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.
Address 1928 1930 1935 1940 1947 1950 1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 1999 2007 Notes
1023 Alamance Church Rd                           Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion  
600 Ashe   A&P A&P A&P A&P                       Demolished 600-606.
824 Ashe     W&M                           Demolished  
441 Battleground Av   Pender                                
1304 Battleground Av   Ivory Ivory                           Demolished  
1614 Battleground Av               Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie             Demolished Announced 1/21/55, open 7/55 as Dixie Home.
1724 Battleground Av             Colonial Colonial Colonial Colonial             Subdivided Open 1951. Building sold 1973 (probably closed close to that time).
2437 Battleground Av                 A&P A&P A&P FoodRite   Fleet-Plummer Hardware Fleet-Plummer Hardware Fleet-Plummer Hardware Fleet-Plummer Hardware Open 8/19/63. Bi-Rite open 9/78. FoodRite ca. 9/80.
2803 Battleground Av                   Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway         Ross Dress for Less Open 9/30/69.
2965 Battleground Av                       Kroger Bestway Harris Teeter Harris Teeter   Earth Fare Built 1979. Kroger relocated to 3357 in 1984. Bestway 1984-1985. HT open ca. 1985. HT relocated to 3357 in 1999.
3357 Battleground Av                         Kroger Kroger Kroger Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Kroger open 1985. HT 7/99.
3780 Battleground Av                             Food Lion      
432 Bellemeade               Kroger Kroger             County Offices Demolished Open 6/28/55. Closed 12/26/64.
301 Bennett     W&M                              
2303 Bessemer Av E               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite FoodRite   Autozone (2303)   Subdivided Built 1954.
3813 Bessemer Av E               Piggly Wiggly?                 PW as of 1/59 per ad.  
937 Best                   Bi-Rite                
1206 Bridford                               Kroger   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                             Food Lion      
1911 Chapman S                           Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion  
1912 Chapman S                   A&P A&P Food Town Food Lion Big Lots Big Lots Big Lots Big Lots Open 1968. Food Town open 1976.
2011 Church N     Ivory Ivory                         Demolished  
2710 Church N                               Kroger Vacant Kroger >> HT open 6/23/99.
106 College Rd               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite   Big Dogs Built 1956.
609 College Rd                     Colonial Big Star Big Star Harris Teeter Harris Teeter   Demolished? Per Wayne Henderson.
706 College Rd                 Piggly Wiggly Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway         Demolished Bi-Rite 1966. Closed 1981.
225 Commerce Pl       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 Blvd E                   Zayre Zayre Zayre Zayre Zayre Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Vacant  
1471 Cone Blvd E                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie   Big Lots Vacant Open 1/17/61. Re-located to former Zayre within same center in 12/94.
2011 Cone Blvd E                       Big Star 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.
224 Elm N         Tillman’s Groceteria                          
309 Elm N       Tillman’s Groceteria                            
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 purchased from Giles 6/46, open by 1947.
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 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 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie     CompUSA  
1205 Fourth             Big Bear                     Built 1951. Open 9/15/55. Had been Proximity Mercantile. Closed 1959.
2017 Freeman Mill Rd             Bi-Rite           Somewhere Else Tavern Somewhere Else Tavern Somewhere Else Tavern Somewhere Else Tavern Somewhere Else Tavern  
3408 Freeman Mill Rd                   Bi-Rite               Same location as 2008 W. Vandalia.
600 Friendly Center               Colonial Colonial Colonial Big Star Big Star Big Star Harris Teeter Harris Teeter   Demolished Demolished 1996 for new Belk Department Store. Relocated next to Friendly Center.
710 Friendly Center                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie   Demolished Open 1/9/62. Enlarged 1984. Demolished 1999.
1607 Friendly Av W         Talbert’s Food Palace Tillman’s Supermarket Colonial Piggly Wiggly Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite FoodRite FoodRite     Jake’s Billiards Jake’s Billiards Built 1938. 1607-1609. Colonial open 1951, closed 10/7/57. PW open 2/26/59. Bi-Rite open 10/4/62. FoodRite closed ca. 1/87.
1618 Friendly Av W     Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                         Demolished Apparently demolished 1964. Check.
5605 Friendly Av W                 Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Bestway Bestway Fresh Market Fresh Market Fresh Market Fresh Market WD open 10/29/62. Closed 1979. BW 10/80. Closed 1986.
5705 Friendly Av W               Piggly Wiggly                   5707 still standing, built in 1954.
1320 Glenwood Av   A&P   Butler’s Butler’s Butler’s Butler’s Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway           A&P listed as 1310 in directory but 1320 in ad. A&P closed 1/35. Butler’s open 1935, incorporate 1938. Enlarged 1950. Enlarged/renamed 12/13/55. Closed 1982.
