Colonial Stores traced its beginnings to the David Pender Grocery Company, founded -in January 1910- in Norfolk, Virginia. In December 1940, a corporate headquarters was established in Atlanta. In June 1955, Cincinnati-based Alber's was acquired. By 1970, Colonial was operating four hundred and thirty stores in nine southern and midwestern states. Most locations had been converted to the Big Star banner by the mid-1970s. New Jersey's Grand Union chain bought the Colonial conglomerate in 1977. In 1988, all Colonial and Big Star stores were shuttered.
Graphics from Colonial Stores
COLONIAL JUNIOR-ANCHORED SHOPPING MALLS:
*LENOX SQUARE, Atlanta, GA (1959)
*CHARLOTTETOWN MALL, Charlotte, NC (1959)
*SOUTHPARK MALL, Charlotte, NC (1970) [outparcel]