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.

We interrupt the Canadian content for a whole lot of Rhode Island, since yer humble host will be visiting the area later this week. I will have very little (if any) time for sightseeing and photos but I should at least be able to spend some time in the library updating the location data.

Lots of fresh new Canadian content coming soon, including new and expanded location lists for various cities in Ontario; expansion of the ones for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta; and new photos. Watch this space!

Until then, enjoy this photo of an A&P in Cambridge from 1996:

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.

In case you don’t follow on Twitter (and you should), I thought I would backtrack and add archived posts from the road. I may change my mind and decide this is a stupid idea. Who knows?

Former Loblaws, Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo.

New and expanded location lists:

There’s also this nifty new map to show you the geographic reach of the site.

Look for Twitter updates as I head for Southern Ontario in just a few weeks.


Big new additions: location lists for Schenectady and Troy NY, and also updated Niagara Falls and Albany lists (through 2005). Photos coming soon as are new sections for Buffalo, Rochester, and Erie PA.


More new location lists for you amusement:


More new location lists:

I have a lot more of these to add, but also hope to start adding photos again soon too.

Latest arrivals on the site: