Check out 100 vintage 1970s supermarkets & retro grocery stores

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Vintage 1970s supermarkets and grocery stores
In the seventies, supermarkets were ubiquitous, and millions of Americans routinely took a weekly trip to their local “grocery store and more.”

But what were those vintage 1970s supermarkets like — and how do they compare to today’s shopping options? Take a look!

Scenes from vintage 1970s supermarkets

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 7

Old Safeway supermarket - 1970 - 12-002

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1971 - 5-001

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 5-003

 


Happy retro supermarket shoppers & employees in 1970

vintage 1970s supermarkets - Safeway

Old Safeway supermarket - 1970 - 12

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 6


Six Safeway supermarket scenes of the seventies

Vintage Safeway stores from the early 70s (2)

Vintage Safeway stores from the early 70s (3)

Vintage Safeway stores from the early 70s (4)


Checking out package labels

Food Fair vintage 1970s supermarkets in 1974

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 2


Vintage bread in the Country Oven Bakery (1973)

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (3)


Free samples!

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 10-002


Gifts & goodies in the hospitality center

The section of the supermarket that sold greeting cards, candles and gifts

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (4)


Safeway grocery store in Denver, Colorado

“The broad expanse of colorful shopping area below is an interior shot of the largest new Safeway store…”

Vintage Safeway stores from the early 70s (1)


The ’70s grocery store’s fancy new tech: Barcode scanners

“Note checker’s hands: she is passing the electronic scanning wand over identifying mark on package. At that point, computer takes over, flashes price on display panel, prints customer receipt (coming out of box on counter) and updates store sales data by item.”

Vintage Safeway stores from the early 70s (9)


Safeway store in Portland

Vintage Safeway supermarket in 1977 (2)


Village Cheese Shop – Vintage supermarket department from the ’70s

Retro metal shopping carts aren’t much different now

Vintage Kroger grocery store - 1973 - 8-002


Wine & cheese, retro ’70s style

Vintage Safeway supermarket in 1977 (4)

Old Safeway supermarket - 1971 - 11-001


Fazio/Fisher Foods wine “cellars”

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1971 - 13-001

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 6


Wines from around the world

Vintage Kroger grocery store - 1973 - 8-001


Brown bags full of groceries from Safeway

Eco-friendly designs promoting conservation: Save water & Conserve energy

Vintage Safeway supermarket in 1977 (5)


Vintage brown paper grocery bag from A&P

AP vintage grocery store - 1972 - 10


Canned goods in aisle 4

AP vintage grocery store - 1973 - 5


Vintage A&P grocery store frontage & produce department

AP vintage grocery store - 1973 - 15


The vintage meat & deli departments at an old A&P

AP vintage grocery store - 1973 - 16

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A&P store sign: Open 24 hours (1975)

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 6


A close-up look at the deli delights

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 8


Shopping for fruits & vegetables 

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 9


Retro style shopping cart at the A&P

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 10


Oranges and other fruit on display

Big Bear 70s grocery stores 1971 - 21


Retro packaged cookie brands on a supermarket shelf

Fig Newtons, Mayfair, Nilla Wafers, Bake Shop Oatmeal, chocolate-covered graham crackers, shortbread, Chips Ahoy, Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies

Cookie shelves at vintage grocery store - 1974


Save! “Fight inflation with discount prices”

Love the kid sitting in the shopping cart

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 0


A vintage Dominick’s grocery store sign & facade

Also Chef Fazio’s delicatessen

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 5

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Please take a number: Vintage Take-A-Tab for a store bakery

Old-fashioned cakes, rolls, danishes and other treats

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 7


A woman with a full cart checking out the ol’ dairy aisle (1970)

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 10


Dominick’s vintage grocery store in the Chicago area (1971)

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1971 - 5


Meat and seafood at a ’70s food store

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1972 - 10


Vintage Kantor grocery store: Fresh meats & Delicatessen 

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1972 - 11


A busy Fazio’s checkout, complete with baggers

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 7


Vintage ’70s in-store bakeries

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 8

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1975 - 6

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Putting price stickers on frozen cans of juice concentrate

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 12


Scenes from vintage Fazio’s grocery stores

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1974 - 6

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1974 - 8


Mother and daughter shopping in the snack aisle

Vintage 70s supermarket scenes 1978


Fresh poultry & meat section

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (5)

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1973 - 6

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The butcher and fresh meats

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 5

Vintage Safeway supermarket in 1974 (2)


A butcher restocking the meat

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 10


Hamburgers tonight?

