Pasadena Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1971

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Pasadena and Altadena between 1925 and 1971, 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.

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  • The first Trader Joe’s location opened at 610 S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena in 1968.
  • The Southern California Market Basket chain was also established in Pasadena in about 1930.
  • Pasadena would be home to the final store in the HOWS chain, founded by the former owner of Hughes Markets, until its closure in 2014.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • Albertsons
  • MacMarr
  • Market Basket
  • Pantry
  • Pay N’ Takit
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Ralphs
  • Safeway
  • Shopping Bag
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Vons
Updated on 26 November 2022

One thought on “Pasadena Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1971

  1. jackie

    May 28, 2024 at 10:32am

    I am doing ancestry and my cousin said he owned and ran a grocery store in the 1950’s in Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. He is deceased he died in 1981 and his name was Styles Reno Brown originally from Oklahoma. I am just curious to see the grocery store he owned nothing more. Are you able to tell me the name? Thank you for your time.

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