NorCal Payless locations developed in the 1950's and 1960's by the Oakland based entity were ad-hoc combo stores with a wall between the grocery and drug stores.The partnership with Albertsons commenced in the mid-1960's after abs acquired a smaller chain(the attached supermarkets weren't branded until then).Pleasant Hill was the first such combo store from around 1959,while additional NorCal sites were developed in the 1960's(citrus Heights was among those).Few if any of these combo store buildings remain intact to any extent.As late as the mid 1980's, shopping centers co-anchored by Albertsons and Payless were still being built in California though by then they were in truly separate buildings.storewanderer wrote:It was unusual for the Albertsons with Payless in CA to share a common wall (some did). Usually they just opened in the same shopping center. I don't know of any others that were a combo store like the Pleasant Hill described was. At that time the Payless operation in question was a CA-based Payless that had nothing to do with the OR-based Payless. The CA-based Payless briefly ran a store in Reno and a store in Sparks in the late 70's but both were with Longs and downsized (still big stores) by the early 80's then CVS closed both without converting; there was a Payless in Elko, NV that was from the late 70's or early 80's and I am not sure if that was from the CA Payless or the OR Payless; that store was closed shortly after the Rite Aid conversion.jamcool wrote: ↑August 6th, 2022, 11:31 pmSounds similar to the Skaggs Albertsons operation in the Southwest.Alpha8472 wrote: ↑August 6th, 2022, 9:14 pm In the 90s, Payless in the San Francisco Bay Area had huge stores. They carried a huge selection of items. The Payless in Pleasant Hill, California was originally an Albertsons Payless Combo store. The 2 companies teamed up to create a super store that featured a supermarket and a variety store with many departments. The Albertsons eventually closed in the 70s, but the Payless continued with a huge food section and tons of departments.
Then around 1996 the huge Albertsons Payless Combo store was bulldozed and replaced by a smaller Payless and the land was big enough for Staples, Computer City, and other shops. The new Payless still had a huge outdoor garden center and a huge selection of items beyond a typical drugstore. The Thrifty across the street was closed and turned into a Dollar Tree. Then in 1998, Rite Aid took over. Eventually a Thrifty Ice Cream counter was added to the remaining Rite Aid.
As the Tahoe basin is basically at the bleeding edge of the RAD West Coast presence,I really have to wonder if any of those locations are suddenly fair game considering that the staffing shortages have reared a an even uglier head than in urbanized areas of NorCal.
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