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by rich
04 Sep 2019 10:12
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Former A & P in my area
Replies: 7
Views: 4634

Re: Former A & P in my area

Sometime after this, they bought and also built a bunch of stores in Toledo as Farmer Jack only to close them a short time later (maybe a year or two). No one said they were very good at running anything.
by rich
27 Aug 2019 23:33
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Toledo Sneak Peek
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Toledo Sneak Peek

Reynolds opened August, 1973. I somewhat randomly picked the date from the Toledo Blade archive in Google Newspapers, today. Manhattan already was open at that point. Given how KMart Foods operated (KMart awarded the franchise), none of the stores would have opened as FoodTowns, esp. with Wrigley/Al...
by rich
27 Aug 2019 10:23
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Toledo Sneak Peek
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Toledo Sneak Peek

Suggestions for your store tags: Bellman's should be Bellman's/Marsh; Marsh was a shortlived owner, but it's a historically important connection for anyone trying to research Marsh. Add: Big Bear and Wrigley/Packer for similar reasons of history; Big Bear had multiple store locations in the mid-late...
by rich
25 Aug 2019 13:41
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 16
Views: 6051

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

If there were Food Fair/Pantry Prides, they would have been in the the WV panhandle adjacent to the Maryland panhandle, with proximity to DC. Grand Union and Acme-PA were there, although Acme sourced some WV stores from Johnstown, PA. I don't know about Safeway but I don't think Giant-MD was ever th...
by rich
28 Jul 2019 11:37
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history

Kroger used the Bi-Lo name for a small number of stores in the Cleveland area after they closed their Kroger-bannered stores there. The had kept the Division operating, which also serviced Western PA, Akron, Youngstown, etc. The Bi-Los were were smaller stores (15-19K sf). The ones I remember were i...
by rich
28 Jul 2019 11:23
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Safeway 1986 & Unsettling Times Eastern Division
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Re: Safeway 1986 & Unsettling Times Eastern Division

I think Richmond was a separate division. i don't know about Hampton Roads. I think the South Central PA stores were run as part of the DC division.
by rich
11 Jul 2019 11:52
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 875

Re: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992

FWIW, I remember Food Barn from c. 1985 in Columbia, MO. Safeway had departed that market the previous summer but opened a Food Barn in a former Wal-Mart (which probably had been something else previously). In the meantime, their former stores ---a pylon near downtown and a 60s shopping center store...
by rich
10 Jun 2019 10:24
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3208

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

A couple thoughts re: A&P.... They did build small centennials that were less elegant and complete in design than the full sized one. I think these were 13,000 sf and went into urban neighborhoods or small town downtowns with parking on the side rather than in front. That might be what your 1966 sto...
by rich
09 Jun 2019 16:34
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s

As of 1985, they still had that straggler in South Dakota and they had kept Humpty & Ideal until then https://oklahoman.com/article/2100124/allied-chain-cuts-humpty-and-ideal-grocery-stores "Couldn't make a deal with the union" means that the employees knew the chain was dying but management wanted ...
by rich
09 Jun 2019 16:30
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3208

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

A-Marts simply were low volume stores. The early centennial in Wickliffe was one of the first--it was in an odd location--near Wickliffe's tiny old downtown but not someplace that had a lot of complimentary businesses nearby. Within 2 or 3 miles of another A&P, 2 Fisher-Fazio's and a Pick-n-Pay. The...
by rich
06 Jun 2019 09:23
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: Kmart Food stores that lingered beyond the mid-'70s

The ones in Cleveland kept the KMart name at least until 1979--significantly, they could be supplied from Detroit and Allied (the operator) had no other banners in Cleveland, unlike Detroit where they had Great Scott and previously had had Wrigley and Packer (KMart Foods w/o the KMart next door). Th...
by rich
31 May 2019 10:53
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: New location lists: River Cities WV/KY/OH
Replies: 8
Views: 5191

Re: New location lists: River Cities WV/KY/OH

It's interesting that Alber's never entered any of these markets. They did have at least one store in Portsmouth, Ohio.
by rich
31 May 2019 10:40
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kalamzoo, 1926-1995
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: NEW: Kalamzoo, 1926-1995

National had a division based in Kalamazoo into the 70s. It probably was consolidated with Chicago or Indianapolis when they received new distribution centers. It would have serviced stores in places like Benton Harbor, Niles and South Bend.
by rich
22 May 2019 12:17
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3208

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Re; Kroger in Milwaukee & Wisconsin, generally---Kroger had a bad time of it in the 60s, esp. in northern markets, but also in Atlanta. They continued to build new stores but they often were smaller than the competition and their perishables program generally was weak, while their house brand mercha...
by rich
22 May 2019 11:59
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3208

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Safeway had an international/gourmet format in downtown DC in the 60s. They also had relatively small, conventional stores that in the Watergate, as well as condo/apt buildings in Rosslyn and Bethesda. The Bethesda store recently closed and the one in Rosslyn had a recent makeover. They also had som...