From the early 60s through the 1991 I lived in Georgia and Florida, and had reason to travel to surrounding states. The trading stamps that I encountered most were S&H (Green), Gold Bond, Top Value, Holden S Red, Plaid. King Korn, Quality, Greenbax,Gold Strike, and King Korn.
In the heyday of trading stamps (through the late 60s) and later, the distribution pattern I was aware of was as follows:
1. Colonial Stores in Atlanta, Middle, and North Georgia gave Gold Bond Stamps. I believe distribution stopped by the mid 70s as they converted their stores to a "no-gimmicks, no stamps, no games" discount concept, Big Star (a name they had resurrected from the 30s and 40s). I am not sure, but I believe the Colonial Stores in the Carolinas and Virginia also gave Gold Bond or S&H Green Stamps at least in some of the stores operating under that name. Sometime in the 70s Gold Bond Stamps were withdrawn from the (Atlanta) stores that had still retained the Colonial name as well. In the late 70s, the company created a new higher-end store under a variant of the Colonial name, but did not resume issuance of stamps. Stores that Colonial operated in Jacksonville, Florida (and maybe the Orlando stores) under the Big Star name were an exception to the "no stamps" rule for that chain. In those stores they issued S&H Green Stamps. I believe that since they held the franchise rights for them in that territory, Publix was precluded from issuing them there.
2. Kroger Stores (Atlanta Division) which covered Atlanta and outlying areas gave Top Value Stamps until the around summer of 1976, when they stopped issuing them in a promotion called "The Last STAMPede" which also coincided with the opening of many new superstores.
3. Winn-Dixie (Atlanta Division) which covered Atlanta, most of North Georgia, parts of West Georgia, and some areas south of Atlanta until the mid/late 60s, gave Top Value Stamps. One exception to this that I am aware of would be the stores in Athens, which although part of the Atlanta Division, gave S&H Green Stamps. The store in Elberton also gave S&H, but I'm not sure if it was part of that division or was served by the Greenville (Division) operation. Originally, the Athens stores were part of the Dixie Home Stores chain out of Greenville which gave S&H, prior to the merger with Winn Lovett to form Winn-Dixie. I believe they retained S&H in those and some other stores even after division realignments shifted some stores into the Atlanta Division. Winn-Dixie stores in western North Carolina, South Carolina, and parts of extreme Northeast Georgia (e.g., Dillard) generally gave S&H at that time. The stores I cite belonged to division bases in North Carolina and/or South Carolina. Most Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, South Alabama, and the New Orleans area gave Top Value Stamps. AFAIK, those areas quit giving stamps prior to June 1979 and maybe much earlier. A side note, the Atlanta Division (including the Athens stores) REINTRODUCED Top Value Stamps in 1977 or 1978 and continued isssuing them for several years.
3. Big Apple Markets in Atlanta, North, and Middle Georgia gave S&H Green Stamps, except for the Middle Georgia stores near Macon (and maybe elsewhere) which offered King Korn Stamps. Stamp issuance ceased with the conversion of stores to the Food Giant discount concept in the 70s. The few Big Apple locations that had not converted to Food Giant stopped issuing stamps sometime in the 70s. When Alterman Foods resurrected the Big Apple name for its food warehouse concept stores, they did not use trading stamps.
3. Piggly Wiggly Southern Stores (out of Vidalia, Georgia) had a fairly extensive network of stores in South and Middle Georgia and later expanded into North Georgia. They offered S&H Green Stamps. I believe they dropped them in the mid to late 80s, maybe later. Piggly Wiggly Carolinas stores offered Greenbax Stamps (which they owned) in Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and other markets they served. Today they offer an electronic version of their premium system rather than paper stamps. Around 1989-1991, Malone and Hyde, successor to several grocery stores in Central Florida (mostly Orlando) which had operated as part of Central Florida Supermarkets (I believe), rebranded them as Piggly Wiggly and introduced Quality Stamps. A decade or so before, some of those very same store locations, then operating under the name Fairway Markets had also issued Quality Stamps, but ceased to issue them by the early 80s. At this time I believe, but am not sure, the some of the Boogaarts stores in the same area may have issued (Quality) stamps. I do not know if and/or when these stores continued to operate or issue stamps past 1991.
5. Most Red and White Markets, in Middle (and to a lesser degree North) Georgia, South Georgia, and South Carolina offered Top Value Stamps. I'm not sure if they all stopped issuing stamps at the same time, but for the most part stamps appear to have been gone by the late 70s or maybe the early 80s.
6. Ingle's in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia at first gave Top Value Stamps. I believe they stopped issuing them in the mid 70s. At least SOME stores started issuing stamps again, but this time S&H Green Stamps, in most if not all stores, and may have continued into the 80s.
7. A&P stores in Atlanta and most of Georgia never appear to have issued stamps. Florida stores (and maybe those in Alabama and over toward New Orleans) issued Plaid Stamps. I think this stopped in the early 70s. I also believe the Upstate South Carolina stores in areas such as Abbeville may have issued Plaid Stamps at one time. I am not totally sure about anything other than the stamp situation in Georgia and Florida for A&P.
8. Big Star (out of Memphis and NOT associated with Colonial/Big Star of Atlanta) issued Quality Stamps. As recently as 1996 I was in a Big Star location in West Helena, Arkansas that still issued stamps, but I cannot speak for the issuing history or policy of the chain. It would seem logical that since the chain belonged to Malone and Hyde at the time that stamps probably were is use for quite some time.
9. When I left Florida in 1991, Publix was still issuing S&H Green Stamps. I am not sure what year they introduced them, but I believe it was in the 50s. They continued to issue them continuously until their withdrawal sometime in the 90s I believe. Once Big Star withdrew from Jacksonville or at least stopped issuing stamps there, I think Publix introduced them there as well. When Publix ceased issuing stamps, I am not sure if it was system-wide or by region. In any event, when Publix made its march outside the confines of the the State of Florida (in the early 90s), trading stamps were NOT introduced in any of the stores, at least not in Georgia.
10. Some Thriftown and Big Buy grocery stores in Georgia offered Holden S Red Stamps in the 60s and 70s. Holden S Red were also offered by a number of independent grocers and other merchants in Walton and other counties. Redemption was available at Gold Bond Stamps redemption centers.
11. I recall seeing some stores around the West Point, Georgia and Lanett, Alabama areas that offered Gold Strike Stamps back in the mid-70s. I think the stores were called Gold Bear or someo ther name incorporating the word "Bear". These same stamps were also spotted at a service station in Monroe, Georgia.
12. Added to the above mentioned issuers would be all the service stations, dry cleaners, pest control companies, car rental agencies (such as National), etc. that issued stamps up into the 70s (and even the 80s) in my area.
Sorry for this being so long-winded, but I'm trying to get it all down before the memory grows dimmer. I hope it proves of interest or use to someone.
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