Store Models & Interiors

     Here on this tab is everything you'd want to know about Albertsons Florida store models and their interiors. As a bonus, I'm also including information on Publix and Winn-Dixie store models and interiors here, since they will tend to pop up on The Albertsons Florida Blog and on our flickr page fairly frequently (as I tend to refer to Publix and Winn-Dixie stores a lot). I figured I'd add the Publix and Winn-Dixie information to help clarify myself with my references to these stores by making everything somewhat standardized and understandable to everyone. 

Albertsons Florida Store Models:

During their time in Florida, Albertsons used a few different store models. In this section I'll explain the most common ones and give some information on each of them, including time periods when they were built and distinctive features. All of the names I'm giving them are ones I made up and did not come from Albertsons. Just to note: These models are for Albertsons Florida specifically. While in other parts of the country most Albertsons stores looked fairly similar or almost exactly like the ones described here, sometimes there were variations used in other regions that aren't mentioned here.  

The Skaggs Model:

Albertsons #4301 Clearwater, a typical Skaggs Model store. All of the following bird's eye satellite images are from Bing Maps.
This was the first store model that Albertsons built across Florida, back when they were still partnered with the Skaggs Company, which is why I'm calling this one the Skaggs Model. These stores were based off of Skaggs and Albertsons original superstore concept. After the two companies split up in 1978, Albertsons continued to build stores that looked like this into the early 1980's. For the most part, stores #4301 through #4346 were of this style, but Albertsons gave some of these stores extensive remodels in the 90's, somewhat disguising them at first sight. Some distinctive features of the Skaggs Model are the 2 walls in the front corners of the store that stick out a little (however in some later versions of the Skaggs Model, these were removed), and a rectangular entryway that sticks out of the middle. The liquor store is usually tucked into one of the front corners of the building with an entrance along the side wall.     

The Trapezoid Model:

Former Albertsons #4354 Bradenton, a typical Trapezoid Model store.
After the Skaggs Model died out, next came the Trapezoid Model, named after the trapezoid shaped area of the building over the entryway. That area is this model's most distinctive feature. The liquor store is still a part of the main building in one of the front corners, but the entrance has been moved from the side of the building to the front. These were built during a few years in the mid-80's, and were stores #4347-#4358. I've seen a few people online say that these Trapezoid Model stores are former Family Mart stores, but I don't think they were. The only Albertsons in a former Family Mart that I have confirmed is store #4381 in Tamarac. Albertsons tried to buy 18 Family Mart stores when A&P pulled out of Florida, but that deal fell through. Below is a confirmed former Family Mart store in North Fort Myers:



The Family Mart above was one of the ones that Kash 'n' Karry purchased when Family Mart pulled out of Florida, and has been closed for years. While these two stores have many similarities, there are a few differences between them. The trapezoid area over the entryway on the Family Mart has a wall that extends back into the roof. The Albertsons doesn't. You can't tell from these pictures, but the entrance of the Albertsons is on an angle, following the roofline of the trapezoid on both sides. The Family Mart's entrance is not on a diagonal. Also, the Albertsons originally had an entirely stone front. The Family Mart had 2 stone bands that wrapped around the whole store (the two brown stripes in the picture above). From all of that, I'm pretty convinced the Trapezoid Model Albertsons stores weren't Family Marts.

The Superstore Model:

Former Albertsons #4376 Winter Springs
As we get to the late 80's and early 90's, Albertsons began to build much bigger and more intimidating looking stores in Florida. These are the Superstore Model, named after what many newspaper articles referred to Albertsons stores of this time as. The exteriors of these stores varied in shape, size, and materials, like the grand, rectangular brick exterior of the store above, to the more graceful stucco and arches of the one below. 

Former Albertsons #4410 Kissimmee

For this model, there were two entrances, one usually labeled ‘Food’ and the other ‘Pharmacy’. These stores were big, and Albertsons wanted to compete more with Publix, who was beginning to gain much more power in Florida now. Also, for this model, the liquor store was no longer a part of the main building, and was moved into it's own smaller building attached to either the right or left of the store. If there was not enough room next to the building, the liquor store was moved out into the parking lot somewhere. The superstores were stores #4359-4389 (with a few exceptions of takeover stores and numbering violations) and #4410 and #4412.

The Jewel-Osco Model:

Former Albertsons #4401 Clearwater
In 1992, Albertsons bought 7 Jewel-Osco stores and 2 planned sites from their parent company American Stores. These Jewel-Osco/Albertsons stores had a distinctive trapezoid shaped area on the roof of each store. There were also 2 very distinct arches over the entryways, like the ones above. The liquor store was tucked into one of the front corners of the building. The first Jewel-Osco in Florida, which is now Albertsons #4402, has slightly modified arches over the entrances and only half the trapezoid on the roof. These Jewel-Osco takeover stores were stores #4401-#4409.

