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In 1930s Buffalo, roots of the modern grocery store

The modern supermarket was still decades away in 1930, but if you were reading The News 85 years ago this week, you’d see some of the beginnings of modern grocery store practices.

A handful of the more successful corner grocery store owners were buying up or co-operating with other corner shops to create Buffalo’s first grocery chains.

The increased buying power of these larger entities translated into better prices for them — which in turn led to the first widespread and widely advertised sales of grocery goods.

These early chains became the forerunners and basis for larger stores and chains later. For example, the Flickinger stores eventually became Super Duper supermarkets. Danahy-Faxon stores eventually became Nu-Way stores, which became Acme Markets. Acme later was bought out by Bells Markets.

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