Dallas Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1928-1986

This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Dallas between 1928 and 1986, 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.

Notes:

  • Dallas is quite fascinating if for no other reason than the fact that it is one of the few places where A&P, Kroger, and Safeway all competed pretty aggressively in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Shopping center addresses have been mapped to their street addresses as much as possible.
  • There seems to be very little logic as to how the directional indicators are applied to Dallas streets. I have gone with what was listed in the city directories and have made them as consistent as possible.
  • Safeway and Piggly Wiggly were co-owned in the 1930s. The later Piggly Wiggly stores belonged to an unrelated franchisee.
  • Kroger acquired the Wyatt stores in 1958, but did not rebrand them until sometime between 1965 and 1970.
  • Kroger also seems to have tested a discount format named Bi Lo around 1970. A&P operated A-Mart discount stores at the same time.
  • I have not included chains that were essentially convenience or “dairy” stores (e.g. 7-11, Cabells, Mister M, Quickie, Pedigo’s, U-Tote-Em, Schepps).
  • Tom Thumb seems to have operated as a co-op or franchise from the late 1930s to about 1960, but there also were company-owned stores starting in 1948 (if not earlier) with the purchase of Toro Supermarkets. Read more here.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • Jewel T
  • Kroger
  • Minyard’s
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Safeway
  • Skaggs-Albertsons
  • Tom Thumb
  • Worth
  • Wrigley
  • Wyatt

One thought on “Dallas Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1928-1986

  1. Don

    April 15, 2019 at 8:40pm

    There was a small chain that my mother-in-law worked for in Oak Cliff back in the 60s called L & S Food Market. They were sold to Brancato’s around 1970. Did not see them listed. I thought they had more than 1 store, but maybe not. As I recall, L & S stood for Lowery & Stresnik. Not sure on the spelling.

  2. Stephen Cumming

    January 15, 2020 at 3:09am

    Kroger entered the Dallas/Ft.Worth makes with the purchase of the Wyatt Food Store chain in 1958. The agreement called for Kroger to retain the Wyatt name for a period of five years. After that time, all of the Wyatt stores were re-branded as Kroger stores. In the late 60’s/early 70’s Kroger tried a “warehouse store” concept called “Bi-Lo.” They converted several of their older stores to the Bi-Lo concept, which was used until 1973 when the stores were then returned to the Kroger brand and the Bi-Lo concept was dropped. When the Wyatt family sold the grocery stores to Kroger, it did not include the Wyatt Cafeteria chain, which remained as a separate entity. It was not uncommon to see a Kroger store next to a Wyatt Cafeteria.

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