1402 Glenwood Av     W&M                              
2208 Golden Gate Center                 Kroger Kroger Food Town Food Town Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Kroger open 3/16/61. Food Town open 10/8/74 (first GSO location).
2268 Golden Gate Center                 A&P A&P A&P Bestway Bestway Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter A&P open 3/16/61. Bestway opened 1976, closed 1986. Harris Teeter closed 2011.
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 Open 3/10/49, closed 12/28/59. Demolished 1990s
4364 Hicone Rd                             Food Lion      
2924 High Point Rd               Colonial Colonial Colonial             Subdivided Open 1/28/59. Relocated to 3020 by 1973.
3006 High Point Rd             Ivory Ivory Piggly Wiggly                 Built 1950. Ivory Store enlarged 2/12/58. Red & White open 5/24/62. PW open 1963-1968.
3020 High Point Rd                     Big Star Big Star   Burlington Coat Factory Burlington Coat Factory Office Depot Office Depot Open 10/72. Orignally connected with Cook’s Dept. Store (but was operated by Colonial under Cook’s name). Operated briefly as Colonial. Relocated from 2924.Open as Big Star 4/18/73. Closed 1/30/82.
3604 High Point Rd                       Family Mart Family Mart Kroger Kroger   Bed Bath & Beyond FM owned by A&P, open 4/30/80. Became Kroger 1/87. Kroger closed late 1990s. BBY address 3508.
3701 High Point Rd                   Zayre Zayre Zayre Zayre   Buy for Less Lowe’s Foods Vacant Open 1969.
3715 High Point Rd                     Big Star           Subdivided Open 1969.
3841 High Point Rd                     Winn-Dixie           Subdivided Open 1971.
3900 High Point Rd                       Memco         Furniture Open 10/28/80. Closed 2/82.
4215 High Point Rd                       Kroger Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter   Doll Market Kroger open 12/76, closed 11/83. Food World open 1984.
4607 High Point Rd                   Big Bear Food World Food World   Drug Palace Drug Palace Kerr Drug Hancock Fabrics Open 1969. Food World 1970. Relocated to 4215 in 1984.
4703 High Point Rd               Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto     La Familia Furniture Open as (Matlock’s) Piggly Wiggly 1/59. Bi-Rite open 10/1/59. Relocated to 4711.
4711 High Point Rd                     Bestway Bestway Bestway       Latin Asian Farmers Market Relocated from 4703. Closed 1986.
5710 High Point Rd                             Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter  
3219 Holden Rd S                       Food Town Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Open 1976.
3721 Holden Rd S                             Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Vacant  
2138 Lawndale Dr           Ralph’s Food Palace Ralph’s                   Balance Day Spa Open 1948. Burned 1954. Reopened 3/23/55.
2190 Lawndale Dr             Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Food World Food World Harris Teeter Drug Palace Drug Palace Kerr Drug Kerr Drug Open 3/23/54. Still BB in 1973, FW as of 1974, per ads. FW as of 4/20/85.
3708 Lawndale Dr                   Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Fresh Market Fresh Market Fresh Market Fresh Market Fresh Market Listed as 3700 in 1960. Peeler’s Bi-Rite open 9/26/57. Fresh Market open 1982.
3714 Lawndale Dr                       Food Town Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Vacant Open 1976. Closed 2/8/07. To be demolished 2007.
4709 Lawndale Dr                           Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie   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. Closed 4/21/73.
1613 Lee W   Pender Pender                           Demolished  
1316 Lee’s Chapel Rd                           Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion  
110 MLK         A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P               Open by 1946 per ad. Closed 1/26/74.
416 MLK   A&P A&P A&P A&P                       Demolished  
422 MLK   Pender                             Demolished  
500 MLK   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                         Demolished  
605 MLK             Colonial Colonial Colonial   Bi-Rite FoodRite         Demolished COL open 2/17/59. Big Star as of 1973 (maybe earlier).
1106 MLK   A&P A&P                           Demolished 1106 (1930), 1108 (1935).
2031 MLK               Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger FoodRite         Open 2/2/60. Kroger closed 1980.
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 Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion  
220 Market W   A&P A&P                              
408 Market W                                   Big Star 1937 per ad.
418 Market W       Tillman’s Groceteria                            
708 Market W   Pender Pender                   O’Reilly’s Bar Fuzzy Duck’s Bar Kilroy’s Bar Fuzzy Duck’s Bar QLounge  
710 Market W   A&P A&P                       Sun & Wind   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 Aaron Rents Furniture Aaron Rents Furniture Aaron Rents Furniture Open 1973. First Kroger Superstore. Relocated to 4655 11/83.
