Hi all. It’s been a crazy couple of months, and I apologize for the fact that the website suffered as my betrothed and I relocated and bought out first house in Winston-Salem NC recently. So it’s goodbye Harris-Teeter on Central, hello Harris-Teeter on Cloverdale.

Now that I no longer live there, I’m finally posting the final pages of the Charlotte section. Today’s covers the 1980s, and it’s the most interesting and complex one of the bunch, I think.

The 1990s and other assorted updates will be coming tonight and in the coming days, I hope.

Link to this entry…

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For your perusal, the first half of the Charlotte section, covering 1931-1969, has been posted. I’m very proud of it; it’s my most intensively-researched city feature yet…

The rest will come soon, and I may come back with some revisions on the first part. Comments, suggestions, and contributions are welcome, as always…

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Just to make an otherwise unremarkable Sunday a bit brighter, I received about 25 color photos of 1960-era A&P stores, many of them from the forgotten Southern California branch of the chain, from a gentleman whose grandfather took them while working for the company…

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They’re really amazing shots, interiors and exteriors in quite stunning color. I’ll be adding bigger versions when I do my revamp of the A&P and Colonial sections, which are my next two projects after the Charlotte section is done…

And yes, I really do plan to have that Charlotte section done soon. I got a little sidetracked by a personal matter recently, but it’s on the way. I promise…

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Ninth and Safeway Streets, Durham NC…

Spent the weekend in the Triangle area of North Carolina, and got a few interesting shots. I’ll post a few later and I may have one or two with information requests on the message board soon…

And the new Charlotte section is coming right along. I hope to have it posted in another week or so…

OK, so maybe I wasn’t on the radio a few weeks back as stated. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I’ll update you if I get any more news…

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Anyhow, for those who care, I’m working fast and furiously on my new Charlotte section, which is promising to be the most thoroughly researched yet…

If you have any information for me, please let me know. I’m especially light on vintage photos, so these are particularly appreciated, as are additions to the list of stores I’ve compiled. Note that there is no information for the years between 1992 and 2005. I’m working on it; so far I’ve been unable to uncover city directories for these years…

I’ve also been adding some random bits and pieces to the San Francisco section, not to mention Safeway and Lucky to reflect some recent research…

I’m in an updating frame of mind, trying to tie up some loose ends so I can finally start working on the Charlotte section of the site:

On all these sections, I’ve tried a few techniques designed to make updates easier and quicker. I’m adding gallery pages rather than the pop-up windows I’d been doing, which allows me to generate the HTML right from my photo database. We’ll see how it goes…

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Poor old, forgotten Winn-Dixie…

For those of you who care about such things, this particular one was originally a Zayre store. The Winn-Dixie relocated from elsewhere in the same center (on Cone Boulevard in Greensboro NC) in the late 1980s, after Zayre gave up on the location…

I believe this was Greensboro’s first Winn-Dixie “Marketplace” location. There was one in Charlotte at Tryon and Sugar Creek with exactly the same fa├žade; it had originally been a Woolco store, and it closed several years ago…

It’s interesting to see how the ever-increasing size of supermarkets caused them to take over so many old discount stores in Greensboro. A King’s store on West Market Street became a Kroger and later a Food Lion. The Kmart across the street became a relocated version of that same Kroger and then a Harris-Teeter. And Greensboro’s other Zayre store was briefly reborn as a Lowes Foods…

I have my doubts that there will be a new tenant in this old Winn-Dixie anytime soon, though…

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I’ve been trying to shoot lots of Winn-Dixie stores before there aren’t any in the area anymore. The one pictured above is in King’s Mountain.

I’ve also done the first bit of my Charlotte research and have compiled the list of addresses. If you’re really interested, I’ve put up a quickie HTML version of the spreadsheet here. It’s going to be interesting to see what is and isn’t still here in Charlotte, a city notorious for destroying almost everything old.

I’ll keep you posted…

I’ve arrived in Charlotte and I’m looking forward to documenting my new hometown. Saw a few interesting stores along the way, including the oldest continuously-operating A&P in New Orleans. Pictures and more news soon…

Interesting, though, that I seem to have driven out at least one supermarket chain after only a week in town…

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Sorry, I just thought this was a really cool picture when I saw it hanging in my favorite diner this morning…

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. It will probably continue over the next month or so, as I’m well into my cross-country move. We’re leaving San Francisco for good on Friday and will arrive in Charlotte NC about two weeks later, stopping along the way in Fresno, LA, Phoenix, Austin, and New Orleans, among other places…

Hope to have some nice pictures when we land…