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by rich
11 Jul 2019 11:52
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Kansas City MO, 1925-1992
Replies: 11
Views: 285

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: 1820

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: 440

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: 1820

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: 440

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: 4738

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: 234

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: 1820

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: 1820

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...
by rich
18 May 2019 12:07
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1820

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

Del Farm was an inner city city Chicago chain they acquired in the 50s or early60s. They used the name for stores that were other built or repurposed as discount operations with no trading stamps. Often they converted them back to conventional operations with trading stamps. Sometimes they went back...
by rich
15 May 2019 17:57
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 1820

Re: NEW: Milwaukee, 1930-2015

It's funny that you have only passing mention of Red Owl which also made an effort in Milwaukee and Chicago. They departed Chicago in the 60s and sold the stores to National. National's problems were there own, not Loblaw's, btw. Their working capital fell below the requirements of their long-term d...
by rich
10 Mar 2019 00:13
Forum: History: USA Northeast
Topic: New location list: Newark NJ, 1925-1957
Replies: 4
Views: 4451

Re: New location list: Newark NJ, 1925-1957

The Safeways do not appear to have continued as Finasts.
by rich
27 Dec 2018 22:29
Forum: History: Miscellaneous and Not Region-Specific
Topic: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969
Replies: 8
Views: 3867

Re: A&P/Eckerd Drung proposed merger, 1969

There also were the Eckerd companies in PA (the original business in Erie) and Delaware. I think these were merged into the other Eckerd business via JC Penney. Interesting move for A&P at this time---they were in a steep decline at this time. I'm surprised any viable business would have wanted to b...
by rich
20 Nov 2018 23:13
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2238

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

Kroger's dominance in Columbus & Toledo is pretty recent---both had much more dominant local chains. They were never really competitive in the Cleveland area and did only somewhat better in Akron/Canton & Warren/Youngstown. I'm guessing that Colonial squandered Albers competitiveness in Cincinnati &...
by rich
18 Nov 2018 19:51
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2238

Re: NEW: Dayton OH, 1925-2015

It looks like Albers never had the level of penetration that they did in Columbus & Cincinnati which may account for Big Star, esp. if one of the local chains like Liberal or Stumps was price sensitive. I wonder if 1965 was when they also began to cut back on their hinterland too. They had stores in...