From the store entrances to the checkout experience, we have collected more than 100 photos of grocery stores in the olden days to help you make a little trip back in time.
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.
Vintage 1960s supermarkets & old-fashioned grocery stores
Old A & P food store
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Winn-Dixie grocery storefront in 1966
Food Giant signage/lettering in 1961
Vintage Food Fair supermarket storefronts in 1963, 1964 & 1968
The sign on an old Lucky supermarket in 1960
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.
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.
A&P store in 1967
Storefront roof includes a quaint weathervane
Vintage 1960s supermarkets: A&P in 1969
Fazio’s old grocery stores – 1969
The entrance of an old Safeway store in 1964
What food shopping used to be like
Shopping the aisles and special displays
Vintage ’60s grocery store produce departments
Vintage 1960s supermarket butcher/meat departments
Vintage Fisher Foods bakery department (1967)
Old Safeway supermarket Bake Shops in 1961 & 1968
Fisher Foods frozen food department (1967)
A full shopping cart at a Red Owl store (1968)
This shopping cart in a Red Owl Family Center shows a “mix” of food items, drug products, and non-food merchandise…
Full shopping cart at a vintage Safeway supermarket (1968)
A carton of the store’s Lucerne brand milk and a tub of sour cream shown here among other Safeway branded products
Cashier at the checkout of an old-style grocery store (1960)
Big Bear supermarket scene from 1961
Customers like the wide, clear aisles and conveniently arranged checkout lanes
Vintage Safeway store staff & checkout lanes in 1960
Food Fair vintage grocery store (1963 & 1967)
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.
Vintage sixties supermarket: Busy checkouts with long lines
Quaker products at a store checkout
Safeway checkouts in the ’60s
Products after cashier has manually entered prices
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.
“Help you to your car, ma’am?”
Back when it was typical for you to get help from someone to load your groceries