Here’s a huge package of ground beef

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 6

 


The old-fashioned meat department at Safeway

Old Safeway supermarket - 1977 - 5


Vintage 1970s Kroger grocery store produce department & deli

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (6)


Winn-Dixie storefront: The Beef People

Vintage Winn-Dixie supermarket in 1974


A&P Food stores: Garden center in Greenwich, Connecticut

AP vintage grocery store - 1970 - 6

AP vintage grocery store - 1971 - 3

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Deli meats, cheeses and bread at a vintage ’70s supermarket

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1973 - 6

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1974 - 2

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Red Owl grocery store: “The Meat People”

Old Red Owl supermarket - 1972 - 13


Potato chips can keep fussy toddlers occupied

Vintage 70s supermarket scene 1975


Vintage soda brands from the seventies

Includes Fresca, Shasta sodas, Schweppes, Vernors, Pepsi

Vintage 70s supermarket scenes - 1970 - 27


Vintage pharmacy/beauty section at a supermarket

Old Safeway supermarket - 1977 - 6


Selling gifts – cameras – film – jewelry

Old Safeway supermarket - 1977 - 6-001


Pick up a pair of pants when you buy your butter!

Old Red Owl supermarket - 1970 - 5

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Cookware & kitchenware

Including pots and pans, woks, mugs, copper fish molds and a whole lot more.

Old Safeway supermarket - 1977 - 6-003


Vintage frozen food brands in open cases

Vintage Kroger grocery store - 1973 - 6


Old-fashioned produce scales

Weighing the lightest bananas in the world

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 9-001


Check out the retro-style plastic price numbers

Vintage Kroger grocery store - 1973 - 7


Fun in the produce aisle

Old Safeway supermarket - 1971 - 11-002

Old Safeway supermarket - 1971 - 11-003

Vintage 70s supermarket scenes - 1970 - 28


Celery & more produce at a retro grocery store

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (2)


Mother and son in the vegetable section

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 5


Lots of loaves of bread in this old-school deli section

Vintage Kroger grocery store - 1973 - 8

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1973 - 6-001


Lucky stores with the slogan, “If you only knew”

Vintage Lucky supermarket - 1975 - 9-001

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Small A&P food store on a corner in New Orleans

AP vintage grocery store - 1970 - 4


The in-market drugstore section of a vintage supermarket

AP vintage grocery store - 1970 - 6-002


Retro laundry time at a vintage 1970s supermarket

See the old-fashioned laundry detergent, starch, fabric softener and more

AP vintage grocery store - 1973 - 5


Beauty products, then retro greeting cards & candles

A and P vintage 1970s supermarket in 1973


So many bread brands

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 8


Checking out with store-brand Pantry Pride products

The checker has a great retro pink shirt as part of her employee uniform

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1974 - 7

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 9

 

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 10


Vintage grocery stores shopping scenes from the seventies

Old Safeway supermarket - 1970 - 11

Big Bear 70s grocery stores 1974 - 8

 

 

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1970 - 5-002

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1971 - 5-002

 

 

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1971 - 13-003


Fazio’s storefront and sign – plus streamers

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1973 - 6-001

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1974 - 7

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Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 2-001

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 2-002


Finding florist-fresh flowers for the family

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 2-003

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 10-001


Little kid with Chomp Chomp game

The good eating game, from Pantry Pride

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1975 - 6


A&P vintage 1970s supermarkets

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 8-002


A checker hand-keying a price on a bottle of wine

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1975 - 19

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Busy supermarket checkouts in the 1970s

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 6-001

AP vintage grocery store - 1975 - 8-001


Busy vintage 1970s supermarket checkout lanes (1973)

Vintage 1970s grocery store - Kroger in 1973 (1)


Old Red Owl supermarket checkout (1978)

Old Red Owl supermarket - 1978 - 10


Chips, pretzels and more for just $15.49!

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1973 - 1


An old-school A&P supermarket checkout

Big Bear 70s grocery stores 1974 - 8

Vintage 70s supermarket scenes - 1977 - 11

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1974 - 7-003


All bagged up and ready to go!

Fazio-Fisher-Dominicks 70s supermarket - 1975 - 0

Vintage 70s supermarket scenes - 1978 - 14


A fashionable ’70s family at the Big Bear supermarket (1974)

This store was at Hart’s Family Center in Arkansas

Big Bear 70s grocery stores 1974 - 23

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One Response

  1. I remember Red Owl in the Twin Cities well into the late 80s, including one location in St.Paul with a large owl sign staring down on the street like a sentinel.That store is now a Kowalski’s market.Other defunct Minneapolis-St.Paul supermarkets I’d love to see vintage photos from include Hove’s (now Lunds & Byerlys), Country Club, Super Valu, Knowlan’s, R.C. Dick’s and Applebaum’s

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