Pasadena Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1971

This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Pasadena and Altadena between 1925 and 1971, complied from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. It is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.

Access and download the location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.


  • The first Trader Joe’s location opened at 610 S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena in 1968.
  • The Southern California Market Basket chain was also established in Pasadena in about 1930.
  • Pasadena would be home to the final store in the HOWS chain, founded by the former owner of Hughes Markets, until its closure in 2014.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • Albertsons
  • MacMarr
  • Market Basket
  • Pantry
  • Pay N’ Takit
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Ralphs
  • Safeway
  • Shopping Bag
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Vons