This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Milwaukee between 1930 and 2015, 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.
Many thanks to Jennifer Motszko for assistance with data collection.
Access and download the location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.
- Coverage area (for consistency of directories) is Milwaukee County, south and east of the county line and north of College Avenue (but not including Cudahy, St Francis, and South Milwaukee due to missing data).
- Milwaukee underwent a major street renaming/renumbering in 1930-1931 that affected basically every address in the city. Addresses on the sheet reflect the current (post-1931) names/numbers. Understand that this took me quite a while.
- Individual chain locations are not listed in the 1925 directory.
- Directories after 2000 tend to be less reliable, as is the case in most cities.
- My suspicion is that the links for Aldi and Sendik’s are a bit incomplete.
- National/Del Farm
- Pick ‘n Save
- Piggly Wiggly
- Red Owl