Denver Area Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1927-1979

This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Denver between 1927 and 1979 (and the Denver suburbs between 1970 and 1979), 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. You may view the list in the frame below or open it in a new window, which will give you more viewing options and the ability to download it or add it to your own Google Drive.


  • The original Piggly Wiggly Grimes locations were absorbed into Safeway by 1938, but many seem to have been re-sold to a new operator by 1945, resulting in several stores that were converted to the Safeway banner and then back into Piggly Wiggly stores.
  • Miller’s Groceteria/supermarkets were sold to National Tea in 1957. Most were converted to the Del Farm banner in the 1970s, but some seem to have used the National name before closing for good late in the decade.
  • Big Top and U-Tote-M were basically conveninec store chains and will probably be removed from the database soon.
  • City directories for the suburbs were only available to me for years starting in 1970. I will expand that tab if i can get access to older ones.
  • Denver avenues divide east and west at Broadway. Streets divide at Ellsworth but those north of Ellsworth bear no directional indication while those south of Ellsworth are labeled as “south.” Numbered streets run diagonally downtown, while numbered avenues run east and west north of Ellsworth. Street names and numbers generally continue into the suburbs rather than changing at limit lines.


Store tags:

  • Albertsons
  • King Soopers
  • MacMarr
  • Miller’s
  • National/Del Farm
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Red Owl
  • Red & White
  • Safeway
  • Thriftway