Groceteria.com is a site about the history of American and Canadian chain supermarkets, from the 1920s through the turn of the century and beyond.
- About the site: Learn more about the history of supermarkets, your humble host, and my methodology.
- Places: The geography and architecture of chain grocery retailers in the U.S. and Canada since the 1920s.
- Chains: Capsule histories of some North American supermarket chains, including photo galleries.
- The message board: A place to discuss the history of supermarkets and other retailers.
Not to say I’m winding down the location lists (I’m definitely not) but after what I think is a pretty incredible run of those the past few years, I feel like working on something else for a while. And the new time-suck seems likely to be a digital library of my accumulated photos and documents (or at least the ones that copyright law will permit me to post). Keep in mind that this is actually what I do for a living as well, which may make the process go much faster…or much slower.
Library geek alert: For those of you who care about such things, I may build out the library using the Omeka platform, mainly because it would also help me to learn some of its quirks. At my day job, I am in the process of migrating our rather extensive digital collections from a commercial product called CONTENTdm to an open-source platform called Islandora. Both of those are more firepower than I really need here, so I’m going with Omeka, which will be considerably less labor-intensive. Unless I decide to get really creative at extending WordPress, like I did with this site.
Anyhow, watch this space…
Even though it has been a bit difficult to make myself sit at my computer all evening after sitting at it all day (work from home continues for me), I have made some additions. You’d know about these already if you followed the Message Board and/or Twitter:
- Tacoma chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1924-2020
- Jacksonville chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-2020
- Houston chain grocery/supermarket locations, 1925-1982
Stay safe. And wear your mask, dammit!
You might think staying at home 24-7 would mean that I would be doing lots of updates on the site. Sadly, it’s not really working out that way. After working from home all day ay my day job, the prospect of sitting at the same desk all night is not all that enticing. Nevertheless, I am working on a Houston location list that may be up later this week.
Other updates since the last time I mentioned them here:
- Des Moines, Iowa (new page)
- Bismarck, North Dakota (update)
- Jackson, Mississippi (update)
- Madison, Wisconsin (update)
- Topeka, Kansas (new page)
- Guelph, Ontario (update)
- Cheyenne, Wyoming (update)
- Bloomington/Normal, Illinois (update)
- Brantford, Ontario (new page)
- Orlando, Florida (new page)
- Brunswick, Georgia (new page)
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay home.
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