The Circle Model:

Former Albertsons #4411 Kissimmee.
In 1993, the one and only Albertsons Circle Model store opened in Kissimmee, store #4411. This store looks different from any other Albertsons built in the state, and I have confirmed this was an Albertsons ground up build. This store has always intrigued me due to its unique design, which is the large circular entryway. This may have just been a modified Mid-Late 90's Model design (see below for more on that model), but they were always square looking, except some of the later Mid-Late 90's stores. This store had a single entrance and exit under the circular area. If you know of any other Albertsons built like this outside of Florida, please tell me.

The Mid-Late 90's Model:

Former Albertsons #4429 Melbourne
These stores were built in the mid-late 90's (hence the name) and consolidated the two entrances and exits into one. Their exteriors were very rectangular shaped, like the one above, but some of the later stores of this style used arches. Some of the later Mid-Late 90's stores had a windowed in cart storage area before the main entrance doors as you would walk in, like the store above (it's to the left of the main arch). These stores were #4413-late 4430's (There was a transition period around 1996-1997 where the Mid-Late 90's stores and the Early 2000's Model stores looked like hybrids of each other).       

The Early 2000's Model:

A typical Early 2000's Model store, Former Albertsons #4471 Sanford
Now that we're in the late 90's and early 2000's, we come to the Early 2000's Model. Even though this design is most closely associated with stores built after 2000, the first stores of this style actually began opening in 1999. These stores typically had a large arched entryway, but sometimes it was rectangular. The entrance was located under the main arch, and the exit was located off to one of the sides under the smaller awning. There is a variation of this model, which you can see below:

Early 2000's Model Variation, Former Albertsons #4465 Sarasota. The entryway arch was slightly smaller and 'Albertsons' was off to the side.
These stores were built during Albertsons last big push to make something out of the Florida division. They were stores from the late 4430's-#4486.

The Modified Early 2000's Model:

Former Albertsons #4495, Orlando
The Modified Early 2000's Model marks the end of Albertsons time in Florida. 5 of the last 6 Albertsons stores in Florida were this type, and were built from 2003-2004. What makes these stores different from the standard Early 2000's Model? The only difference is that the Pharmacy department now has its own entrance off to the side (the arch all the way to the left in the picture above). Otherwise, these stores look just like a typical Plaza Model store from the exterior. The interiors also included a slightly different layout, and were much larger than a standard Early 2000's store. These were stores #4495-#4498 (except #4496, which took over an existing building), #4316(2) and #4384. 

Albertsons Florida Interior Decor:

Updates and more photos to come soon!

The Albertsons Florida Blog's Albertsons Decor Directory is still a work in progress (mostly photograph-wise - I hope to add some of my own photos of these interiors here soon!). Although there are only 3 Albertsons left in Florida, I know there's at least 1 surviving example of each of these interiors left throughout the state, except for the 70's Stripes interior.

70's Stripes
    
A somewhat grainy view of the 70's Stripes interior in the South Orange Ave. Albertsons in Orlando (#4323). Photo Courtesy of Youtube.com. Watch the full video featuring this store here.

     70's Stripes was the original Skaggs-Albertsons interior used from when Albertsons first entered Florida in 1974 until the introduction of the Blue and Gray Market interior in the mid 80's (See below for more on that). This interior was very colorful, with many red and orange stripes and color schemes throughout the store. It's hard to find photos of this interior. The 70's Stripes interior lasted in some stores well into the 90's, however it was all gone from Florida before the beginning of the 2000's, making photos of this interior hard to come by. All of the Skaggs and Trapezoid Model Albertsons stores would have originally had this interior.

Blue & Gray Market:

     The Blue & Gray Market interior was the oldest surviving interior when Albertsons started to pull out of Florida in the late 2000's. This interior came out in the late 80's and was used all the way into the late 90's. It had white walls with a gray textured stripe running around the perimeter of the store. On this stripe were the department names spelled out in blue letters. I really don't know much about Albertsons interiors before the Blue & Gray Market era, and photos of interiors from before that era are probably hard to come by anyway. 

     To see some pictures of the Blue & Gray Market interior at Albertsons #4441 in Pensacola on dirtyblueshirt's flickr photostream, click here.

     Also, the Clearwater Albertsons has this interior, except it's been repainted recently into something better described as the 'Yellow & Green Market' interior. 

***NOTE: The Acme Style Blog has an entire decor directory for each of the following Albertsons interiors, which have also been used in Acme stores since they were acquired by Albertsons in 1999 and are exactly the same as the ones used in Albertsons Florida stores. Acme Style's posts do a much better job describing these decor packages than I probably could (and they have many more pictures than I can currently provide), so I'll provide the link to them at the end of each of these short descriptions.***

Blue & Green Awnings:

     After over a decade of the Blue & Gray Market interior, Albertsons decided it was finally time for a change. That change brought along with it the Blue & Green Awnings interior (The interior decor names from here to the bottom of this list are the creation of the Acme Style Blog). Albertsons stuck with the Blue & Gray Market interior for almost a decade, but from here on they keep switching decor ever 2-3 years. Blue and Green Awnings was the original interior used in the first of the new Plaza stores, and it came out around 1998. The introduction of this interior also coincided with Albertsons' introduction of warehouse ceilings in their new stores. Before Acme Style came out with the Blue & Green Awnings name (the name came from some of the wall decorations used throughout this interior), I used to call this look the 'Pillow' interior because the design used on the walls looked like pillows to me, but I think Blue & Green Awnings is a much better name. 

