Anchorage Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1948-2018

Last Updated on 26 November 2022

This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Anchorage between 1948 and 2018, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. This list is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.

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  • Following the Carrs/Safeway merger in 1999, stores were listed under a variety of names (Carrs, Safeway, and Carrs Safeway) and sometimes under multiple names.
  • There were apparently some Piggly Wiggly locations in the 1960s, but I can find no listings in the city directories for them.

Store tags:

  • Carrs
  • Fred Meyer
  • New Sagaya
  • Piggly Wiggly (not reflected in list)
  • Safeway

One thought on “Anchorage Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1948-2018

  1. Lynda Kvasnikoff

    September 9, 2020 at 9:31am

    There was a Piggly Wiggly in Anchorage (Spenard) in 1964. My husband, 6 month old son and I were in it when the March 27th earthquake hit!!!

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  2. Cherie Snyder

    July 18, 2023 at 4:42pm

    You don’t have accurate information. The grocery store you have listed as Bi-Lo was S&F Foodland owned by Jack Snyder. He had 3 in anchorage as well as Fairbanks, kenai peninsula

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    • Author


      July 18, 2023 at 8:08pm

      If you’ll look at my methodology section above, you’ll see that I rely on city directories, newspapers, and other sources, and that I do this research on my own time and at my own expense and make it freely available for no compensation at all. I want the details to be correct and I appreciate POLITE and CORDIAL requests for corrections. If you can give me the SPECIFIC location ADDRESSES and YEARS you are concerned with, I’ll see what I can do about an update. Currently, the stores are listed as they appeared in the Anchorage city directory. As is the case for many of the 300 or so cities on the site, I’ve never set foot in Anchorage so it’s not like I’m trying to do this from memory.

      That said, maybe you don’t realize how you sound when you start a comment by launching with “you don’t have accurate information” as if I have failed your final exam. It’s kind of a drag when people forget there’s an actual human being rather than a machine at the other end, and it sometimes makes me wonder why I bother. But fortunately most people aren’t like that. They recognize and acknowledge the work involved before snapping out a criticism.

      Anyway, have a delightful day.

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      • Daniel Herring

        September 11, 2023 at 12:47am

        I didn’t see the Prairie Market listed. In the building on Old Seward and Telephone Ave where the Goodwill is today. I think it was Mt. View Sports for some time in between. Anyway, it was a ‘wholesale’ type store that sold things directly out of the crates, and in larger quantities than Carr’s and Safeway, and also a bit cheaper.

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        • Author


          September 11, 2023 at 8:01am

          Thanks for the pointer. If I can determine if it was actually a chain and when it was open, I’ll work on getting it added!

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          • Author


            September 11, 2023 at 8:26am

            For the record, it was a chain (it was owned by Carrs) so I will get it added ASAP. Thanks again.

  3. Dee

    October 14, 2023 at 1:08pm

    What about Proctor’s? I worked at the Northern Lights location and Muldoon Rd store. I worked in the office for Orv Proctor, a truly wonderful person.

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