Oakland/Berkeley Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1921-1980/1999

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, and Piedmont between 1921 and 1980/1999, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. There may be some omissions due to incomplete or missing data, etc. and I welcome suggestions and corrections. Please read about my methodology for more information about what I do and do not include.

Read more about how this particular page came to be after twenty-plus years.

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  • No city directories were published for Oakland between 1943 and 1967, so newspaper ads became the primary source for this data.
  • Safeway apparently operated its MacMarr and Piggly Wiggly brands a little longer in Oakland than in San Francisco.

Store tags:

  • Albertsons
  • Andronico’s/Park & Shop
  • Co-Op
  • Hagstrom’s
  • Jenny Wren
  • Lee Bros
  • Louis Stores
  • Lucky Stores
  • Mayfair Markets
  • Mutual/MacMarr
  • P&X
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Safeway


Updated on 26 November 2022

One thought on “Oakland/Berkeley Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1921-1980/1999

  1. Dave Holbrook

    February 24, 2022 at 9:28pm

    I have a 1950s photo of an old Safeway store that has been located at 1991 University Ave in East Palo Alto, there from 1937 til 1959. The building then became a liquor store but was demo’d in 1993 to make room for the large Four Seasons/ office development adjacent to & just west of the 101 Bayshore freeway. It’s a great pic, but you’ve got to tell me how to get it to you. I found the location from a historical resource survey that had been done for EPA in the late 1980s.

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