J.W. Crook Grocery

Just added a major address list for Baltimore, including over 900 locations from 1924-1964, with a few caveats:

  • No city directories were published in Baltimore between 1942 and 1956, nor at any time after 1964. I will try at some point to “fill in” with telephone directories, but they tend to be less accurate.
  • I am temporarily missing listings for several chains (Acme, A&P, Peoples, and Eddie’s) from a couple of the later years due to my own oversight. I will correct this as soon as I can.
  • There have been significant renaming and renumbering of streets in Baltimore; I have tried to compensate for this and display the current address where possible, but I have not been able to do so in every case.

(Photo above from Enoch Pratt Free Library.)

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I spent the weekend in Baltimore. If you follow me on Twitter, you saw a pretty amazing collection of photos from around the city–not amazing because I’m such a great photographer but because there’s so much supermarket history still standing in Baltimore and so much of it is in such recognizable condition. Acme, Food Fair, A&P, Penn Fruit, and more. It’s all there. I did library research as well and there will be much more soon.

But do check out the past few days on Twitter…really.

(Photo above is from an item in the Maryland Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library.)

In addition to all of the CanCon, look for new location lists for Akron, Ohio (1961-1965) and Lowell, Massachusetts (1931-1985).

Links found along the way:

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So…a busy holiday weekend. Armed with material from this amazing resource, I have added location spreadsheets for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, and Edmonton. Photos and other material to come.

My apologies for not having appeared on the front page much lately. I have, however, been doing some pretty major upgrades behind the scenes, all of which will result in lots of new content soon. And I’ve been posting pretty regularly on Twitter, if you’re interested. the past couple of years have been really hectic, with numerous personal and professional issues, but I finally have time to get back to work. I hope you all still care!

Photo Credit:
Sherwood Park Safeway, 1961” by Jerry “Woody” from Edmonton, Canada – SHERWOOD PARK SAFEWAY FIRST SUPERMARKET NOV. 24, 1961 Uploaded by xnatedawgx. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

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More precisely, happy birthday to Groceteria.com, which was born fifteen years ago today as a post on another site. It was part of some of the earliest research that eventually became Groceteria.com. The post noted that this storefront on Irving Street in San Francisco was originally one of the earlier Safeway stores in the city and also mentioned that there had been Piggly Wiggly stores in San Francisco. Further, it suggested that there would be more to come on this subject.

Back in 1999, there was very little information online about the history of supermarkets in the US and Canada. To say that interest has grown would be an understatement. I like to think this site had some part in all that. Things have been a little less active here the past few years due to work pressures and a lot of family issues for me, but I’ve been working on things a lot more lately, adding features and content, and I hope there will be ever more new stuff in the coming months.

Thanks for stopping by.