selah outside of Yakima, Safeway opened a 11,000 square foot store in 1980. The front of the store featured a bold awning that was popular for many years and remains today. The interior and departments were simple and nimble, like a number of other Safeways tha...
by pseudo3d
30 Nov 2020 11:40
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Hinky Dinky and Supermarkets Interstate
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

Re: Hinky Dinky and Supermarkets Interstate

I hopped down a rabbit hole and found something interesting--apparently Hinky Dinky (chain from Omaha) has their employee newsletters digitized. I'm intrigued by one aspect of their business--they figured out in the 1960s how to expand by leasing the food store operations for discount stores which ...
by pseudo3d
24 Aug 2020 07:16
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Comprehensive list of Kmart locations
Replies: 26
Views: 3856

Re: Comprehensive list of Kmart locations

I think I had seen somewhere that 4000 was for early 1970s stores, and was perplexed when I found 4xxx stores that were clearly from 1990s. Of all the retail and restaurant companies, I think Kmart's makes one of the least sense.
by pseudo3d
06 Aug 2020 19:26
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: "Grandma" at 125
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: "Grandma" at 125

I think that A&P could've saved itself by focusing more on the acquisitions they had, and by the early 1980s, Kroger was buying Dillon Cos., which added some decidedly non-Kroger names to their portfolio. Their purchase of Borman's in Michigan gave them Farmer Jack, which they eventually rebrand...
by pseudo3d
29 Jul 2020 17:41
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: "Grandma" at 125
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: "Grandma" at 125

Was Super Fresh only in New Jersey by that point? There were Super Fresh-branded stores in Louisiana but that may have come later. I wonder why Richmond's is unique as a "free-standing division". It wasn't because it was it was isolated, for sure, as Michigan, Atlanta, and New Orleans were...
by pseudo3d
20 May 2020 01:18
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Collecting detailed info on individual stores with Bluepages
Replies: 2
Views: 1129

Re: Collecting detailed info on individual stores with Bluepages

It's a cool concept. At the same time, I've given up on simply contributing to wikis (used to be a big fan of Wikimapia, though even that hasn't seen much activity lately) because information gets replicated, changed, you have to deal with trolls and psycho moderators, and continues to actively harm...
by pseudo3d
20 Apr 2020 03:45
Forum: History: USA Southwest and Hawaii (Excluding California)
Topic: Sneak Preview: Houston, 1925-1982
Replies: 1
Views: 531

Re: Sneak Preview: Houston, 1925-1982

A Houston library card allows you to access Chron's microfilms, which does fill in a lot of gaps. I can't say for sure about Safeway abandoning stores en masse in the 1970s (there were stores in the 1980s that closed, and in case, closed and reopened a few years later), but Kroger also had a fair am...
by pseudo3d
07 Apr 2020 12:59
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: American Stores-era ACME history
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: American Stores-era ACME history

That wasn't it. Besides, none of the website links even on Archive.org seem to work without dozens of redirects.

I'm thinking maybe the original article linked above was it, anything bigger than that was a figment of my imagination.
by pseudo3d
17 Mar 2020 00:41
Forum: History: Outside the USA and Canada
Topic: Safeway Europe and Australia
Replies: 10
Views: 21929

Re: Safeway Europe and Australia

Is there a good reason why Safeway's UK division skipped France, Belgium, and Netherlands, and went straight to West Germany for expansion? Safeway's U.S. divisions tended to be centered around major areas and then slowly diffused out to counties beyond the "core city".