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Things that don't exist anymore

I'm starting something a little new, wherein I discuss some of the things that don't exist anymore. More specifically, they don't exist in Southern California any more. So something like Safeway, which exists and is rather large, will make my list because they pulled out of the SoCal market in the early 1980's. Also, this is for things that I know enough of and/or can remember. So Sturges in San Bernardino is out, because I know the name only.

This week's entry is about FedMart. FedMart was founded by Solomon Price, and was one of the first major supermarkets in Southern California. It was also, I believe, the first ot introduce a generic "brand" for food products with it's plain yellow label. Eventually, there was a "FM" brand, which was a circular red logo with the white "FM" letters inside. I know, becuase for years after it's closing Mom still had things around the house with that logo on it.

If I recall correctly (and I was a kid at the time, so I may be way off -- if you have other info, please let me know!), there was a big union hassle in SoCal which boiled down to the workers needing to become union members, or FedMart closing. Rather than bow to union pressures, the company shut down. Note that the company was NOT purchased by someone, but just shut down. The properites that FedMart stores were on were later sold to Target, who was trying to expand into the SoCal market. Until they closed and bulldozed it a few years ago, the store on Mountain Ave. in North Ontario, which was a former FedMart that turned into a Target, had the same trilon type sign from days of yore.

Before FedMart stopped, Solomon Price took what he learned from his FedMart experiences and created a small little membership based store called Price Club, which will be an article for another week.


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Dec. 31st, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
I am totally going to dig this series of posts. Just so you know. :)
Dec. 31st, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's been something that's been whirring around in my head for some time, and I thought "what the heck?".
Jan. 1st, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
That former Target used to be a FedMart?!? Hmm, I did NOT know that. That trilon sign has been there since I could remember moving to Ontario. I'm gonna love hearing these, especially if it's in our area. I have a few reminisces about Ontario and Upland, myself. =)
Jan. 1st, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
We used to have Safeway here. I remember my mother shopping there. It sounds like they pulled out of this market the same time they pulled out there (early 80's).
Mar. 7th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Fed-Mart* and Unions
It's interesting how none of the accounts of FedMart closing don't even mention the union perspective. I remember when the one on Balboa Ave in San Diego closed. It was all because they didn't want to concede to unionization demands. Shortly afterwards non-union Target opened up shop. Since then that particular Target has remodeled and expanded (2010), and seems to be doing very well.
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