That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

April 14, 2008

Staples, Williamsburg, VA

Filed under: Staples,store profiles,williamsburg — Anita @ 7:51 pm

I’ve been wanting to take a photo of this place forever.

Staples, Williamsburg, VA

This HAD to be a grocery store in the 1980’s. Like an A&P/Super Fresh/Farmer Jack
maybe. Any clues? All the stores around this area are very 1980’s as well. I need to go back and take photos of those. This location is on Richmond Road I think and is near the 347 entrances for William & Mary.

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7 Comments »

  1. I think you’re on the money with the A&P/Farmer Jack hunch. It may have also been a Safeway, as the wood shingled mansard roof was a 1970’s fave of theirs as well. The red trim definitely speaks A&P, though its likely red to match Staples theme. Green trim would scream SuperFresh or Sav-a-Center. I would guess it was originally Safeway until the late 80’s, then A&P, then Sav-a-Center or SuperFresh in the mid-90’s and Farmer Jack by the late 90’s. A&P sold most Richmond Farmer Jack’s to Food Lion, this one looks like it escaped that fate.

    Comment by Ken Dillard — April 15, 2008 @ 2:46 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, the red trim is def. Staples. The paint job is too new.

    Comment by Anita — April 15, 2008 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  3. It was a Safeway when I was a kid (1980s)

    Comment by George — April 15, 2008 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  4. um your right it does look like one of the centenial era a&p stores

    Comment by kris-alyx devereux — April 20, 2008 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  5. A dead ringer for some of the later Safeways in the Richmond area, especially the one on Jahnke Road. I would assume that when Safeway pulled out of the old Richmond Division that Farm Fresh would have had first dibs on this store as they did on the others. Whether or not they took it is another matter.

    Comment by Dave — April 28, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  6. It was a safeway when I was younger and then become a supermarket called Marketplace before it eventually closed and become Staples and staples doesnt even use all the space that was occupied by the former supermarket, the rest of the space has been for lease sicne they opened

    Comment by Tom — June 19, 2008 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  7. It was most definitely a Safeway when I was at W&M in the early 80s. There was (and maybe still is) a bus stop right near there so that carless students (of which I was one) could get groceries and carry them back to campus. I carried a lot of Diet Coke/Tab and popcorn back from that store…

    Comment by Cindy — April 22, 2010 @ 3:04 pm | Reply


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