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NEW: Bridgeport CT, 1925-1985

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Re: NEW: Bridgeport CT, 1925-1985

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Didn't realize Shop-Rite was in Ct. as early as 1972.
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Re: NEW: Bridgeport CT, 1925-1985

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Shop-Rite dates back to at least 1960 in Connecticut & Massachusetts, through Mott's which had the largest market share in Greater Hartford during the 60s and 70s.
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rich wrote: 04 Nov 2020 14:31 Shop-Rite dates back to at least 1960 in Connecticut & Massachusetts, through Mott's which had the largest market share in Greater Hartford during the 60s and 70s.
The only ShopRite stuff I've seen in MA is a couple of their Price Rite locations (Pittsfield and West Springfield) - Pittsfield was another type of store, not sure if West Springfield might have been a ShopRite at one point, being fairly close to Hartford.
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Re: NEW: Bridgeport CT, 1925-1985

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It's difficult to get history on Mott's, but they date back to at least 1960 as a Shop-Rite chain. They dominated Hartford/Central Connecticut during the 70s and 80s which was a very competitive marketplace (Finast did well there and Food Mart was their closest competitor, plus there was Stop & Shop, A&P and several smaller local operators like Frank's and Geisler's [still around], Fitzgerald's, and Top Notch), and went into decline somewhere in the 90s. A few old Mott's are Price-Rites and I would imagine that they ran short of capital (or perhaps front office interest/ability) and failed to build bigger stores and meet changes in the marketplace.
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