News & Updates

These are the latest blog updates. Click on the title to read the full article.

More regular updates can be found on the Twitter Feed and the Message Board.

Fifty states. Or maybe 49…

The map is really filling in. Between online resources and a fair amount of travel, not to mention some generous assistance from a guest explorer, there are now thirty states and five provinces represented on the site. The most recent additions are as follows:

And there are a number of cities large and small, American and Canadian, in the queue, including expanded lists for Boston and Toronto, more Metro Cincinnati, Richmond and Petersburg, and more.

In fact, I have decided to set a goal of having at least one city in every state completed within the next year. That said, Alaska might be tricky as there are no real data sources online that I have found. But I’ll try! If anyone wants to help, have a look at my methodology page. It would be great to have locals (who would have access to full runs of city directories in their libraries) pitching in. And maybe I’ll waste time creating some kind of status graphic. Or not…

A little Canada, a little Colorado, a little Wisconsin…

Northern and Orman Avenues, Pueblo, Colorado.

As far as I can tell, the top right structure was the original early-1950s “pylon” Safeway. Sometime around 1965-1966, the footprint was dramatically enlarged to create a Safeway/Super S combo. The “scalloped” roof (lower right) was added to the old Safeway to create the Super S drug store and a new Marina-style Safeway was built to the left. The whole shebang closed in the mid-1980s.

The latest updates:

There will probably be more, as this is a holiday weekend in the US and I have no life.

By the way, if you’re interested in contributing content, please see my methodology page. There’s even a handy spreadsheet template.

All the cool kids are doing it.

OK, only a couple of the cool kids are doing it. But that could change…

Updates. We’ve got updates.

I’ve been neglectful about posting these here as I complete them. Here are some recent additions that you would have known about sooner if you were following @GroceteriaWeb on Twitter. It’s been a busy few months and the map is filling out nicely!

Canada:

Alberta:

Manitoba:

Ontario:

Saskatchewan:

United States:

California:

Indiana

North Carolina:

Rhode Island

South Carolina:

West Virginia:

A new look

I’m playing around with a new design for the site, as you may or may not have noticed. After eight years using the same old WordPress template, with a responsive add-on for mobile devices, I decided it was time to go with a complete responsive theme, to make the sit a little easier to deal with for users who access it on phones and tablets. This should also make for a little bit cleaner look all around, though it may never be as minimal as it was back in its first year:

Things may be odd for a few days while I fix the inevitable broken parts. Let me know if anything is seriously amiss anywhere.

The Message Board was updated a year or so back, so it won’t be changing for the foreseeable future.

The turning point (or something)

A philosophical post about the future direction of the site…

I’ve decided that the site will henceforth focus more on the store location histories and commercial archaeology aspect of things rather than on specific chain histories. I’ve been sort of focused in that direction for quite a while now anyway, so I guess this just means I’m making it more “official.” The location research has become the part I really enjoy anyway, and the chain histories are being done better in other places (heck, even Wikipedia, in some cases), so this seems like a logical way to proceed.

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