4624 Market W                         Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter   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 Food Lion/Kmart Food Lion/Kmart Food Lion/Kmart Harris Teeter 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 Marshall’s Marshall’s Marshall’s Marshall’s BB open 3/3/64. 4649-4653. Called FW by 1973.
4655 Market W                 King’s King’s King’s King’s Kroger Kroger Kroger Food Lion Food Lion Kroger open 11/83. Food Lion relocated from 4640, and Kroger relocated TO 4640, c. 1996.
120 Meadowview Rd W                             Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion  
429 Meadowview Rd W                   A&P A&P Food World         Save-a-Lot Open 1967. A&P expanded ca. 1976-1977. A&P closed 8/25/79. FW open ca. 9/79.
209 Paisley   A&P A&P                           Demolished Address 311 in 1-1-1930 ad.
1528 Phillips Av                   Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Bestway       Vacant Built 1966. Closed 1986.
2500 Phillips Av                     Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie         Demolished Open 1971.
2521 Phillips Av                         Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie   Vacant  
2909 Pleasant Garden Rd                   Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Sav-Way (2509)   Country Mart     2509 or 2909. Open 1954.
2212 Randleman Rd                 Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite FoodRite FoodRite FoodRite     Vacant Open 11/2/61.
2321 Randleman Rd                             FoodRite     Built 1965. Check older occs.
2401 Randleman Rd                   Kmart Food Kmart Food Food Town Food Lion Food Lion     Greensboro Antique Mall Open 1967.
2920 Randleman Rd                       FoodRite   Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Subdivided FR closed 1984. HT open 1989. Closed 2006.
3002 Randleman Rd                         Big Star       ACE Hardware  
3228 Randleman Rd                           Food Lion Food Lion Food Lion 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   Revco Revco CVS CVS Open 5/20/52. Closed 3/17/73.
1837 Spring Garden     W&M                              
3011 Spring Garden               Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Winn-Dixie Bestway Bestway Bestway Hometown Cash & Carry Hometown Cash & Carry Hometown Cash & Carry Subdivided WD open 6/18/57. Bestway closed 1986? Listed as 3109 in 1960.
401 State     A&P A&P A&P                         Built 1931.
235 Summit Av   A&P                                
407 Summit Av     Pender                           Demolished  
412 Summit Av   A&P A&P A&P Dixie Home                       Demolished Dixie Home purchased from Giles 6/46, open by 1947.
505 Summit Av   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly                           Demolished  
509 Summit Av     W&M                           Demolished  
944 Summit Av           A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P A&P Bi-Rite Bi-Rite   Advance Auto Advance Auto Advance Auto Open 1950.
1040 Summit Av               Big Bear Big Bear Big Bear Food World Food World Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter Harris Teeter 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 Sav-Way College Mart College Mart College Mart College Mart Built 1928. Combined with 405 sometime after 1935. New facade, mid 1970s. Bi-Rite open 1/56, closed ca. 1983. Drastic interior remodel mid 1980s.
405 Tate     A&P                           College Mart Built 1928. A&P open 1/35, closed by 1939. Combined with 403 sometime after 1935.
2008 Vandalia Rd W                     Bestway Bestway Bestway       Wickstead Foreign Car Same location as 3408 Freeman Mill. Closed 1986.
610 Walker Av     Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory Ivory                 Subdivided 612 (1935-1941). Built 1925. Relocated to 2121 in 1958.
950 Walker Av   Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly Piggly Wiggly               New York Pizza New York Pizza New York Pizza New York Pizza New York Pizza New York Pizza Was Talbert’s in 1941, Matlocks’ in 1948.
2113 Walker Av           A&P A&P Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bi-Rite Bestway Bestway Bestway Bestway Bestway Bestway Bestway 2113-2115. Many interior pictures. Built 1947. A&P relocated from 2117-2119 in 6/48, closed 6/57. Bi-Rite opened 9/11/58.
2114 Walker Av       Ivory Ivory                       Suds & Duds Built 1935. Ivory at least through 1948. Tillman’s Groceteria, 1951-1953.
2119 Walker Av     A&P A&P A&P                       Fishbones Built 1921. Open as of 1-1-30 per ad. 2117-2119. A&P relocated to 2113-2115 (1947). Ivory Store 2/12/58.
4125 Walker Av               A&P A&P A&P             Offices Open 6/26/57.
330 Washington W   A&P A&P                           Demolished  
116 Washington W       Big Star Big Star Colonial Colonial Colonial                 Demolished Open 12/1/37. Closed 1/15/63. Vintage picture available.
3109 Yanceyville                       Kroger Kroger Kroger Kroger   Save-a-Lot Open 1974. Closed c. 1996.