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1844 US-6, Carmel, NY

Original Tenant: Grand Union
Address: 1844 US-6, Carmel, NY Opened: 1960s Closed: unknown Later Tenants: Key Food (2001-2004?) Photographed: November 2018 So let's see if I can reconstruct the story of what happened here. This mall opened sometime in the 1960s anchored by a Grand Union at the west end and an Ames at the east end. When Grand Union went under in 2001, like so many other of their smaller locations in the southern Hudson Valley, it was sold to a Key Food operator. Key Food presumably didn't last long, closing by 2004. At some point, Hannaford either took over the GU/Key Food or simply moved into the department store. Given that the Grand Union building was only 23,000 square feet, it probably wouldn't have been too appealing for Hannaford. Hannaford opened in the former Ames location in 2008, but when Hannaford parent Delhaize merged with Stop & Shop parent Ahold in 2016, they sold the 62,000 square foot Hannaford to Tops Friendly Markets instead of canceling t…

Coming Soon!

Over the next two and a half weeks or so, we'll be wandering through the northern parts of Westchester County before crossing into Putnam County, the next county to the north. As we'll see, this area is mostly suburban with only one large city (Peekskill) and getting almost countryside-like as we head east towards the Connecticut border. Much of this area is also very affluent, especially along the train lines that lead into New York City. While the majority of coverage will be on The Market Report because most of the stores are chain stores, we'll also be seeing three independent stores on The Independent Edition and one former supermarket here.

Some housekeeping notes...
From now on, I won't be tagging these coming soon posts with the names of each town that we'll be covering in the group. Unfortunately, there are simply too many to fit in the tag section. I'll continue to tag them with the region and state.We're introducing for this group a new feature (k…

589 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY

Original Tenant: A&P
Address: 589 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY Opened: early 1960s Closed: unknown Later Tenants: unknown Photographed: March 2019 This former centennial A&P is located just up the street from yesterday's ShopRite, though I would imagine the ShopRite dates to at least 10 years after the A&P (mid-70s at the earliest). Perhaps the ShopRite forced the A&P out of business, or maybe the A&P closed before the ShopRite opened. Either way, I'm pretty sure that the original A&P sign post still stands, although I do think the sign frame at the top has been replaced. We have one more store in Yonkers before we move on, which we'll see tomorrow on The Market Report!

125 New Main St, Yonkers, NY

Original Tenant: unknown
Address: 125 New Main Street, Getty Square, Yonkers, NY Opened: unknown Closed: unknown Later Tenants: Met Foodmarkets > Compare Foods Supermarket Photographed: March 2019 The Shop Fair, just four doors down from this former supermarket, did unfortunately put this store out of business. It was previously a Met Foodmarket that was owned by Hyun Soo Kim, later being taken over in 2013 by Sunni Hsuan Wang and converted to Compare Foods. The 3600 square foot store unfortunately didn't stand a chance against the 22,000 square foot Shop Fair. You can see how close they were here. Half of a former Met sign is still visible on the back of the store. I've messed with the lighting in the above photo to show increased contrast and if you look very carefully, the Met lettering is still visible. While Shop Fair may have put this store out of business, there's one other store on the block that hasn't closed yet, and we'll see that tomorrow on The Independe…

21b Knolls Crescent, Bronx, NY

Original Tenant: unknown
Address: 21b Knolls Crescent, Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx, NY Opened: unknown Closed: unknown Later Tenants: Genovese Drug Stores > Eckerd (?) > Rite Aid Photographed: March 2020 Our first stop is the neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil, which is across Spuyten Duyvil Creek from Inwood, Manhattan. This is a building that really looks like a former supermarket, especially from the back. It's about 6,000 square feet, and anchors a very small strip mall which makes up really the only commercial section in this small residential neighborhood. And although this is no longer a grocery store, there is a tiny grocery store just to the left (in fact, you can see its awning to the far left in the above picture). We'll be touring that tomorrow on The Independent Edition!

Coming Soon!