    To see Acme Style's Decor post on the Blue & Green Awnings interior, click here. Acme Style calls this a "rare decor". For Acme stores it was fairly uncommon, but for Albertsons Florida, this decor was fairly widespread and used in many stores across the state.   

    Also, this is the interior that's used in the Altamonte Springs and Largo Albertsons. 

The Plaza/Theme Park/Grocery Palace:

     This Albertsons interior has the biggest identity crisis. In 1999, Albertsons came out with an all new interior decor they considered revolutionary, entirely replacing the Awnings interior by 2000.This new decor gave each department it's own unique feel with huge, specially designed props and signs to make each department feel unique, like a barn used to store milk, a giant bowl of chips and pretzels over "Snack Central", and a giant spinning mobile of cats, dogs, and birds over the Pet Care department (among others crazy things - the stores built from the ground up with this look were much more over the top than the stores that were remodeled to this look). This was The Plaza interior (where the store model of the same name came from). The name 'The Plaza' came from the fact that since each department had its own feel, it was like walking through an old time downtown plaza where each store sold something different. Acme Style gave this interior the name "Acme Theme Park" because of it's over the top feel and carnival like styling. However, I always thought the official name Albertsons gave this look was The Plaza, but it seems like the official name of this look was 'Grocery Palace'. 

     To see Acme Style's Decor post on the The Plaza/Theme Park/Grocery Palace interior, click here.       

Industrial Circus:

     Albertsons used The Plaza interior throughout Florida for new and remodeled stores from 1999 until 2002, when the next interior decor came out. That new interior was Industrial Circus. Industrial Circus did away with all of the fun, unique departments we saw in The Plaza interior for a more standard supermarket feel. The main element of the Industrial Circus interior were the metallic or metallic styled department signs. Also, each department was painted bright, fun colors. I guess corrugated metal was the big trend in supermarket decor in the early 2000's, because the introduction of Albertsons's Industrial Circus interior coincided with the introduction of Publix's Metallic Marketplace interior.

     To see Acme Style's Decor post on the Industrial Circus interior, click here.   

     Also, this is the decor that can be seen in the Oakland Park Albertsons store (and I think it has the basic version of this look).

Albertsons Marketplace:

     This was the last of Albertsons interiors to make it to Florida. Very few stores in Florida got this look, which came out around 2003. The only stores I know to have gotten this interior were the new Modified Plaza Model stores from 2003 and 2004, right before Albertsons began the great Florida exodus. This decor was when Albertsons finally began switching to the whole earth tones thing that the more upscale stores like Whole Foods and Publix are currently using (although Albertsons current decor, which never made it to Florida, is back to bright, fun colors throughout). 

     To see Acme Style's Decor post on the Albertsons Marketplace interior, click here.

Brown Lifestyle:

     As Albertsons Florida began its transition into Safeway in Early 2016, Albertsons/Safeway also rolled out a new interior beginning with their Florida stores. These new Safeway stores feature a mostly brown colored interior, with many pieces of Albertsons most recent interior package (Quality Built) with Safeway's Lifestyle interior. Another large aspect of this new interior is local flare, with references to the city the store is in throughout the building. For some pictures of this interior, please click here.   

Publix Store Models:

Art Deco:
A former Art Deco Publix from Lakeland, FL
     The art deco style Publix stores were Publix's first widespread store model as they began to expand across the state. This model was introduced in the 40's. These stores are extremely tiny compared to today's monster 50,000+ square foot supermarkets, however they were a bold architectural statement when they first came out. These stores had that distinct, movie theater style front with rounded edges. The Publix sign ran down that vertical piece right over the main entrance to the store, with glass block accents to either side of the sign. Despite being so old, many of these art deco style Publix stores remain throughout Florida in almost perfect condition, although all of them have been re-purposed for other businesses.   

Wing Store:
An amazingly still intact original Publix Wing Store in Miami Beach, FL.

     By the time the mid-50's were rolling in, Publix was in need for a new, more modern, store model. With that came the Publix Wing Store, named after the distinct wing-like piece in the middle of each store's exterior. The Wing Model and the Art Deco Model are Publix's most famous store models, and are what many people think of when the here the name Publix. The store pictured above is the last surviving original Wing Store in the entire chain, although in recent years Publix has built some similar replicas of what many consider to be their most unique and timeless design, which lasted into the 1970's. Also, it was during the time of the Wing Store when Publix introduced their famous Tile Murals to the front of each store (more on those soon).  


70's Model:
A now demolished former Publix store in Temple Terrace, FL.

     As the Wing Store began to fade away, Publix started to get a little more bland with their store design (although the 70's stores still look cool in their original form). The above is a typical 70's Model Publix, with it's most distinct feature being that ribbed concrete along the exterior. These stores either had a glass entry vestibule or an entry set-up similar to the current late 2000's stores (more on that below), with the entryway usually located off to one of the sides (it's on the right side in the above store).   


