Indianapolis Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1926-2001

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Indianapolis between 1926 and 2001, 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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  • Standard Stores was purchased by National Tea in 1947. Del Farm was also a National banner.
  • The Seven to Eleven (later Seven-Eleven) chain in Indianapolis was a chain of small supermarkets (several of them repurposed Kroger locations) that was NOT related to the national convenience store chain.
  • Safeway and Preston Safeway were NOT related to the national chain.
  • Stop & Shop was co-branded with Colonial Stores on at least some locations. These stores closed around 1964 and many were sold to Standard.
  • Kroger operated a convenience store chain called “Happy Food Stores” for a short time in the mid-1970s. Those locations are not included here.
  • Allied Supermarkets also had a district office in Indianapolis, perhaps for Kmart Food operations.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • Del Farm (National)
  • IGA
  • Kroger
  • Lowell’s
  • Marsh
  • Meijer
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Preston Safeway (not affiliated with the national Safeway chain)
  • Seven to Eleven
  • Standard (National)
  • Stop & Shop (Colonial)
  • Walt’s
Updated on 26 November 2022

One thought on “Indianapolis Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1926-2001

  1. Peggy

    February 12, 2019 at 12:32am

    would love to see A&P and CUBS return.

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  2. Robert M Frederickson

    August 3, 2019 at 5:10am

    Joe Omalia was a pretty important chain; not sure who bought them out, perhaps marsh?

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  3. Steve

    September 7, 2019 at 11:09pm

    O’Malia’s was a high-end supermarket that began in Hamilton County (North of Indy) and expanded to about 10 locations at its peak around 1980. Marsh bought them out around 2000 but kept the O’Malia’s name on them.

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  4. John Walsh (I go by Jim my middle name)

    September 29, 2019 at 10:39am

    A. few of the stores on Clifton St I don’t recall, I lived as a child in what is now called near northwest Indianapolis in the 1000 Block of West Eugene St from 1947 to 1952, don’t recall any super markets on Clifton St. Perhaps they left before we moved to the area.

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  6. Ed

    August 17, 2020 at 4:24pm

    Hey, What about Gidone’s? He had several stores. The one I remember best was “Gidone’s Food Palace” in the center at 46th and Shadeland. It became a Preston Safeway in later years. I am aware of at least two other stores Joe Gidone built, though I’m not sure where they were. He was into real estate development as much as supermarkets and owned the centers his stores were in.

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  7. Ed

    August 17, 2020 at 4:46pm

    Gidone’s Food Palace was at 4540 Shadeland Ave and was opened about 1967. It continued under the same name after it’s ownership became Scott Lad Foods in about 1969 and it became Preston Safeway in about 1980. There was another Gidone’s built about 1969 on the south side. The Del Farms at 10th and Arlington was originally Gidone’s I think.

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