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by Andrew T.
21 Aug 2019 14:23
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 14
Views: 5015

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

The city directories are really only concerned with facilitating contact with currently open locations, not with documentation of old ones, so it's more likely that (a) there was some overlap and both were open at the time of the canvas or (b) as Andrew T suggests, there was a mistake/oversight. I ...
by Andrew T.
19 Aug 2019 22:50
Forum: History: USA Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations
Replies: 14
Views: 5015

Re: Beckley, WV chain grocery/supermarket locations

The only place in West Virginia I can imagine Food Fair existing is the tip of the eastern panhandle, which has always been its own island completely isolated from the state as a whole. I almost moved there once. Almost... Anyway, the Beckley updates are fantastic! It's good to have one more city do...
by Andrew T.
15 Aug 2019 19:27
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history
Replies: 16
Views: 10152

Re: Ann Arbor, MI chain grocery/supermarket history

I was in Ann Arbor yesterday, so I made a quick stop at their library to fill in any minor gaps in my research. The "missing" 1965 column has been duly added to the Ann Arbor table , and the 2013 column has been adjusted to 2015. I discovered that A&P's Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti stores closed in Janua...
by Andrew T.
15 Aug 2019 11:11
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Hideous Kroger superstore modification
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: Hideous Kroger superstore modification

Oh, the humanity! The enormous "hat" perched above two of the original arches is so ridiculous that it's almost hilarious. It's a shame neither of us could have seen the store 20 years earlier. In this old thread , Speedway79 implied that this Kroger (or another one close to it) survived with comple...
by Andrew T.
07 Aug 2019 00:00
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987

The Fred Meyer complex might be Portland's most historically-interesting supermarket location, but the two most aesthetically-pleasing supermarkets might be the Safeways at 6125 SE 52nd Avenue and 1335 N Mason St . Both of these are early-1950s buildings with a pylon, barrel roof, and the characteri...
by Andrew T.
06 Aug 2019 21:38
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987

Actually, the original Fred Meyer complex at that address was in an expanding and shifting collection of pre-existing buildings, one of which had been a Van de Kamp's bakery and retained its trademark windmill. That's why I left them as separate entries rather than consolidating as I usually do (th...
by Andrew T.
05 Aug 2019 11:43
Forum: History: USA Northwest/Rockies/Alaska
Topic: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: NEW: Portland (Oregon) 1932-1987

Wow, this is great! One of the key elements that stimulated my interest in supermarkets years ago was Beverly Cleary's 1952 children's novel Henry and Beezus . An entire chapter of the book dealt with the opening of the "Colossal Market" in Portland. The store sounded...amazing: After making sure hi...
by Andrew T.
04 Aug 2019 23:54
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI
Replies: 4
Views: 159

Re: Mystery Store - 15031 Middlebelt Road, Romulus, MI

I'm thinking "convenience store" or "liquor store," but that's nothing more than a hunch. One oddity of the site is that the parking lot is concrete, like the lot of a gas station. It also extends to the side, where it looks like it's been half-obliterated by excavation. An adjacent building stood j...
by Andrew T.
04 Aug 2019 00:11
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: The "Kohl Bros." chain name mystery (Milwaukee, WI)
Replies: 2
Views: 123

Re: The "Kohl Bros." chain name mystery (Milwaukee, WI)

Wow! Thank you, thank you. This also makes the mystery even more mysterious. To be sure, this proves that "Kohl Bros." couldn't have originally been a reference to the founder's sons, since the founder had only one son (in diapers, no less) in 1930. But why was it named Kohl Bros? * Possibility #1: ...
by Andrew T.
03 Aug 2019 16:56
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: The "Kohl Bros." chain name mystery (Milwaukee, WI)
Replies: 2
Views: 123

The "Kohl Bros." chain name mystery (Milwaukee, WI)

Back when the Milwaukee thread was running its course, I made an observation about the history of the Kohl's company name: The Kohl's chain was listed in pre-1950s directories as Kohl Bros. Did Max Kohl have a brother that he co-founded the grocery business with? If so, he was written out of the 197...
by Andrew T.
01 Aug 2019 19:29
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: St. Thomas, ON chain grocery/supermarket history, 1925-2019

Here's a great shot of St. Thomas' Loblaws store at 41 Mondamin Street in 1961. This was actually the direct predecessor of the slanted store pictured upthread, opening by 1959 and remaining open until after 1981. The building survives, but unfortunately it's been subdivided and shorn of its origin...
by Andrew T.
28 Jul 2019 01:23
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Stores in London, Ontario
Replies: 29
Views: 10691

Re: Stores in London, Ontario

Another historical photo: Dundas Looking East To Talbot, Spring 1972. The Loblaws store at 94-96 Dundas Street is predominant in the foreground. And oh , what a store it was! A green vertical tower sign with neon and integrated clock; aluminum trim, and art-deco fluorishes all over the facade! This ...
by Andrew T.
27 Jul 2019 11:03
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Stores in London, Ontario
Replies: 29
Views: 10691

Re: Stores in London, Ontario

OK, folks. I flew in another update (and was able to do the data import myself, so no raw CSVs): London - Google Sheets I adjusted the 1961 and 2011 columns to 1960 and 2010, and also added a 2013 column for the last year of the Vernon directory (which was a yawner due to a lack of store development...
by Andrew T.
25 Jul 2019 22:20
Forum: History: Canada
Topic: Stores in London, Ontario
Replies: 29
Views: 10691

Re: Stores in London, Ontario

I've been in the midst of preparing yet another London table update (mainly to add the independents that were linked together under the Superior banner in the 1950s and 1960s)...but here's something else I wanted to share! The 1970 London city directory lists a Loblaws store at 1141 Guildwood Blvd. ...
by Andrew T.
25 Jul 2019 21:58
Forum: History: USA Midwest/Plains
Topic: Wyandotte, Lincoln Park and other Downriver burbs chain history
Replies: 10
Views: 754

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

Added a couple of entries for Dix-Toledo in Southgate on the Lincoln Park list. Both are in the same strip mall, which was built in 1966 with a Bi-Lo (was this part of the Bi-Lo chain?) I always figured Bi-Lo was a "generic" chain name, used simultaneously by different companies in different region...