80's Model:
A fairly standard 80's model Publix Store in Cocoa Beach, FL.

Two examples of 80's stores with varying architectural elements. The first store (with the blue awning) was in Melbourne, FL and the second store is in Sebastian, FL. 

     The 80's Model stores are when Publix stores got pretty blah and just started looking like an average supermarket. Not much of a bold architectural statement here. I believe the first of these stores came out in the late 70's, though the majority of them were built throughout the 80's. Like most Publix stores from here on, most of the time the architecture would vary to match the rest of the neighborhood or shopping center, although the entryway layout and interior layouts would be nearly identical to each other. Since Publix architecture from here on varies so much, these models are going to be defined by the entryway setup since those were always identical, and switched around every time Publix introduced a new store model. The 80's model has a glass vestibule in the center of the store, with entrances on each side. This vestibule would lead to one large opening which then took you into into the rest of the store.


Early 90's Model:

Two examples of early 90's stores, just with slightly different architecture. The top store is in Sarasota, FL and the bottom store is in New Port Richey, FL. 
     The early 90's model Publix was basically just a larger version of the 80's Model store. The only real difference between the 80's Model and the Early 90's model stores was the entryway setup. There were still entrances on each side of the store, but they were now separated by the Customer Service counter and offices which were located on a second floor (similar to the entryways of an Albertsons Superstore Model store) instead of both entrances leading to one opening. 

Late 90's Model:
A typical Late 90's model Publix that was located in Kissimmee, FL.
     The Late 90's model stores really didn't have an exact look they all shared. Their entryways were now condensed to under a single arch in the center of the store, and a two sets of doors came out of the front wall at a 45 degree angle, taking you into a diamond-ish shaped vestibule. Also, this model was the first to use a warehouse ceiling, but only around the perimeter of the store where the service departments were located (the rest of the store still had a drop ceiling). Later versions of this model did use a warehouse ceiling throughout.

Early 2000's Model:
A somewhat average Early 2000's Publix in North Lauderdale, FL.
     The early 2000's stores look almost similar to the late 90's stores, except the entryway is now set up exactly opposite of the Late 90's stores. This time, the doors go into the store at a 45 degree angle, creating a trapezoid like area under the main entry arch. This model also used a warehouse ceiling throughout the entire store. 

Late 2000's Model:
A standard style Late 2000's Model Publix in Cape Canaveral, FL.
     The style of store you see above is basically the default style for this model store when there's really nothing to match it to. However, there are many late 2000's Publix stores with all kinds of different exteriors. The entryway is located under that main arch, and there are two sets of doors next to each other flush with the wall (no weird angles here). This store model was first introduced in 2004 along with the 1st Generation of the Classy Market interior, and I believe this basic store model is still being used to this day, with just the interiors having been upgraded throughout the years. 

Small Format:
A fairly average Small Format Publix, located in Boynton Beach, FL.
     The small format model Publix is a separate model Publix uses along with whatever regular current model they're using. I believe the first of these small format Publix stores were introduced in the late 90's as a way for Publix to enter markets where a larger sized store of 50,000-55,000 sqft. wouldn't be practical or where there wouldn't be enough room (such as in highly urbanized places like downtowns or in small neighborhoods). These stores still have all of the regular departments as a full sized store, but they just offer a smaller selection in approx. 30,000-35,000 sqft. The entryway is located at the left or right corner of the building, which takes you into a small vestibule that leads you into the rest of the store.   

Publix Interior Decor:

     Publix is one of those chains that likes to keep their stores up to date. Because of that, the only surviving Publix interiors at this time are the 3 generations of the Classy Market interior (and if you do know of a Publix without the Classy Market interior in some shape or form, please tell me - however I doubt any exist anymore. I haven't seen a non-Classy Market store since 2008-ish). 

Wavy Pastel:

     Now totally extinct UPDATE: Apparently Wavy Pastel still lives (at least for now)! Commenter 'K' just informed us that the Newberry Square Publix in Gainesville still has this interior. Scratch that again, another commentor has informed us that store has been remodeled. Oh well, it was amazing that interior lasted as long as it did there. Anyway, Wavy Pastel was Publix's interior through the 90's. All of the department signs were plastic rectangles in Pastel colors, except the bottom of the signs were wavy and highlighted by another color. The aisles markers were rectangles with an inverted triangle in the middle for the number. The fonts on the department signs looked like the one in this photo from a piece of old Publix packaging I have:



     Along with the department signs, each of the departments in the Wavy Pastel era had its own logo, like this bakery one below (the same is true for Classy Market, except they've all been changed to match the new look):



     I've searched high and low across the internet, and these six photos from Brand New Eye's flickr photostream are the only photos of the Wavy Pastel interior I could come up with (the first and the last ones as you scroll through are the best - this person wasn't trying to photograph the store itself). In the first photo you can see some of those signs I was talking about in the background and part of the old Deli logo. In the last photo you can see the aisle markers, however they're the ones from the Metallic Marketplace interior, which you can read more about below.

