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by Super S
03 Jul 2018 01:04
Forum: History: USA California
Topic: What is the oldest Safeway in operation?
Replies: 11
Views: 4329

Re: What is the oldest Safeway in operation?

Question posed: what is the oldest Safeway in operation? To meet this criteria, I'm looking for stores with minimal remodels, but the oldest one, total, without extensive closures and especially not being demolished and rebuilt. I know that there's many from the 1960s still in S.F., and the oldest ...
by Super S
17 Jun 2018 12:14
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: Vancouver, WA Tower Mall Safeway
Replies: 1
Views: 1465

Vancouver, WA Tower Mall Safeway

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/jun/17/shopping-new-face-tower-mall-vancouver/ I know the article is more focused on the Tower Mall property itself, but I posted here because it contains a couple of good photos of the Safeway store in the mall when it was open and has an interior shot as well (wi...
by Super S
12 May 2018 21:45
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?
Replies: 3
Views: 4722

Re: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?

What about the Kmart at 122nd & Sandy (#4288)? Not sure what year it opened, but it is an older store... This store opened on 3/25/71. This is a very tough question: when did K-Mart first come to Portland, OR? The locations: *13750 S.E. Johnson Rd., Milwaukie, OR (opened c. 1968-70) *2315 S.E. 82nd...
by Super S
11 May 2018 00:53
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Are there any older-style Taco Bells left in the US?
Replies: 5
Views: 1247

Re: Are there any older-style Taco Bells left in the US?

Andrew T. wrote:
I liked the old signs better. Brown makes me think of tacos. Purple makes me think of hallucinogenic drugs.
I have to agree...the purple logo I always thought looked a bit weird for a taco restaurant. The new logo, while still using purple, is slightly better in my opinion.
by Super S
09 May 2018 01:12
Forum: History: Department Store Chains
Topic: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?
Replies: 3
Views: 4722

Re: When Did K-Mart First Come to Portland, OR?

What about the Kmart at 122nd & Sandy (#4288)? Not sure what year it opened, but it is an older store...
by Super S
09 May 2018 00:24
Forum: History: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Are there any older-style Taco Bells left in the US?
Replies: 5
Views: 1247

Re: Are there any older-style Taco Bells left in the US?

I THINK there may be one left in operation in the Pacific Northwest, either in the Portland area or the Seattle-Tacoma area. I can't recall exactly where but I seem to remember one still open as a Taco Bell within the past year. I do know of one that still has the brown sign...kind of. The Kelso, WA...
by Super S
22 Apr 2018 11:10
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: Lewis County Mall, Chehalis, WA
Replies: 2
Views: 3082

Re: Lewis County Mall, Chehalis, WA

I did a little research and found that it opened in 1974 with Sears and Value Giant at the initial anchors. Value Giant was the discount department store division of Castle & Cooke, parent company of the Dole Food Co. Their stores were primarily in Northern California, but there were a couple in Or...
by Super S
13 Apr 2018 09:12
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: UPC codes & grocery scanning
Replies: 86
Views: 39748

Re: UPC codes & grocery scanning

I stumbled across these photos today. They appear to be of an early design for scanners installed at a Kroger in 1972-1973. Evidently the 'bulls-eye" sticker could be scanned at the register. http://idhistory.com/rca/Kroger%20Kenwood%20Supermarket%20-%20%201972-73%20photos.pdf Also an image here of...
by Super S
11 Mar 2018 23:05
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: Lewis County Mall, Chehalis, WA
Replies: 2
Views: 3082

Lewis County Mall, Chehalis, WA

I recently stopped at the closing Sears in Chehalis, WA and took a walk through this mall. There isn't much of anything left as far as retail in the mall as it is mostly offices now. It won't really qualify as a mall any more when Sears is gone. I am curious about the history of the mall. I know tha...
by Super S
11 Oct 2017 15:56
Forum: History: USA Southeast
Topic: Kroger Family Centers
Replies: 68
Views: 29500

Re: Kroger Family Centers

With Kmart, the actual name wasn't Big K, but Big Kmart. They never marketed it as Big K, as that could have caused problems. There were three names at the time that appeared on stores: Kmart, Big Kmart and Super Kmart (originally Super Kmart Center). Each represented a differently marketed store (...
by Super S
02 Oct 2017 23:32
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: domed/arched roofs non-aesthetic purpose?
Replies: 4
Views: 1270

Re: domed/arched roofs non-aesthetic purpose?

I have also seen a number of early Kmart stores which had a dome shape to the roof, but are hidden inside by suspended ceilings.
by Super S
08 Sep 2017 18:26
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: South Shore Mall, Aberdeen, WA history
Replies: 5
Views: 3707

Re: South Shore Mall, Aberdeen, WA history

I am still curious though where Emporium operated. Troutman's Emporium was based out of Eugene, Oregon. They operated primarily in WA, OR, and ID, but also had two strip mall stores in NV (Elko and Winnemucca), plus one in Chico, CA. The Chico store was just called "Troutman's" because of the exist...
by Super S
03 Sep 2017 10:55
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Is It True Fred Meyer Dropped the MY-TE-FINE Brand in 1987?
Replies: 3
Views: 1955

Re: Is It True Fred Meyer Dropped the MY-TE-FINE Brand in 1987?

That sounds about right. We only occasionally shopped at Fred Meyer when I lived in Boise, which had only opened a full-line store a couple years prior and at that time was still operating two former Grand Central stores without food departments. I moved to WA in 1988 and remember the name was not ...
by Super S
01 Sep 2017 10:51
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Is It True Fred Meyer Dropped the MY-TE-FINE Brand in 1987?
Replies: 3
Views: 1955

Re: Is It True Fred Meyer Dropped the MY-TE-FINE Brand in 1987?

That sounds about right. We only occasionally shopped at Fred Meyer when I lived in Boise, which had only opened a full-line store a couple years prior and at that time was still operating two former Grand Central stores without food departments. I moved to WA in 1988 and remember the name was not o...
by Super S
01 Sep 2017 10:43
Forum: History: Shopping Centers
Topic: South Shore Mall, Aberdeen, WA history
Replies: 5
Views: 3707

Re: South Shore Mall, Aberdeen, WA history

The big gaping hole was indeed a Kmart that closed in 2003. There was a second mall in Aberdeen called Wishkah Mall, which was anchored by Lamont's, Ernst, and Top Foods. That mall was torn down in 2000 except for the Lamont's (by then a Gottschalks, now a Ross) and Top Foods (which stayed until 20...