Lest we make the mistake of thinking that the controversy over Thanksgiving opening hours is a new one, may I offer the following ads from the 26 November 1964 Greensboro Record. Apparently the issue was far from settled even fifty years ago. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving to the Americans who are celebrating it this week.

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Groceteria is on a road trip through southern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Washington DC. And I’m live tweeting pictures from the road as I run across interesting stores. Follow me on Twitter if you want to see them pretty much as I do. Or wait for the full photo library to be posted a little while after I get home.

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Need that extra Groceteria fix? Follow @GroceteriaWeb on Twitter. Come along on road trips and see random articles and items of interest. Interact.

It will be fun.

Come on. You know you want to. If you’re scared, you can slwasy follow the feed in the right column on the front page of the site as well. But that won’t be as much fun…

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More precisely, happy birthday to Groceteria.com, which was born fifteen years ago today as a post on another site. It was part of some of the earliest research that eventually became Groceteria.com. The post noted that this storefront on Irving Street in San Francisco was originally one of the earlier Safeway stores in the city and also mentioned that there had been Piggly Wiggly stores in San Francisco. Further, it suggested that there would be more to come on this subject.

Back in 1999, there was very little information online about the history of supermarkets in the US and Canada. To say that interest has grown would be an understatement. I like to think this site had some part in all that. Things have been a little less active here the past few years due to work pressures and a lot of family issues for me, but I’ve been working on things a lot more lately, adding features and content, and I hope there will be ever more new stuff in the coming months.

Thanks for stopping by.

Quick update just to let you know that I’m in the process of adding Google Street View links to all the address spreadsheets. This is an automated process so not all of them are going to work perfectly, but it should still be a nice addition to the site.

I hope to finish up this weekend. You can see a few completed lists here, here, and here.