Metallic Marketplace:


A glimpse of the Metallic Marketplace interior from a Publix Commercial from the early 2000s. Photo courtesy of Youtube.com. You can watch the full commercial here. Link to video sent in by Osi Florida

     In the early 2000's, Wavy Pastel was starting to look a little dated, so Publix upgraded their interior to the Metallic Marketplace interior. Metallic Marketplace, like its cousin Wavy Pastel, is also dead. Metallic Marketplace was basically just a modern version of Wavy Pastel, except all of the department signage was placed on giant sheets of corrugated metal, using the same fonts and logos from Wavy Pastel. However, the aisle markers were changed for Metallic Marketplace to the same style as the ones Publix currently uses in the first 2 Generations of the Classy Market look (except the Metallic Marketplace ones were blue with green accents - see them here in a Wavy Pastel store - instead of pale green with yellow accents from Classy Market 1 & 2). The store also would have a piece (I don't know what to call it, but it almost looked like a small floating wall with little rooflines here and there - it's what the 'Meats' sign is hanging from in the above photo) that ran the perimeter of the grocery aisles, and it was trimmed with corrugated metal. When stores were upgraded from Metallic Marketplace to Classy Market, this piece was sometimes left in place and just repainted to match the Classy Market interior, leaving it as the only remnant of the store's past interior. Metallic Marketplace was only used in newly built stores during this time. 

1st Generation Classy Market:

     Around 2004, Publix decided to completely upgrade their image from fun fonts and colors to a more sophisticated, classy, earth tones feel. Here came the 1st Generation of Classy Market, which shared absolutely no similarities with any previous interiors (except a different colored version of Metallic Marketplace's aisle markers). Here's a few photos of the 1st Generation of Classy Market:



Classy Market Deli Logo


Classy Market Bakery Logo, which was changed from the Wavy Pastel one you can see above.


     Classy Market Aisle Marker from the 1st Generation. The 2nd Generation ones look almost exactly the same except for a slight modification. The 3rd Generation ones are a slightly deeper green and replace the number in the circle with a rectangle. I'm sorry these photos are slightly blurry. They're pieces of other photos I have which weren't originally intended to be a part of a decor directory.


     The font used on the signage in the 1st Generation Classy Market. The 2nd and 3rd Generations use a different, less formal looking font. 
   

2nd Generation Classy Market:

     In the late 2000's Publix, who's always on top of keeping their stores looking good and up to date, decided it was time to refresh Classy Market. Welcome to the 2nd Generation of the Classy Market! The main difference between the 1st and 2nd Generations of the Classy Market interior was the change in font from a formal style to a more modern style (which you can see below) and added some props to hang on the wall. Really, the 2nd Generation brought back a little more fun to the Classy Market interior, whose 1st Generation was very serious looking (and a little bland I must say), while still keeping it classy. Signage for the Deli was made to look like a cup and the sign for produce was shaped like a leaf. The best part of the 2nd Generation were the historic photos of Publix stores and memorabilia that were hung on the wall, which, unfortunately, didn't make the cut for the 3rd Generation. 


A sampling of Publix's 2nd Generation Classy Market interior, where the updated font can be seen on the Produce signage.

3rd Generation Classy Market:

     The 3rd Generation of Classy Market was yet another refresh to Publix's now ten year old Classy Market interior. This version first came out in late 2012. The aisle markers were changed for the first time since the days of Metallic Marketplace (although some early remodeled stores kept their original Classy Market ones since the ones from the past generations are so similar), and the departments are now under rounded awnings. The signage was refreshed too (and made circular). 3rd Generation uses lots of curves and circles. Here's a sampling of some basic 3rd Generation signage from a remodeled store. This store got a cheap remodel since it's up for replacement in the near future, so none of the curved awnings or department signs were put in.


Meat Department signage. Every department in the 3rd Generation interior gets its own icon next to its name.
Dairy signage.
The new 3rd Generation aisle marker design. The numbers are now on a fake wood grained rectangular background instead of a circle.
     Just as an addition to all of this Publix decor information, there's a really cool set of photos on shawnson's flickr photostream of a closing Publix in Tallahassee from 2004 which still had a very old interior (I think it's a mix of original 70's interior with some areas remodeled to an 80's interior). Check it out by clicking here!

Winn-Dixie Store Models:

70's Awning Model:
A practically untouched (exteriorwise) 70's Winn-Dixie store in Mobile, AL, which was closed in 2011.
     The oldest of Winn-Dixie's remaining stores are these 70's Awning Model stores, named after their distinctive awning like design on the exterior. It's amazing the number of these that are still left out there in practically original 70's condition exteriorwise. Winn-Dixie built a lot of these throughout the south, many of which were abandoned in the 90's for new Marketplace stores. The entryway of these stores were typically located on one of the sides of a glass vestibule (although some stores had entrances on both sides, although one side was the most common). This vestibule usually contained a set of emergency exit doors along the front of the vestibule as well near the main entry doors. The metal look was the most common for these stores, although some stores had different materials in the front instead.  

