Greensboro Chain Grocers, 1928-1980

  • This spreadsheet covers the Greensboro city limits only. Although some suburban locations may be included, it is not meant to cover all suburban stores in the area.
  • The spreadsheet is only designed for accuracy through 1980. Stores open after this date may not be included. The 1999 column is primarily for reference as to the current occupants and status of older stores, although some newer ones may be included.
  • Listings are compiled from Greensboro city directories, with various newspaper articles, property records, and personal knowledge as auxiliary sources.
  • Updated February 2007.
Number Street 1928 1930 1935 1940 1947 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 2007 Notes
1023 Alamance Church                         Food Lion  
600 Ashe     A&P A&P A&P               Demolished 600-604.
604 Ashe   A&P                     Demolished  
824 Ashe     W&M                   Demolished  
110 Asheboro           A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P       Built 1948. A&P at 110-118 in 1946 per ad.
416 Asheboro   A&P A&P A&P A&P               Demolished  
422 Asheboro   Pender                     Demolished  
500 Asheboro   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                 Demolished  
605 Asheboro             Colonial Colonial Colonial   Bi-Rite FoodRite Demolished COL open 2/17/59.
1106 Asheboro   A&P A&P                   Demolished 1106 (1930), 1108 (1935).
2031 Asheboro               Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger   Open 2/2/60. Kroger closed 1980.
441 Battleground   Pender                        
1304 Battleground   Ivory Ivory                   Demolished  
1614 Battleground               Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie     Demolished Announced 1/21/55, to open in summer as Dixie Home.
1724 Battleground             Colonial Colonial Colonial Colonial     Subdivided Open 1951.
2437 Battleground                 A&P A&P A&P FoodRite Fleet-Plummer Hardware Open 8/19/63.
2803 Battleground                   Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Ross Dress for Less Open 9/30/69.
2965 Battleground                       Kroger Earth Fare Built 1979. Kroger relocated to 3357 in 1985. HT open 1987 or 1988. HT relocated to 3357 in 1999.
3357 Battleground                         Harris Teeter Kroger open 1985. HT 7/99.
3780 Battleground                            
432 Bellemeade               Kroger Kroger       Demolished Open 6/28/55.
301 Bennett     W&M                      
2303 Bessemer E               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite Subdivided Built 1954.
937 Best                   Bi-Rite        
1206 Bridford                           Kroger >> HT 6/30/99.
3401 Burlington               Clark’s Clark’s Clark’s Cook’s     Food center operated under Clark’s name by Colonial as of 1970
682 Cardinal Crossing                            
1911 Chapman S                         Food Lion  
1912 Chapman S                   A&P A&P Food Town Big Lots Open 1968.
2011 Church N     Ivory Ivory                 Demolished  
2710 Church N                         Vacant Kroger >> HT open 6/23/99.
106 College               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Big Dogs Built 1956.
609 College                     Colonial Big Star Demolished? Per Wayne Henderson.
706 College                 Piggly Wiggly Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Demolished Bi-Rite 1966. Closed 1981.
225 Commerce       A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P     Offices First A&P supermarket. Opened 3/10/38, and reopened 6/16/47 following 7/46 fire. 221-225. Closed 2/21/73.
1421 Cone E                   Zayre Zayre Zayre Vacant  
1471 Cone E                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Vacant Open 1/17/61. Re-located to former Zayre within same center in 12/94.
2011 Cone E                       Big Star Demolished Open 1976. Closed prior to 1988. Demolished early 2007.
102 Davie N   Pender                     Demolished  
206 Elm N     Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                 Demolished  
212 Elm N     A&P                   Demolished Vintage picture on file.
378 Elm N   Pender                     Demolished Per Wayne Henderson.
388 Elm N   Ivory Ivory Ivory                 Demolished  
390 Elm N   A&P A&P   Dixie Home               Demolished Bishop Block. Dixie Home 1947 per ad.
608 Elm N   Pender Pender                   Fisher’s Built 1929.
612 Elm N Pender Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                 Downtown Fitness Built 1929. 612 (1928-1935), 610 (1940).
2100 Elm N             U-Save-It U-Save-It U-Save-It U-Save-It U-Save-It U-Save-It Demolished? Affiliated w/ Red & White 12/10/59. Vintage picture availalble.
332 Elm S   A&P A&P                   Demolished First A&P in Greensboro (1910) at 326.
516 Elm S     Pender                   Browsery Antiques Built 1899.
518 Elm S     Ivory                   Browsery Antiques Built 1899.
526 Elm S   A&P A&P A&P A&P               Hampton Antiques Built 1925.
612 Elm S   Pender                        
872 Elm S   Pender                     Demolished  
811 Florida W               Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie     Subdivided Open 3/28/57. Planned as Dixie Home.
