This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Altoona and Hollidaysburg 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.
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- Altoona retained a huge network of neighborhood service-type stores well into the late 1950s and even the early 1960s. The last A&P service store (900 29th Street) didn’t even close until 1956.
- The Shaffer Stores chain, which dated from just before the turn of the century, operated small service stores to the end of its existence in the early 1960s. Its core group of about 25-30 stores remained remarkably stable for decades, with few closures or new stores. Ironically, the chain’s last location operated out of the very same location where A&P closed its final counter-service store in 1956.
- Voluntary chains with small stores (Clover Farm, Nation-Wide, and Economy Stores) were also very big in the area until the 1960s.
- Large chains had largely abandoned Altoona by the early 1980s (A&P in 1982 and Acme serveral years earlier) due to declining population and labor issues, though Weis Markets and Penn Traffic (Riverside and Bi Lo) were a consistent presence over the next few decades.
- Clover Farm
- Economy Stores
- Giant Eagle
- Jubilee Foods
- Penn Traffic/Riverside/Bi Lo
- Shaffer Stores
- Weis Markets