Littleman Stores


San Francisco chain which operated from 1937 to 1965. Began operations as Little-Mann Groceteria at 22nd and Geary. The chain was acquired by Cala Foods (now a division of Kroger Co.) in 1965, upon retirement of Littleman founder Leon Miller. Many of the former Littleman stores were still operating as Cala units when Kroger sold off most of that chain in 2006.

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  1. Katya Miller

    February 24, 2023 at 7:28pm

    Thanks for keeping records. I am from the Miller Family, Abe Miller’s daughter, Leon Miller’s neice. I want to get as much history as possible so all these years later, I can put together a chronology. Katya Miller, author of Lady Freedom – Heart of a Nation

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  2. Janet Watt

    March 29, 2023 at 5:30am

    I grew up walking to Littleman’s to pick up milk, etc.for my mom. I am now 70 years old and suddenly reminisced and looked up Littleman’s. Such great memories. I love the pictures. I can’t remember what I wore yesterday, but remember Littleman’s !!
    I met my best friend (to this day) walking to Littleman’s and found her and her bike at the bottom of the hill (Faxin? Sp?)
    I rescued her, so to speak, at the age of 8 or 9. She had broken her arm.
    And that’s all folks! Thanks for the memories!

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  3. Rod

    April 22, 2023 at 11:15pm

    I lived up on Collingwood, beyond 21st st, near the top. One day my mom had gone to Littleman’s, buying groceries, including a watermelon. She carried the bagged groceries up the stairs from the basement garage and had me bring the watermellon. I’m sure she told me to be careful with it. Well, I dropped it on the stairs. I was probably 13. She made me walk down those more than three long San Francisco blocks and buy another watermelon and heft it home.

    What got me landed on this site was that I was trying to come up with the name of the ice cream store from the ’60s that was kitty-corner from Littleman’s on 18th and Collingwood, where El Capitan Taqueria is now?.

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