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Both Piggly Wiggly and Winn Dixie were fairly common in this area several years ago.


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Richmond had a few Safeway locations until the early 1990s. At least one became a Food Lion.


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That was broader than just Richmond. They pulled out of "central Virginia" overall, including Charlottesville (which had several Safeways); I recall one of my college roommates was quite dismayed about it because he was loyal to Safeway as the chain he patronized at home in Connecticut. I distinctly remember his odd statement that he found it hard to "develop a shopping strategy" at the other Charlottesville-area grocery stores.

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That is an odd statement. I only remember going to Safeway once or twice, because there were closer stores. The south side of town where we lived had a couple independent grocery stores that we frequented until they became victims of Wal-Mart building a supercenter. (As was the very briefly open “The Grocery Store”, an Aldi-like concept by Hampton Roads-based Farm Fresh.) North side of town had Food Lion, Ukrop’s, and Winn-Dixie. The Food Lion is still around, Ukrop’s is now Publix, and Winn-Dixie was a thrift store before it became an auto body shop.

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There is a Safeway a few minutes' walk from our house (0.3 of a mile walking, 1.5 miles driving). I hardly ever go there because, first, I prefer Wegmans and I do most of our shopping there and, second, when I want to go to one of the grocery stores nearest to us I prefer to go to the Giant at the other end of the shopping center where Safeway is. I just plain prefer Giant to Safeway—maybe because my mom preferred Giant when I was growing up and seldom went to Safeway. My wife seems to feel the opposite, incidentally; she just went to that Safeway yesterday for her covid booster.

I remember "The Grocery Store" opening in Charlottesville in the old Safeway location at Barracks Road Shopping Center, but it didn't last very long at all and I don't remember what it became after that store closed.


--- Quote from: bing101 on September 22, 2022, 10:03:48 AM ---Shakey's Pizza is mainly forgotten in California due to current residents in the state. However Shakey's pizza is known for being inside of malls in the Philippines.

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We have a Shakey's in Palm Springs. I was surprised to see it when I moved here since I thought they were long gone. I haven't eaten there and probably won't because even though I haven't had their pizza in 40 years I can't imagine it's gotten any better than the tasteless pizza-like substance they previously served.

White Castle started in Wichita, yet the nearest one is more than 300 miles away in another state.


--- Quote from: webny99 on September 22, 2022, 11:19:32 AM ---Friendly's - They're gone from western NY except for one in Olean and one or two in the the Syracuse area.

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Friendly's is not alive and well in any region, although they are still somewhat well represented in western MA. In most of MA there are more buildings that used to be Friendly's then there are current Friendly's.


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