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by Ephrata1966
13 Nov 2017 04:37
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: W T Grant
Replies: 62
Views: 35054

Re: W T Grant

There was a "mini-mall" (which has long since been de-malled) in Northwest Houston called North Oaks Mall that opened in 1971 anchored by both Grant City and a TG&Y Family Center. The former Grants became a Target in 1976. Sometime after Target relocated (in 2002) the space was split i...
by Ephrata1966
11 Nov 2017 01:37
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 18256

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

The Mid-City area where this store was located is a high crime area. It just isn't safe, and attracts a really bad element. The French Quarter store survives because it's the only full service supermarket in the French Quarter area of town. It's also a novelty destination store; it gets a lot of no...
by Ephrata1966
11 Nov 2017 00:47
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 18256

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

That Albertsons is on Jefferson Davis Parkway. It was just in a really bad location, and nobody could have made it work. It was fairly new when it closed. The gas station in front isn't the original one. The original one was a tiny station with a small kiosk. The current is an On The Run Exxon with...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 22:54
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 18256

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

Albertsons didn't work in New Orleans because they couldn't customize enough to satisfy the locals. Plain and simple; if I can go to Dorignac's or Zuppardo's and get the local stuff I want, but can't get it at Albertsons, I'm not going to Albertsons. Also, their prices were significantly higher tha...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 22:39
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 21148

Re: Kroger Family Centers

What do you mean by "original" here? Also do you know what the criteria was that was used to decide which TG&Y stores were closed in 1986 and which ones were spared? Original, as in pre-1986, before McCrory truly assimilated the chain. Some TG&Y stores were open until McCrory fold...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 19:35
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar
Replies: 48
Views: 18256

Re: A&P "Centennial" Stores Still Housing Supermar

Did A&P have any Centennial-style stores in New Orleans? If so, I'm thinking at least one must survive as either Rouses or Breaux Mart. Even though Rouses bought the tiny, historic A&P in the French Quarter, they rejected at least one A&P that was for sale (this one was a non-Centennial ...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 18:58
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 21148

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Most of the original TG&Y stores in Texas closed in 1986. A good number of the leases were bought out by Weiner's of Houston, and that stretched at least as far north as Longview and Marshall, as both stores there were converted to that nameplate. What do you mean by "original" here? ...
by Ephrata1966
10 Nov 2017 18:49
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Safeway in Shreveport
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Safeway in Shreveport

Here's a Safeway commercial from the early-mid 80's that I'm assuming was aired nationally (but perhaps not in Hawaii, for obvious reasons) but was uploaded to YouTube after being recorded onto a home VHS tape from a TV channel in Shreveport: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P6EVq6wdIbU By the way, whe...
by Ephrata1966
14 Oct 2017 21:26
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 21148

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Question for wnetmacman: are you sure the former Kroger in Spring would have been expanded at some point? Looking in Bing Maps, the store doesn't look bigger than a normal Kroger superstore. And would it make sense to you if the Burke's Outlet would have been a TG&Y? I find it a bit odd that the...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 01:21
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Pantry Pride in Richmond, VA
Replies: 7
Views: 3793

Re: Pantry Pride in Richmond, VA

Richmond is a confusing place when it comes to studying what became what. It always seems to be one of those "except" places (like Food Lion buying Hannaford, except in Richmond, which went to Kroger, or Big Star/Grand Union selling Virginia stores to Food Lion/Harris Teeter, except in Ri...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 00:25
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Could this be a former Safeway Marina in Richmond, VA?
Replies: 7
Views: 3284

Re: Could this be a former Safeway Marina in Richmond, VA?

Oh, and yes, Food Fair was pretty big in Richmond at one time, coming to town around 1960. It's one of the stores I remember most going to as a kid. But, since we here in Richmond like to screw up all of the conventional wisdom regarding how chains disappeared, after the name change to Pantry Pride...
by Ephrata1966
10 Oct 2017 00:13
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 21148

Re: Kroger Family Centers

Hey... it just occurred to me that both Kroger and TG&Y experimented with stores called "family center" during the same period and in the same regions. Which chain did it first? I'm surprised the two companies didn't fight with one another over exclusive rights to this phrase. There us...
by Ephrata1966
29 Jun 2017 00:27
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: Kmart 2000 closures
Replies: 21
Views: 5536

Re: Kmart 2000 closures

I can name one of the stores closed in 2000... it was on Torresdale Avenue in North Philadelphia, PA. I'm not sure if it really was any better when the Kmart (and neighboring Acme) opened in 1976, but by the time they both closed in 2000, the surrounding neighborhood had become really bad. In fact t...
by Ephrata1966
13 Jun 2017 19:32
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center
Replies: 67
Views: 41856

Re: 2 Supermarkets In One Shopping Center

I believe the fully built-out version of City Line Center in Philadelphia (now called City Avenue) had both an Acme and a Penn Fruit. The center opened with and Acme where the Dollar Tree is now located. I have a feeling it eventually relocated to the current Sears Hardware space, but I'm not sure....
by Ephrata1966
25 May 2017 21:57
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Which Chicagoland supermarket suffered the most under new ownership?
Replies: 14
Views: 1627

Re: Which Chicagoland supermarket suffered the most under new ownership?

Question for rvwalton: would you agree with me that the Jewel at Dixie Square Mall would have likely closed anyway even if the mall had stayed open? Even if the mall had been doing perfectly fine, I still think Jewel would have closed circa 1979. I couldn't see it lasting much longer than that, perh...

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