80's Awning Model:
A typical looking 80's Winn-Dixie store in Palm Bay, FL - I couldn't think of one of these that was still open and unremodeled as a Winn-Dixie as I was making this.
     The 80's Awning Model shared most of the same characteristics as their 70's counterparts, however the entrance doors were now at an angle instead of being perpendicular to the front of the store.   

Check Store/Store of the Future/1st Generation Marketplace Model:
A typical Check Store/Store of the Future/1st Generation Marketplace store located in Jupiter, FL 
     The late 80's was when Winn-Dixie introduced their famous Marketplace store format and interior. With the introduction of the new Marketplace stores, a new, statement making store model had to be developed. Winn-Dixie came up with the model you see above. Online, I've seen people refer to this model as the Check Store (I guess it's supposed to look like a check mark?) or the Store of the Future (due to the bold new styling not seen anywhere else before), however, this was the first of three designs used for Winn-Dixie's Marketplace era stores, which stretched from the late 80's to the early 2000's, which is where the name 1st Generation Marketplace Model comes from. These stores had that weird angled facade and an 80's Awning Model style entryway.

2nd Generation Marketplace Model:
A typical early 90's 2nd Generation Marketplace Store that was located in Albany, GA, and closed in 2013.
     When most people think of Winn-Dixie, this is what pops into their mind, the 2nd Generation Marketplace Model store. This store model was used from the early 90's and into the late 90's. The distinct feature of the 2nd Generation Marketplace stores are that triangle shaped piece over the entryway and the trapezoidal shaped entryway (see the entryway photo under the 3rd Generation Marketplace description to see what I mean by that). Winn-Dixie built a lot of these stores to replace older Awning stores.

3rd Generation Marketplace:

A typical 3rd Generation Marketplace store in West Palm Beach, FL.
     In the late 90's, the Marketplace model got one last refresh before finally getting retired. The exteriors of these 3rd Generation Marketplace stores had a trapezoid awning over the entryway and angled corners that step out from the sides of the building to create a cover over the walkway in front of the store. The entryway was set up similar to the 2nd Generation Marketplace Model (more on that below). This store model lasted into the very early 2000's, and used the Winn-Dixie diamond emblem on the front over the entryway..    


3rd Generation Marketplace Trapezoid style entryway. The entryway would be angled into the store, and located all the way off to the right side. The two exit doors would be right in the middle, and another entry door angled in all the way to the left (the 2nd Generation Marketplace stores had the same setup except they didn't have the entry door all the way to the left  - it would just have been a window).
Early 2000's Model:
A typical Early 2000's store located in Riviera Beach, FL. This store opened in July 2004 as one of the last new Win-Dixies to open before the bankruptcy.
     In the early 2000's, Winn-Dixie started to fall on financial troubles. They still opened new stores until the bottom fell out in 2005 when they declared bankruptcy. Those few new stores that they opened in the early 2000's from the retirement of the Marketplace stores until the bankruptcy in 2005 looked like the store pictured above. These stores (like the one above) are fairly rare, and had a rectangular archway located over the entrance, which were two sets of sliding doors next to each other. They usually had an attached liquor store. The first time I saw one of these Early 2000's Winn-Dixie stores I thought it was a former Albertsons! They look so much like a Plaza Model Albertsons except for the setup of the entryway!   

Farmer's Market/Transformational:



     This store model is so new I wasn't able to find one with Bing Maps Bird's Eye View, so here's a few exterior photos. The first photo is the generic photo of this model from Winn-Dixie's website, showing the fancy new exterior of one of these transformational stores. After Winn-Dixie had emerged from bankruptcy, they began to remodel and re-image themselves, focusing mostly on existing stores. In 2010, Winn-Dixie built their first ground-up store since before the bankruptcy, and that began the era of the Farmer's Market/Transformational model (Just to note, Winn-Dixie opened one new store prior to the opening of the first Farmer's Market store after emerging from bankruptcy. That store opened in 2009 in Margate, FL, however it took over a former Publix building and looks nothing like this on the exterior). The name Farmer's Market comes from the unique entryway setup. Winn-Dixie is trying something I've never seen or heard of before for a major supermarket chain and creating a farmer's market like setup as you walk in. Bins of produce line the area under the circular mirrored canopy that leads you into the store. There's just one thing you'd typically see here that's missing though - doors! There aren't any! (Look in the top photo above). You just walk right into the store through a large opening (which I assume gets covered up at night with a garage door type cover). It seems really weird at first for a grocery store, but I kind of like it. It's different. Winn-Dixie has been remodeling many older stores to this Farmer's Market look (which is what happened with the store in the second photo, and why its exterior isn't as grandiose as that of the ground up one in the promotional photo), along with building them from the ground up, although the ground up builds of these new stores have been limited to only 4 or so at the moment, none of which have been in Florida yet. 


