Boston Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1925-1981

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Boston between 1925 and 1981 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.

View and download a copy of this location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.


  • These listings only include locations within the city limits of Boston.
  • Boston has multiple streets with identical names that can be distinguished only by the neighborhoods where they’re located. I have included neighborhood names from the directories to facilitate Google Maps searches. This may not be foolproof, but it seems pretty accurate.

Store Tags:

  • A&P
  • Co-op
  • Economy Grocery/Stop & Shop
  • First National/Finast
  • Ginter
  • Gloria Chain Stores
  • John T. Connor
  • M. Winer/Elm Farm
  • National D
  • Purity/Supreme
  • Shaw’s/Star Market
  • Stella Chain Stores
Updated on 26 November 2022