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October 8, 2021

40 Vintage Photos Bring Back Supermarket Memories Through Decades

Supermarkets proliferated across Canada and the United States with the growth of automobile ownership and suburban development after World War II.

Inside supermarkets through decades

Most North American supermarkets are located in suburban strip shopping centers as an anchor store along. Kroger is perhaps the most nationally oriented supermarket chain in the United States but it has preserved most of its regional brands, including Ralphs, City Market, King Soopers, Fry’s, Smith’s, and QFC.

In Canada, the largest such company is Loblaw, which operates stores under a variety of banners targeted to different segments and regions, including Fortinos, Zehrs, No Frills, the Real Canadian Superstore, and Loblaws, the foundation of the company. Sobeys is Canada’s second largest supermarket with locations across the country.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see what the food shopping experience looked like back from the 1950s to 1980s.

Woolworths Department Store, Main St, Southbridge, circa 1953

Woolworths Department Store, Main St, Southbridge, circa 1953

Cracker section, 1955

Kroger and strip mall, 1955

Mother shopping with daughter at Piggly Wiggly, circa 1960s

Shopping with mom, 1960

Young boy paying for groceries, circa mid-1960s

Picking out oranges, 1962

Dallas Kroger’s, 1965

Family shopping, 1966

Pudding aisle, 1966

Space age shopping, 1967

Food shopping, 1968

Kroger grocery store, 1968

Couple in dairy section, 1969

Happy Foods parade, circa late 1960s

Food shopping and mini-skirts, 1970

Graceland shopping center, circa 1970s

Grocery shopping small girl with mom, circa 1970s

Shopping with grandma (Bazooka Gum!). Also original “Kung Fu” TV Show poster in background, circa 1970s

Checkout lane, 1972

Checkout lane, 1972

Checkout lane, 1972

Checkout lane, 1972

Ice cream section, 1973

Food shopping in 1974

Alpha Beta supermarket, 1975

Shopping for groceries, 1975

Kohl's supermarket, 1976

Shopping in wine section, circa 1976

Supermarket checkout lanes, 1976

Shopping for peaches in a halter top, 1977

Finast supermarket, circa 1980s

Supermarket cashiers, 1980

Check out lane, 1981

Fruit section, 1981

Shopping for pop, 1982

Stocking Tylenol, 1983

“Total Discounts Everyday!”, 1984

Safeway, 1989




1 comment:

  1. I'm guessing the lady in photo no. 38 is removing the Tylenol from the shelf. That photo appears in several articles about the Tylenol poisoning scare of the early 1980s.

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