Winn-Dixie Interior Decor:

Marketplace: 

     To the best of my knowledge, Marketplace is the oldest Winn-Dixie decor still remaining in their stores. The Marketplace interior was first introduced in the late 80's when the first of the Winn-Dixie Marketplace stores were built. This interior primarily used pink, green, and white throughout the look. 


     In the Marketplace look, the Deli, Bakery, and Seafood departments had signs that were partially neon, like in the sign above. Winn-Dixie's 80's interior was all about chrome and neon, so this was definitely much more toned down.


     This was one of the two font styles that was used in the marketplace stores, the other of which was more script like, which you can see below.



     The Marketplace aisle marker. Pretty generic looking, and most of the stores that still have these usually have the giant photo faded to some degree, although this one is still looking decent.


     The Marketplace era was also when the America's Supermarket slogan came out. 

Purple/Maroon:

     After the end of the Marketplace era in the early 2000's, Winn-Dixie came out with another interior decor to refresh some of their stores that never got a Marketplace remodel. This was the Purple/Maroon interior, named after the general color scheme of the look. 


Some of the typical department signage of the Purple/Maroon Interior. There was always a saying in the blue ribbon that accompanied the department name.
Produce signage.
Purple/Maroon Aisle Marker. If you look closely at the number, in the background is actually the old Winn-Dixie logo.

Pre-Bankruptcy Purple/Maroon 2.0 / Albertsons Wannabe:

    This interior is extremely rare and was only used in brand new stores that opened from 2003 (maybe a little earlier) or so until the bankruptcy. Dijon Smith's flickr collection features some photos of this interior from a Winn-Dixie in Stuart, FL which closed in 2014. At the moment, you can see those photos by clicking here, however I'll try to feature them below whenever I can figure out how to share photos from flickr on here.

Post-Bankruptcy:

     Once Winn-Dixie emerged from bankruptcy in the late 2000's, they went on a remodeling spree. Winn-Dixie had a bad reputation for having dirty, outdated stores in the early 2000's, and they were out to change that image. They changed their logo and came out with the 'Getting Better all the Time' campaign. Many old stores got the remodels they deserved, and this is the interior they got. This is a very formal, upscale look that Winn-Dixie came up with, probably to attract customers from Publix. It uses a very formal looking, all lowercase font and pastel colors, which you can see in the first two photos below:




      Another unique feature of this interior were those white square carving-like pieces that were placed across the perimeter of the store. 



     One of the aisle markers from the post-bankruptcy decor. 

Farmer's Market/Transformational:

     Winn-Dixie has been doing a really nice job with remodeling their stores in the last few years. Although the Post-Bankruptcy decor came out around 2008, it's already been retired for the Farmer's Market interior, which came out in early 2011 (which was earlier than I thought). This Farmer's Market interior is being used in stores that are being upgraded to Winn-Dixie's new Farmer's Market format stores. The first few prototype Farmer's Market stores used the Post-Bankruptcy Decor you saw above, but that interior was quickly retired after the Farmer's Market stores began to become more widespread. The Farmer's Market interior uses department signage printed on panels and hung on pastel colored walls. This signage style is the current trend in most supermarket chains. The font has also been changed from formal to fun, like Publix did between the 1st and 2nd Generations of their Classy Market interior. This interior was retired in 2014 in favor of the Green Interior.  


Sampling of some Winn-Dixie Farmer's Market/Transformational decor (sorry for the glare in this photo). This is in the Prepared Foods departments, a main focus of these newly renovated stores.
Instead of just putting the names of the departments on the sign, Winn-Dixie uses the word "freshly" followed by a verb describing the department. The word "freshly is used to an overkill here. 

Aisle sign
The Green Interior:

     A short lived Winn-Dixie interior that lasted from 2014 through the end of 2015. More on this coming soon!


Down Down Interior:

     Winn-Dixie's current interior that came out in early 2016. More on this coming soon!

     Just for fun to wrap up the Winn-Dixie interior decor directory, the Pleasant Family Shopping website has some great photos of Winn-Dixie's interiors from the 60's, 70's, and the 80's Neon I mentioned earlier.

19 comments:

  1. There's a Publix in Gainesville, FL (Newberry Square Plaza) that still has the pastel waves interior, believe it or not! Store #306.

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    1. Thanks for telling me! (I've updated the post with that information). I can't believe Publix let that one slip by them! Publix has already marked their 2nd Generation Classy Market interior as outdated because I know of some of those stores which are already getting remodeled to the 3rd Generation. I wonder how much longer before the Newberry Square store gets remodeled.

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    2. I went over there today and it looks like they've remodeled the interior. They updated the department signs to 3rd wave and the walls got repainted, not sure about the aisle signs as they looked more like 1st wave to me, aside from that some things were kept (the "Thank you for shopping at Publix" sign by the ceiling near the registers, some hanging light racks, etc.). Not sure how it was before but yes, it's been remodeled.

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    3. That's unfortunate. However, I had a feeling that old interior's days were numbered. I'm surprised Publix let it last as long as it did. Publix usually leaves behind some older signage (like the aisle signs from the previous waves) when they remodel the older stores that don't get the 'tear down and rebuild' treatment; those remodels most of the time are just some new signs and paint. I've seen some really old stores get the full 3rd Generation treatment, but I haven't seen that as often.

