This is a list of all known chain grocery addresses in Calgary between 1930 and 1991, 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. I was not able to access city directories between 1953 and 1968; I will update when and if I can.

Access and download the location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.

Store tags:

  • Calgary Co-op
  • Dominion
  • Empress
  • Food City
  • Jenkins Groceteria
  • Loblaws/L-Mart
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Red & White
  • Safeway
  • Shoprite
  • Super Valu
  • Woodward’s


Just because the chain is now being discussed on my Message Board, and because I recently dug up these photos I shot during a 2001 visit, here is the former Jenkins’ Red & White store in downtown Zebulon NC.

Red & White, like IGA, was a franchise/co-op chain dating back to at least the 1920s. Its independently-owned member stores nationwide joined in an attempt to compete more efficiently against traditional chains like Safeway and A&P. Eventually, its stores were more likely to be found in small towns, where they were often the only supermarket around.


I have my suspicions that this store may have started out as an A&P location. I have absolutely no evidence to back this up, only a vague feeling about the sign. I haven’t revisited the area, but I’m told the store closed shortly after I took these pictures.