Fox Market, Van Nuys Bl. Circa 1960


It is always fun to come across yet another old photograph of Van Nuys.  (Courtesy of USC Digital Archives) This time it's the Fox Market, a chain, which once had an outpost at 7425 Van Nuys Bl. at the corner of Van Nuys and Valerio, north of Sherman Way . Legendary photographer Julius Schulman shot the Carl…

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Apparently it's hard to be a profitable supermarket when you have self-checkout, no cashiers to pay union wages, minimum hourly pay, non-existant health benefits, and cheap food. Why can't it be Gelsons that goes into Chapter 11?

Modernity and Kitsch.


I recently came across these 50-year-old photographs by Allan Grant that were published in the November 23, 1962 Life Magazine. They show a brand new supermarket, Piggly Wiggly,that had recently opened at 15821 Ventura Blvd. in Encino. The structure is now gone, replaced by a long, white office building. What surprised me most was seeing the…