500 Four Seasons Mall                     Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie CompUSA  
1205 Fourth             Big Bear             Built 1951. Open 9/15/55. Had been Proximity Mercantile. Closed 1959.
2017 Freeman Mill             Bi-Rite           Somewhere Else Tavern  
3408 Freeman Mill                   Bi-Rite       Same location as 2008 W. Vandalia.
600 Friendly Center               Colonial Colonial Colonial Big Star Big Star Demolished Demolished 1996 for new Belk Department Store. Relocated next to Friendly Center.
710 Friendly Center                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Demolished Open 1/9/62. Demolished 1999.
1607 Friendly W             Colonial Piggly Wiggly Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite FoodRite Jake’s Billiards Built 1938. 1607-1609. COL closed 1957? PW open 2/26/59. Bi-Rite open 10/4/62.
1618 Friendly W     Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                 Demolished Apparently demolished 1964. Check.
5605 Friendly W                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie   Fresh Market WD open 10/29/62. Closed 1979. BW open 1980 or 1981. Closed 1984.
5705 Friendly W               Piggly Wiggly           5707 still standing, built in 1954.
1310 Glenwood   A&P                        
1320 Glenwood       Butler’s Butler’s Butler’s Butler’s Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway   Open 1938. Enlarged 1950. Enlarged/renamed 12/13/55.
1402 Glenwood     W&M                      
2208 Golden Gate                 Kroger Kroger Food Town Food Town Food Lion Open 3/16/61.
2268 Golden Gate Center                 A&P A&P A&P Bestway Harris Teeter A&P open 3/16/61. Bestway closed 1986.
900 Gorrell       Essa’s Essa’s Essa’s Essa’s Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite     Demolished Open 1935. Renamed/enlarged 1955. Enlarged 1/22/59.
335 Greene N           Colonial Colonial           Demolished Demolished 1990s
4364 Hicone                            
2924 High Point               Colonial Colonial Colonial     Subdivided Open 1/28/59. Relocated to 3020.
3006 High Point             Ivory Ivory Piggly Wiggly         Built 1950. Ivory Store elarged 2/12/58. Red & White open 5/24/62. PW open 1963-1968.
3020 High Point                     Big Star Big Star Office Depot Open 1972. Orginally connected with Cook’s Dept. Store (but was operated by Colonial under Cook’s name). Operated briefly as Colonial. Relocated from 2924.
3604 High Point                       Family Mart Bed Bath & Beyond FM owned by A&P. Became Kroger early 1985. Kroger closed late 1990s. BBY address 3508.
3701 High Point                   Zayre Zayre Zayre Vacant Open 1969.
3715 High Point                     Big Star   Subdivided Open 1969.
3841 High Point                     Winn-Dixie   Subdivided Open 1971.
3900 High Point                       Memco Furniture Open 1980. Closed by 1983.
4215 High Point                       Kroger Doll Market Food World as of 4/20/85.
4607 High Point                   Big Bear Food World Food World Hancock Fabrics Open 1969. Food World 1970. Relocated to 4215 in 1984.
4703 High Point               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Western Auto Western Auto La Familia Furniture Open 10/1/59. Had been Matlock’s. Relocated to 4711.
4711 High Point                     Bestway Bestway Latin Asian Farmers Market Relocated from 4703. Closed 1986.
5710 High Point                         Harris Teeter  
3219 Holden S                       Food Town Food Lion Open 1976.
3721 Holden S                         Vacant  
2138 Lawndale           Ralph’s Food Palace Ralph’s           Balance Day Spa Open 1948. Burned 1954. Reopened 3/23/55.
2190 Lawndale             Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Food World Food World Kerr Drug Open 3/23/54. Still BB in 1973, FW as of 1974, per ads. FW as of 4/20/85.
3708 Lawndale                   Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Fresh Market Listed as 3700 in 1960. Peeler’s Bi-Rite open 9/26/57. Fresh Market open 1982.
