Seven Things We Miss About Grocery Stores Back In The Good Old Days


As the years go on, things in our life begin to change right before our very eyes. It’s not until several years later we release how different it is now versus then. The same thing can be said for grocery stores! Kids these days may not relate, but a lot of us find certain aspects of grocery stores to be few and far between nowadays.

Supermarkets these days have become so commercial that they’ve lost the standards they once held way back when. Do you remember these things about grocery stores back in the day? We sure do miss them!


1. Scoring free items

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Vintage grocery store / Robert E. Fisher

There was once a time where you could score an entire set of china at the grocery store just from buying the same item each week. How awesome is that?!

2. There was always someone there to help you out

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Vintage grocery store / Spottswood Studio

There were always people around to help if you had any questions about anything. Nowadays, you’re lucky if you can flag down at least one person who knows the answer to your question.


3. There were giveaways and prizes

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Vintage grocery store / Richard Parks

There was always some kind of prize being given out back in the old days of grocery stores. Some supermarkets do this from time to time, especially during the holidays, but not many.

4. Someone to carry the groceries to your car

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Vintage Publix / Department of Commerce Collection

It used to be pretty common to have the bagger carry your groceries out to your car for you. I can name exactly one supermarket that still does this (and they don’t even do it every time!)

5. Service with a smile was a constant

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Vintage grocery store checkout / Karl E. Holland

Back in the day, practically everyone helping you out at the checkout was smiling. Nowadays, everyone looks so miserable to be there. A simple smile can go a long way!

6. People were dressed nicely

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Vintage grocery store shopper / Thomas J. O’Halloran

People just always wanted to look nice when they went grocery shopping. It was a bit of a norm back then! The same thing goes for the employees, too. Everyone just looked very sharp every day! Now, since modern fashion has changed, rarely do you ever see women in dresses or men dressed to the nines in a grocery store (unless they just came from an event).

7. The aisles were easier to navigate

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Vintage store aisle / Robert E. Fisher

Not only were aisles easier to navigate, but you could easily fit two carts in one aisle side by side. Now, it feels like you’re playing bumper carts when you’re trying to get your Sunday shopping done! It’s also difficult to find some items in certain supermarkets, especially when they change things around constantly.

Do you agree with any of the things on this list or are there any other grocery stores out there that still do these things? Let us know!


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