MIKE asked in Business & FinanceCorporations · 5 months ago

Remember when supermarkets were smaller?

Now it's only the small family run markets that are like that.

Here's some old photos.

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  • 5 months ago

    The term supermarket has been around from about 1931. How big of a store it takes to be super keeps changing. There was a time that the "supermarket" was just a grand grocery store. But now to be a supermarket there has to be a section where you can buy barbeque grills (one of many examples of things you would not have found in a Jewel store back in the 60's).

    The stores you are thinking about today are "Superstores", a department store/hardware store with a grocery market thrown in for one stop shopping.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    That's not a small supermarket. This is a small supermarket. A&P also had stores this size into the 1960s.

    https://www.glencovelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads...

  • martin
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    The gigantic supermarket is an invention of modern times. Previously, corporations did not own the markets. They all were small businesses. Big markets evolved to serve the growing population.

  • Mark
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    5 months ago

    Yes.  Some of the "supermarkets" even in the 1970s were small by today's standards.

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  • 5 months ago

    Interesting. In my hometown there are convenience stores that were originally supermarkets when the strips were built.

  • 5 months ago

    Old Jewel photos from decades past.

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    Source(s): Don't know that exact locations and certainly Jewel-Osco don't have markets this size anymore.
  • 5 months ago

    Capitalism. This is what happens when Conservatives give these huge corporations tax incentives while leaving all the red tape for small mom & pops shops. Watch the Walmart documentary "The High Cost of Low Prices"

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