100 vintage 1960s supermarkets & old-fashioned grocery stores

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Vintage 1960s supermarkets and old-fashioned grocery stores

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Here’s what the food shopping experience — at least the ideal version — was like back in the sixties.

From the store entrances to the checkout experience, we have collected more than 100 photos of grocery stores in the olden days.

The vintage 1960s supermarkets featured below include family favorites like Kroger, Winn-Dixie, A&P, Safeway, Food Giant, Fazio’s, Gamble-Skogmo, Food Fair, Big Bear, Lucky and others.

For more, don’t miss checking out vintage 1950s grocery stores and 1970s supermarkets.

Vintage 1960s supermarkets & old-fashioned grocery stores

A-P vintage grocery store - 1965 2

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Winn-Dixie grocery storefront in 1966

Winn-Dixie vintage grocery store - 1966 10


Food Giant signage/lettering in 1961

Food Giant old grocery store - 1961


Vintage Food Fair supermarket storefronts in 1963, 1964 & 1968

Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1963 2

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1968 22


The sign on an old Lucky supermarket in 1960

Lucky vintage grocery store - 1960 1


Safeway in the ’60s

These are Safeway stores: a variety of styles and sizes in various areas — big city, suburban shopping center, valley town.

While the theme is unmistakably “Safeway,” the architectural style varies to harmonize with local surroundings or to fit in with community development plans.

Vintage Safeway store in 1968

Also making for more variety than in the past is our use of the newer structural materials and techniques that are becoming increasingly available. These often simplify construction and save on cost while enhancing utility and beauty.

Besides being modern and attractive, our stores must be convenient, to make shopping in them a pleasant experience. This means the proper location in town and the right layout of building and parking lot.

Within the stores it means convenient and efficient arrangement of aisle space and merchandise, and modern checkstands providing fast and efficient service.

The vital nature of this objective is well understood. This is the front line; this is our lifeline. This is where we meet the customer and compete for her favor.

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1968 14

Safeway retro grocery store - 1968 13


A&P store in 1967

Storefront roof includes a quaint weathervane

A-P vintage grocery store - 1967 15


Vintage 1960s supermarkets: A&P in 1969

A-P vintage grocery store - 1969 14


Fazio’s old grocery stores – 1969

Fisher Foods old grocery store - 1969 6

Fisher Foods vintage grocery store - 1969 7

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The entrance of an old Safeway store in 1964

Safeway retro grocery store - 1964

 

What food shopping used to be like

Shopping the aisles and special displays

Grocery store aisle in 1965

100 vintage 1960s supermarkets - 1964 18

Fisher Foods vintage grocery store - 1968 5

 

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1965 22

Vintage Pepsi refrigerator display from 1966

A-P retro grocery store - 1967 14

Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1967 16

Food Fair retro grocery store - 1967

Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1968 9

Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1963 4

Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1966 1


Gamble-Skogmo vintage grocery store - 1967 16

Vintage Rexall Drug store - 1960s

Huge Dr Pepper supermarket display in 1969

Quaker Cereals at the supermarket - early 1960s (2)

Kroger vintage grocery store - 1967

100 vintage 1960s supermarkets - 1968 Kroger

nationaldairy vintage grocery store - 1966 17

Lucky vintage grocery store - 1960 7

nationalbiscuit vintage grocery store - 1969

Old Big Bear supermarket - 1960 9

Old Big Bear supermarket - 1960 15

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1961

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1961 10


Vintage ’60s grocery store produce departments

Vintage produce supermarke display in 1965

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1963 16

Old Winn-Dixie grocery store - 1963 23

Old Big Bear supermarket - 1960 10

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1968 - vintage 1960s supermarkets

Food Fair old grocery store - 1968 10

Safeway old grocery store - 1963 22

Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1967 1

Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1964 4

Old Big Bear supermarket - 1960 5

Winn-Dixie retro grocery store - 1966 9

Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1965 14

Old Big Bear supermarket - 1963 9

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Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1967 9

Vintage 1967 Fisher Foods fresh produce department

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Vintage 1960s supermarket butcher/meat departments

A-P vintage grocery store - 1966 1

Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1965 4

Vintage 1967 Fisher Foods meat department

Old Winn-Dixie grocery store - 1961 3


Vintage Fisher Foods bakery department (1967)

Vintage 1967 Fisher Foods bakery department


Old Safeway supermarket Bake Shops in 1961 & 1968

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1961 9

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1968 16


Fisher Foods frozen food department (1967)

Vintage 1967 Fisher Foods frozen food department


A full shopping cart at a Red Owl store (1968)

This shopping cart in a Red Owl Family Center shows a healthy “mix” of food items, drug products, and non-food merchandise…

Gamble-Skogmo vintage grocery store - 1968 10


Full shopping cart at a vintage Safeway supermarket (1968)

Full shopping cart at a vintage Safeway supermarket in 1968


Cashier at the checkout of an old-style grocery store (1960)

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Big Bear supermarket scene from 1961

Customers like the wide, clear aisles and conveniently arranged checkout lanes

Old Big Bear vintage supermarket in 1961


Vintage Safeway store staff & checkout lanes in 1960

Vintage Safeway store checkouts from 1960


Food Fair vintage grocery store (1963 & 1967)

Food Fair vintage grocery store - 1963 16

Food Fair vintage 1960s supermarkets - 1967 23

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Automatic cart unloading: An A&P first (1967)

A way to just push your cart up to the checkout so it would open and empty onto the conveyor belt… a process that didn’t last.

A-P vintage grocery store - 1967 Automatic cart unloading: An A&P first


Vintage sixties supermarket: Busy checkouts with long lines

Vintage sixties supermarket scene (1964)

Gamble-Skogmo old grocery store - 1962 12

Gamble-Skogmo vintage grocery store - 1966 4


Quaker products at a store checkout

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Quaker Cereals at the supermarket - early 1960s (3)

Quaker Cereals at the supermarket - early 1960s (1)


Safeway checkouts in the ’60s

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1963 18

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1965 21


Products after cashier has manually entered prices

A-P old grocery store - 1966

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The vintage supermarket check-out cash register (1966)

What happens when “the office machines company” enters your supermarket? You exit faster.

New Victor cash registers are designed to step up the tempo of any check-out line. Their keyboards respond instantly to the lightest touch, and eliminate the time-consuming chore of pre-sorting taxable and non-taxable items.

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Lucky vintage grocery store - 1960 5

Safeway old grocery store - 1968 2

National Food Stores 1964

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Food Giant vintage grocery store - 1962 14

Food Fair vintage 1960s supermarkets - 1963 10

A-P vintage grocery store - 1960


“Help you to your car, ma’am?”

Back when it was typical for you to get help from someone to load your groceries

A-P vintage 1960s supermarkets - 1967

A-P vintage grocery store - 1967 1

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Safeway vintage grocery store - 1963 1

Safeway vintage grocery store - 1963 2

Old Winn-Dixie grocery store - 1965 8

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