3714 Lawndale                       Food Town Vacant Open 1976. Closed 2/8/07. To be demolished 2007.
4709 Lawndale                         Food Lion FL open 2/9/07.
431 Lee W   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                   Demolished  
831 Lee W   Ivory                        
834 Lee W   Pender                        
901 Lee W   A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P             Goodwin Upholstering Relocated to 907.
907 Lee W             A&P A&P A&P A&P     U-Haul Built 1954. Relocated from 901.
1613 Lee W   Pender Pender                   Demolished  
1316 Lee’s Chapel                         Food Lion  
259 Market E   Pender Pender                   Demolished  
614 Market E   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                 Demolished  
721 Market E                     A&P   Demolished Open 1967. Demolished late 1990s.
809 Market E   Pender Pender                   Demolished  
823 Market E   A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P             Demolished  
2316 Market E                         Food Lion  
220 Market W   A&P A&P                      
408 Market W                           Big Star 1937 per ad.
708 Market W   Pender Pender                   QLounge  
710 Market W   A&P A&P                   Bijan’s Salon  
712 Market W     Ivory Ivory                 Penland Custom Frames  
2024 Market W           U-Save-It U-Save-It              
3950 Market W                     Kroger Kroger Aaron Rents Furniture Open 1973. First Kroger Superstore.
4624 Market W                         Shoe Market Open 1981 as Food World. FW as of 4/20/85. Relocated to 4640 6/23/99.
4640 Market W                     Kmart Food? Food Town/Kmart Harris Teeter Open 1972. Connected to K-mart. Relocated to 4655 late 1990s. Both stores combined to form Kroger, which became Harris-Teeter 6/23/99.
4653 Market W                 Big Bear Big Bear Food World Food World Marshall’s BB open 3/3/64. 4649-4653. Called FW by 1973.
4655 Market W                 King’s King’s King’s King’s Food Lion Kroger open 1984. Food Lion relocated from 4640, and Kroger relocated TO 4640, c. 1996.
120 Meadowview W                         Food Lion  
429 Meadowview W                   A&P A&P Food World Save-a-Lot Open 1967. FW as of 4/20/85.
209 Paisley   A&P A&P                   Demolished  
1528 Phillips                   Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Vacant Built 1966.
2500 Phillips                     Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Demolished Open 1971.
2521 Phillips                         Vacant  
2509 Pleasant Garden                       Bi-Rite   2509 or 2909. Open 1954.
2909 Pleasant Garden                   Bi-Rite       2509 or 2909. Open 1954.
2212 Randleman                 Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite Vacant Open 11/2/61.
2321 Randleman                           Built 1965. Check older occs.
2401 Randleman                   Kmart Food Kmart Food Food Town Greensboro Antique Mall Open 1967.
2920 Randleman                       FoodRite Subdivided FR closed 1984. HT open 1989. Closed 2006.
3002 Randleman                         ACE Hardware  
3228 Randleman                         Food Lion  
1214 Spring Garden   A&P A&P A&P                 Demolished  
1304 Spring Garden   Pender Pender                   Demolished  
1615 Spring Garden             Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger Monnett Carpets Monnett Carpets CVS Open 1952. Closed 1973 or 1974.
1837 Spring Garden     W&M                      
3011 Spring Garden               Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Bestway Bestway Subdivided WD open 6/18/57. Bestway open as late as 1986, maybe longer. Listed as 3109 in 1960.
401 State     A&P A&P A&P                 Built 1931.
235 Summit   A&P                        
407 Summit     Pender                   Demolished  
412 Summit   A&P A&P A&P Dixie Home               Demolished Dixie Home 1947 per ad.
505 Summit   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                   Demolished  
509 Summit     W&M                   Demolished  
944 Summit           A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P Bi-Rite Advance Auto Open 1950.
1040 Summit               Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Food World Food World Compare Foods Big Bear open 11/10/59. Still BB in 1973, FW as of 1974, per ads. FW as of 4/20/85.
330 Tate Pender                       Sisters Jewelry & Gifts Per Wayne Henderson.
403 Tate   Ivory Ivory Ivory       Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite College Mart Built 1928. Combined with 405 sometime after 1935. New facade, mid 1970s. Drastic interior remodel mid 1980s.
405 Tate     A&P                   College Mart Built 1928. Combined with 403 sometime after 1935.
2008 Vandalia W                     Bestway Bestway Wickstead Foreign Car Same location as 3408 Freeman Mill.
610 Walker     Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory         Subdivided 612 (1935-1941). Built 1925. Relocated to 2121 in 1958.
950 Walker   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly               New York Pizza New York Pizza Was Talbert’s in 1941, Matlocks’ in 1948.
2113 Walker           A&P A&P Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Bestway 2113-2115. Many interior pictures. Built 1947. A&P relocated from 2117-2119. A&P closed 1957.
2114 Walker       Ivory Ivory               Suds & Duds Built 1935. Ivory at least through 1948.
2119 Walker     A&P A&P A&P               Fishbones Built 1921. 2117-2119. A&P relocated to 2113-2115 (1947). Ivory Store 2/12/58.
4125 Walker               A&P A&P A&P     Offices Open 6/26/57.
330 Washington W   A&P A&P                   Demolished  
116 Washinton W       Big Star Big Star Colonial Colonial Colonial         Demolished Open 12/1/37. Closed 1/15/63. Vintage picture available.
3109 Yanceyville                       Kroger Save-a-Lot Open 1974. Closed c. 1996.