Sacramento Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1924-1980

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Sacramento between 1924 and 1980, 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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Store tags:

  • Albertsons
  • Arata Bros
  • Bel-Air
  • Cardinal
  • Compton’s
  • Farmers
  • Handy Pantry
  • Jumbo
  • Lucky
  • Martha Washington
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Raley’s
  • Safeway
  • Skaggs
  • Stop-n-Shop
  • Vans


Updated on 26 November 2022

One thought on “Sacramento Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1924-1980

  1. Carl Slusser

    May 8, 2019 at 6:26pm

    You never mentioned INKS ( think that changed to Van’s), Pantry (not Handy Pantry) Thriftway Market, Mar Val market (in Rio Linda, I guess that’s not Sacramento), Rainbow Market (North Sacramento), Arcade Market (North Sacramento)

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      May 10, 2019 at 8:20pm

      I only study chains, so if these were individual/independent stores, I wouldn’t have included them.

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    January 28, 2022 at 12:10am

    Hi there, Ralphs came to Sacramento in May of ’76 – 3 stores. Closed in July (?) of ’78. I literally locked the doors at the last store because they closed them sequentially that day so payroll could cut checks to everyone. The Florin Rd (65th and Florin #722) was the last to close.
    There was one at Arden and Watt (#721), and one at Greenback and San Juan (#723).
    They sold to Patterson’s (Joe and Bruce). They had run Farmer’s I believe. They made it a college of years and sold to Holiday from Cottonwood (Redding area). Circle H was the brand they used. Later became the Pak N’ Save stores owned by Safeway.
    Love your tweets, that where I see most of your stuff.

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  3. LLOYD Camp

    January 28, 2022 at 12:12am

    Please change “college” to “couple”.

    Another victim of auto-correct.


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