This group of stores coming up next is actually areas we've seen before. For one, we've extensively covered the northwestern Bronx, though we'll be seeing Spuyten Duyvil, which is kind of northwest of Marble Hill (see here); and Riverdale to the northwest of the store we've already seen. Then we're crossing over into Yonkers, which we've seen previously (if only briefly!), for some more extensive coverage. Stay tuned as we start here on Grocery Archaeology tomorrow!

Memorabilia: Pathmark Bandages

This is the label to a bandage from the Pathmark storebrand. It was printed wrong so that the printing is just a little too high meaning that this bandage has the Pathmark logo cut off. I've also had a Pathmark branded bandage in my wallet for years, which I believe I've posted previously, and which I recently switched out for a TopCare adhesive bandage.

Memorabilia: Pathmark Perks Coupon

So I have a Pathmark Perks card. What does it get me? Well, apparently things like this coupon for $1.50 off frozen food over $15 or more. But excluding ice cream...? Come on! Anyway, this one is long expired (2012) but still a fun find while digging through a family member's garage.

Memorabilia: Pathmark Perks Card

We've previously seen the Pathmark Advantage Club card my family used for years, but in 2008 when A&P purchased Pathmark, the program became Pathmark Perks. Notice the odd thing about this logo, it features the extended h in "Path" but "mark" is not set lower.
Like that! Notice the A&P address on the back instead of the Pathmark address in Carteret, NJ.

Memorabilia: Pathmark Coffee Can

My family shopped at the Pathmark in Elizabeth, NJ every week from opening day in 1968 until about 2008. Today, the Pathmark has become a Food Bazaar where we still do shopping on a regular basis. But that means there have been dozens of odd Pathmark containers floating around the various houses repurposed, although most are gone now. Here's one still holding nails or screws in a family member's garage in the Elmora neighborhood, right near the store.

Memorabilia: Finast Canned Peaches

Another Finast memorabilia post to continue yesterday's theme. This one was inside the same antique store that one was outside, in Searsport, ME. All sadly outside of my price range.

Memorabilia: Finast Beverage Box

Spotted outside an antique store in Maine. Here's a box that would've been used to transport soft drinks to Finast stores, and a look at some of the drinks they would've taken. We have another antique-store Finast memorabilia post tomorrow!

Memorabilia: Ann Page Black Pepper

Today's memorabilia post is a second Ann Page product, this one featuring black pepper. (See yesterday's post here.) Does anyone know whether the color difference on this compared to the celery salt indicates different ages of the two products, or were they produced simultaneously but just with different color packaging for different spices? I recently bought whole black peppercorns and was shocked at how expensive they were... but then again, the last jar I bought lasted me about two years. So there's that.

Memorabilia: Ann Page Celery Salt

Another round of spice containers here with the next two memorabilia posts. It's also another antique store find. Ann Page was the private label brand of A&P (hence the AP initials) when it was popular to brand products with a person's name, such as ACME's Virginia Lee brand. For ACME to sell a brand called Ann Charlotte Mercer Evans or something would be... much less catchy than A&P's Ann Page.

Memorabilia: Foodtown Bag

Walking around my neighborhood, I found this bag that someone had put out with the garbage. Unfortunately, it had probably been kept in a basement or something as it was damp and mildewy. My asthma would not have taken kindly to it. It's hard to tell exactly which Foodtown it came from, as my town hasn't had a Foodtown for probably 30 years at least. It's entirely possible it came from that store, as it shows the pre-1996 logo, but it's also possible it came from the still-in-business Foodtown a few towns to the north which is popular among some residents of my town too.

