There was a National Food Store on Milwaukee Avenue, north of California Avenue on the south side of the street. Right across the street from Max Gerber Plumbing Supply which I believe is now gone. The National Food building is still there and operating as Dearborn Wholesale Foods now.
I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago, and remember an A & P next to the shopper's world/community family center near Midway, which is now a parking lot for the airport. There was also a Jewel at the corner of 55th and Keeler. I also seem to recall a Jewel on Archer near Narragansett which turned into the "in the round" dinner playhouse. Also, a National on 63rd street west of Central, and another Jewel at 63rd and Narragansett in the park shops center, which is now a stop and shop. I remember my grandparents going to a "courtesy foods" on the near north side, maybe on Grand? Didn't Ford City Mall also have a National Tea attached to it in the beginning? It's funny the things and places you can remember from the ancient past!
> Great pics Rusty! I think the Eagle is still there
> as the fabric store (or is it the "Chicago's
> Discount Cleaners/Walgreen's" building just to the
> north which that canopy implies. Or is it where
> the current Dominick's is?
> Not quite in the same league, but Michael's Fresh
> Market in Kenwood just closed- we can record it
> here now for all times posterity!
> I believe the Eagle is now a Dominicks. Other
> stores/buildings are gone.
The Eagle in the photo became a Dominick's in the mid '60's. I worked there from '73 until it closed in the late '70's to make way for the big modern Dominick's that stands there today. Previous to being a grocery store, that building was a taxicab garage. The sales floor went from front to back and there was almost no back room at all. All the stock was upstairs. When I first worked there, things were moved up and down by conveyor belt. By '74 an industrial elevator was installed. Aside from our backstock, the upstairs was largely empty. There was a drive-up ramp that we had no use for and you could still see numbers painted on the walls were taxicab stalls had been. If you wandered further toward the front of the building up there, you came upon some old offices with clutter thrown about and even a condemned stairway that had once led down to an exit on Broadway. There wasn't any electricity in that part of the building so not many were inclined to explore it.
The buildings to the north in the photo were leveled a few years later and a Volkswagon dealership occupied the lot. Beyond that was Midwest Carpet which eventually became the fabric store. The next thing north of that was a Kroger (mentioned earlier in this thread) that became a Dominick's after Kroger sold out to them around 1969. Our neighborhood had the curious distinction of having two Dominick's operating within a block and a half of each other. The "little Dominick's" closed after the new modern Dominick's reopened at 6009. It became the "Chicago Discount Cleaners/Walgreens" that davey7 mentioned and it's still that today.
I remember the Jewel on Broadway near berwyn ave. there was a Dominicks right on the same street. I love my hometown of chicago I miss everything about it. The lake I miss the most and all the restaurants and the public transportation I'm here in denver and their public transportation is hooribe.
In Dunning/Schorsch Village there was a National (now an empty banquet hall) at 6725 W. Belmont Avenue and a Jewel at 6850 W. Belmont (now Avenue Food Mart). My family lived closer to National but for some reason my mom preferred Jewel so she and I would walk down to "The Jewel" and haul our groceries back home in a wheeled wire shopping basket. :-)
At 6725 West Belmont, that was the Golden Fawn Banquet Hall. I remembered when it opened it was a nice hall. I went there a couple of times for weddings. I also remembered helping my mom carry groceries home in the wire shopping cart from the the store. The winters were the worst.
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The talk about carrying groceries home reminded me that the A & P store that was in the 5500 block of south Ashland in the 50's had a delivery service. Women could shop, and leave the groceries with a clerk and they would be delivered soon after. I think mostly by high school kids bringing them in the grocery cart. I'm also pretty sure that they worked only for tips, but were in some way approved by the store manager.
> The talk about carrying groceries home reminded me
> that the A & P store that was in the 5500 block of
> south Ashland in the 50's had a delivery service.
> Women could shop, and leave the groceries with a
> clerk and they would be delivered soon after. I
> think mostly by high school kids bringing them in
> the grocery cart. I'm also pretty sure that they
> worked only for tips, but were in some way
> approved by the store manager.
WOW jak! My father did this around 1960 for the A&P on Madison St. near Pulaski. He was just a 10 year old kid and waited in a line with other kids for his turn. He had to wear a white shirt and a little tie in order to be allowed to represent the store!
My mother never shopped at supermarkets much, but I remember that my best friend's mother did. She would walk from around 57th and Hermitage to the A & P on Ashland. After an hour or two she would be home and soon after that the groceries would show up. I'm pretty sure that you had to be at least in high school at that time. I was not so I never did it. I do remember that the delivery boys were neatly dressed.
My dad was definitely 10-12 years old. He even remembered the store managers name! He said that they stood in a single file line and when the customers exited the store he asked if they needed help with their groceries. The customers that did would either have the boy take them to their cars and load them up or push the carts to the customer's building in the neighborhood. My father told me he remembered carrying some peoples grocery bags up three flights of stairs.