Andrew T.

Andrew T.

Posted on 12/10/2008

Photo taken on April 12, 2008


West Virginia
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Kroger superstore, Hinton, WV

Kroger superstore, Hinton, WV
Moving a county and a half over to Hinton, West Virginia, we discover yet another '70s superstore...although unlike either of the two previously mentioned, this one remains in operation. Next door is an attached Magic Mart with similar brick facing; although I suspect it may have been something else originally. Both stores are located on the banks of the New River. I can't imagine a more picturesque location for a grocery store.

I remember visiting this store once in the mid '90s: At the time, the store still had its original exterior signs (a large backlit rectangle with "KROGER" in block letters and a hexagonal "Delicatessen/Bakery" promotion over the entrance) and a number of older details inside; such as original 1970s checkout conveyors. Since then the store has been further remodeled both inside and out, but fortunately it still feels like a piece from its time. The aisles in this store are very narrow, and the original superstore floor tiles are (mostly) intact.