A great photo of a 1960s Safeway in Blackfen, in southeast London, sent to me by Nic Ayling. It’s rare to find photos of UK Safeway stores from this era. He also included some interiors (of a different store, I believe) that demonstrate how Safeway was using more or less the same designs on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1960s and early 1970s.





From Heather David at SV Modern comes this sketch by architect John Bolles for a proposed Safeway at the Cupertino Crossroads Shopping Center northwest of San Jose. The store was mentioned in the June 1960 issue of Chain Store Age. The photo below is of the store as built, from a shopping center guide published by the San Jose Mercury News. I’d love to have seen this one.


228 East Seventh Street SE, Washington DC (1987, Washington Post).

Opened in 1940, this Safeway store at 228 Seventh Street SE in Washington DC managed to hang on until 1986. It was still profitable until the end; the need for expensive renovations was cited as the reason for its closing. The surrounding neighborhood was not happy about the closing and the city council tried unsuccessfully to delay it through legislation.

It’s a classic 1940s store, modernized probably in the mid 1960s. The Noe Valley store in San Francisco, closed in the mid 1970s and pictured below, was probably a fairly similar renovation. I’d love to have seen the interiors of these stores. It’s amazing they lasted as long as they did.

The SF location, by the way, managed to hang on for another fifteen years as a Bell Market after Safeway moved out. It’s now an unrecognizable Walgreens. I don’t know the fate of the DC store.

1333 Castro Street, San Francisco (1973, The Streets of San Francisco).


Sorry I’ve been neglecting the journal recently. Between classes starting back up and the untimely demise of my hard drive, not to mention lots of actual paying work, I’ve been a little busy. And I’ve also been trying to concentrate on both the content and design of the site, as you may have noticed.

Soon, I hope to have lots of updates to the Safeway section, and to complete the Winston-Salem section of the site. I’m also working on photo galleries for Atlanta, Chicago, and LA. If anyone wants to contribute content (or heck, even money), please let me know.

For now, I offer this quintessentially 1970s Publix store in West Palm Beach. I’m reading a company history of Publix right now, a Christmas gift from my betrothed. It makes for a nice diversion in between texts on library database design..

Sorry. I haven’t been doing much exploring of my own lately, although I have completed a very nice paper on the validity of paid placement search engine results and also an annotated bibliography on historical document digitization projects in the past few weeks, just in case anyone cares. But I’m planning on getting away this weekend, so there’s no telling what I might come back with (or where I might go).


Above photo courtesy of Mike in New Jersey.

The photo above shows the remains of an A&P on Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark. It’s still selling groceries probably seventy years after A&P moved in, so the location was obviously pretty good. The sign was evidently of pretty high quality as well.


Above photo courtesy of Jess Cliffe, Vintage Seattle.

Recently spotted online:

Above: Safeway, Little Rock AR. Courtesy Robby Delius.

I’m in the process (finally) of updating the Safeway section of the site. It’s one of the oldest sections of the site, much of it dating back to 1999 and 2000, so it’s desperately in need of an update to include lots of new information. If you’d like to add anything or have suggestions, please let me know.

Update: lots of good information on Big Chain in Shreveport (mentioned last week) has been added in this message board thread.

Random stuff for Friday afternoon:

First, for those of you who are feeling particularly upper midwestern today, here’s a site full of Red Owl photos.


Second, this beautiful Safeway on Pioneer Avenue in Cheyenne WY comes courtesy of Bobby Magill. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Safeway quite like it. Maybe we’ll call this prototype “Safeway Ranch”.


And last but not least, there’s this interior shot of a former Co-op Market in Ridgefield NJ, courtesy of Mike. I crave to be in this (apparently very well-preserved) store.