This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Syracuse between 1925 and 2020, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. It is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.
Access and download the location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.
- Syracuse city directories were challenging. Many stores in the suburbs did not have street numbers listed even into the late 1980s. I have narrowed them down as much as possible, but newspapers were not much help either.
- Syracuse was the home of the P&C chain, originally a farm co-op. The chain was later owned by Penn Traffic, and was also a wholesaler serving the Big M/Midstate franchises. The P&C stores converted to Tops when Penn Traffic was acquired in 2010.
- Acme bought the Market Basket chain in 1955, though the stores seem to have closed or ended up under other operators. Acme was out of Syracuse by the mid 1970s.
- Loblaws left the area (and most of upstate New York) around 1977.
- Victory Chain (later Victory Markets) bought the Johnson’s chain in 1955.
- Wegmans arrived in 1968.
- Grand Union stores in the area apparently rebranded as Grandway Supermarkets in the mid 1970s and the chain seems only to have remained in far-flung suburbs, though I have some doubts about the accuracy of the listings from the 1970s on.
- American Stores/Acme
- Big M/Midstate
- Grand Union
- Price Chopper
- Red & White/Super Diper
- Silver Star