Memorabilia: Circular Bags 2

Yesterday we took a look at three different bags in which circular ads would be mailed to people's homes. This first bag features an advertisement for Twin City Supermarkets, a local chain in northern NJ. This bag was printed and distributed about 5 years ago. Since then, the Bridgewater and Jersey City locations have been converted to the Aqui Market banner and a new Aqui Market has opened in Califon. See our coverage of Califon, Sip Avenue, Garfield Avenue, and Elizabeth on The Market Report. The rest of the stores listed on this bag will be coming soon to the blog -- yes, I've photographed them all, along with more detailed coverage of Califon!
And this bag for Supremo Food Market. This bag has long confused me, mostly because I don't actually know how old it is. But I'd assumed Plainfield and Irvington opened around 2005-2007 (with Elizabeth being the first and Jersey City being the second). I don't think the bag is actually that old so that means they were usin…

Memorabilia: Circular Bags 1

I don't know how common this is in other areas of the country, but in northern NJ, many houses receive these bags weekly filled with local supermarket, drugstore, and discount store circulars. The bags themselves are typically branded with the logos of the stores whose circulars are included inside. This one dates back to around 2014, with A&P, Food Basics, and Pathmark logos featured.
A slightly different pre-2016 bag, with an old A&J Seabra Supermarkets (now Seabra Foods) logo displayed prominently at the top.
This one is printed with black instead of blue ink and features the Pathmark Sav-A-Center logo along with the logo of Super Xtra, an independent store in Newark which has since closed. (Additional coverage of that store will be coming.) Tomorrow we have three more circular bags with store-specific advertisements!

Memorabilia: Kroger Spices

They say spices lose their potency over time. I wonder how these are doing. Spotted in an antique store in Searsport, ME but sadly out of my price range. Finding Kroger branded products in Maine is unusual as they never owned stores in the New England region.

Memorabilia: Kmart Fan

I am not so interested in department stores or really any retail other than supermarkets. However, I know a good piece of retail history when I see it. This is a good piece of retail history.
I'd bet that this item dates back to the 1970s, given its design and color scheme. The best part, however, can only be seen up close...
Beautiful classic Kmart logo on the speed settings!

Memorabilia: Super A Seltzer

Our first memorabilia post of Memorabilia Madness is a fairly recent one. I bought this seltzer back in 2018 at Plaza Supermarket in Worcester, MA (now a Krasdale affiliated store) but at that point, I knew the Super A brand was soon to disappear. I saved this bottle and one other for historical purposes as Super A and White Rose were phased out in favor of Avenue A. I can attest to the fact that the seltzer is of equally high quality, although this particular bottle of Super A seltzer was rather flat.

Coming Soon!

It's almost here... starting on Sunday, we'll have a new memorabilia post every day for two weeks! This is, of course, in addition to normal coverage over on The Market Report and The Independent Edition. Enjoy!

1933 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY

Original Tenant: Safeway
Address: 1933 Victory Blvd, Castleton Corners, Staten Island, NY Opened: 1950s Closed: early 1960s Later Tenants: Finast > Super X > Revco > CVS Photographed: March 2020 This building was built as a Safeway and later sold to Finast. JoshAustin610 has more details on the drugstore history of the building here. It's an early prototype of the Marina style, and a similar variation we can see in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Today, the front wall, which would've been entirely glass, has been bricked over. Inside, the A-frame roof remains exposed, although there are is a drop ceiling at the angle. The approximately 14,000 square foot building makes for a very large CVS. We can see some of the windows still exposed on the front wall.

778 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY

Original Tenant: Waldbaum's
Address: 778 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY Opened: ca. 1960 Closed: 2007 Later Tenants: King Kullen (2007-2009) Photographed: March 2020 This building, a bit west along the Staten Island Expressway from Olive Tree, is actually two floors, with both floors being taken up originally by Waldbaum's. The lower (basement) level, which ends up being ground level on the side of the building and was originally the backroom, later became a CVS. King Kullen bought this Waldbaum's in 2007 before closing in 2009. At that time, after extensive renovations, CVS moved into the top floor around 2010. Queens, NY-based Fresh n Save Marketplace, a Key Food affiliate, moved into the rather dingy basement and equipped it nicely for a brand-new supermarket. Although Fresh n Save didn't last, a Key Food operator moved in, eventually selling to a CTown operator that closed and was replaced by the third SuperFresh on Staten Island. I photographed the last two (CTown and Sup…