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  2. Regarding the mid-late 90s prototype stores: Most of them actually had a warehouse-style ceiling throughout the entire sales floor. The only with the drop ceiling in the middle I've seen was the store in Gainesville's Exchange Plaza (1995). I have seen a store (Sawgrass Square; 1993) that had the same layout as the mid 90s stores, but with drop ceiling on the entire sales floor, with the ceiling in the middle being much lower.

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    1. I think the warehouse ceiling around the perimeter was only used in the earlier versions of that model, because now I that I think about it more, I have seen it both ways. That Sawgrass Square store was one of the very first of the mid/late-90's style stores that Publix ever built, which might explain its unusual ceiling.

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  3. Hello, I'm trying to find out info on the Albertsons store in Vero Beach Fl. #4357 I'm pretty sure it's the trapezoid model. I'm trying to find out the square footage and who owns this store. I've looked and looked on line and I feel very lucky to have found the store number and your blog about Albertsons. I'm doing research for my business class and I have chosen this building because I have a lot of family memories with my dad in this store, he's no longer with us. I know the store has been abandoned since 2007 but thats about it. Can you help?

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    1. You are correct, the former Vero Beach Albertsons was a trapezoid model store. The design of this store was a little different than other stores of that model due to the size and shape of the lot it was built on, and it is also slightly smaller than the typical trapezoid store. As of right now, the building is still owned by Albertsons (ABS FLA Investor, LLC is the official name they use). The store is 45,000 square feet, which is smaller than most Albertsons Florida stores (most were typically in the 50,000-55,000 square foot range). This store actually closed on June 9, 2012 during Albertsons last round of closings in Florida, closing the same day as the other remaining Treasure Coast Albertsons in Port St. Lucie. That round of closings is when Albertsons narrowed their Florida store count to 4 stores from the 17 they had left at the time. Sorry to hear about your dad. I also have lots of family memories of going to Albertsons as well, which was another reason why I started this blog. I hope this info helps you, and if you have any more questions, feel free to send an e-mail to the address posted under the Contact Us tab.

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  4. I Have pictures of the Pre-bankruptcy interior and they more look like a Albertson's wannabee i have photos

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    1. Feel free to send them in, or I can link to them from your flickr, whichever you prefer. I'd be happy to post them under that section of the Winn-Dixie decor directory.

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  5. Do know that the interior of this Winn-Dixie Might be Marketplace 1.0 or Marketplace 2.0
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/walgreen/sets/72157647060592633/with/15812480766/

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    1. That looks like an older version of the Marketplace interior, but Foodtown was the one who probably added those extra colors, which I don't think Winn-Dixie would have used.

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  6. There is a (now closed) Winn-Dixie store in Enterprise Alabama that I put on my blog that doesn't seem to have any of the above decors mentioned. :\

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    1. From what I could tell, that store doesn't look like it was touched since it was built back in the 70's. I tried going to your blog through your name/url link to look at the pictures of the interior, but it says the blog doesn't exist when I tried to load the post. There's a very slim but possible chance that store had an interior dating back to the 80's or prior, but I can't say for sure.

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  7. Salmon & turquoise are 90s colors and the "marketplace" theme was added to the local Winn-Dixie I worked at when it was remodeled in the 90s.

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  8. How can I find out the color and maker of the hardwood floors in the produce depts. of the WD transformational stores? It's a perfect match for what I want to do in my home. Tried calling corporate, and checked several local stores that have it to no avail-hard to believe there wouldn't be some extra somewhere for damage, etc. If you know anything about this-bob duckett7 at gmail dot com-no caps or spaces. Thanks!!

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  9. Gee, I remember the time when Winn-Dixie was still around in NC and VA, some stores had the Marketplace decor, some had the 1st generation Marketplace exterior designs and some stores had the 2nd generation Marketplace exterior model! That's in the past because 10 Winn-Dixie stores in NC and VA were bought by Food Lion, and for a fact that Food Lion closed its stores in Florida, was that payback for WD closing its NC stores in the bankruptcy process? As for the others, Publix has done good business in the competition, and Publix recently expanded into NC, but leaving Salisbury out. Albertsons? No more! Because in Florida, it's now Safeway!! Anyways, thank you for documenting the store models and signage decor package history as time goes by!!

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    1. Those Marketplace stores were a part of the last wave of new stores in NC and VA. By the mid-90's, they almost completely stopped building new stores in that area. Not much later, the bankruptcy ended everything up there. Food Lion pulled out of Florida in 2012 after getting squeezed out of the state by Publix and Walmart, although Food Lion never really did well in Florida during their 25 or so years in the state. Publix is in a big expansion mode, with a grand entrance into Virginia later this year around Bristol and Richmond. They'll eventually find their way to Salisbury, NC - they're not scared to enter Food Lion's home town. Glad you liked this page - I actually need to update this page one day, as I haven't in a while.

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