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This is the smallest Kroger store! This 7,000 square foot store is the most interesting Kroger location I have been to. In all likelihood, this store may be the oldest in the chain as well (not closed or relocated). This building was built in 1942 although I am not 100% sure it opened as a Kroger.

Someone from the town said they thought this was an auto showroom a very long time ago but I didn't notice any telltale signs of an auto showroom, such as bricked in auto bays or a designated office area. They may have been basing that off of the exterior design of the building. Looking at vintage grocery store pictures, it appears that VERY old (1940s and 1950s) A&P and Kroger stores very closely resembled auto showrooms in design. Besides, wouldn't it have been odd for someone to open an auto showroom in the middle of World War II? That would lead me to believe this store likely operated as a Kroger from day one.

If this did open as a Kroger from day one it would also explain the open ceiling. In the 1940s tin ceilings were installed inside of most Kroger stores since traditional drop ceilings were not around then. In 1942 when the store was built, metal (such as tin) was being used for World War II and would have been in very short supply for ceiling tiles. Had this store originally been an auto showroom and opened in more stable times, Kroger would have almost certainly put in a drop ceiling when they refurbished the building. I could find no trace of a drop ceiling of any kind ever being present in this store; there should at the very least be evidence of some brackets in the rafters where the ceiling used to hang from. I believe the open ceiling is good evidence this store was a Kroger from the beginning.

This store is very small for a Kroger. I don't see the point in having normal sized carts at this store. The aisles are so narrow that only one cart can go down an aisle at a time, the one aisle also has poles right in the middle where carts cannot fit around in either direction.

The one thing that surprised me was how busy this store was. The little parking lot was nearly full and people were also walking in from off the street. It seemed even odder that the store was busy because there is a larger IGA store just a block away. The store looks so empty in these shots because I don't really like taking pictures of people. I was also surprised to see two self-checkout kiosks here; the Wellston store didn't have them if I recall correctly.

This is listed as Kroger store #251. The Wellston store (I posted pictures of before) is store #258. I wonder why the numbers are so close together. Maybe Wellston had an older store downtown that moved in 1967 to the current location but kept the old number?

World's Smallest (and oldest?) Kroger store - West Main Street - McConnelsville, Ohio


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Photo taken @ Malta on 1 November 2015 (© Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr)

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