Cincinnati Area

Cincinnati is the home to both the Kroger and Albers chains, among others, and has a fascinating history both as a city and as a retail incubator. Barney Kroger opened his first location in the city in 1883 and the company is still headquartered a few blocks away. Kroger VP William Albers left to form Albers Super Markets (the first chain to use the term “super market” in its trademark) in 1933. Albers sold out to Colonial Stores (but retained its name) in 1955, and exited the region in 1974, moving division offices to Columbus and selling many of its local stores to Great Scot-owned Food World. Faced with competition from the new Albers supermarkets, Kroger began operating “cash and carry” supermarkets under the “Pay-n-Takit” name in the mid-1930s; interestingly, the name (albeit with slightly different punctuation) was originally used by a chain in Phoenix which was purchased by Safeway and used on some of its own stores in other markets as well. The region has also been served by A&P, Biggs, Liberal Markets, and Marsh, among others.

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