While I was driving back from St. Pete 2weekends ago, my GPS took me through the sleepy little community of Inglis, FL on US 19/98 in Levy County.
This town is easily missed as all they have here is a flashing light.
What photos you see in my link above show a little independent grocery store called Food Ranch.
This store donnes a decor from what I'd say is either late 70's or maybe even mid-late 80's.
But Yon Woo, why would you say 80's? Well, with my semi-obsession with researching old Albertsons store photos I've come across a decor package the Idaho-based chain used back in the mid-late 80's which I named Colorful Transition Market. I called it that because several panels on the walls were placed above the various departments, and within those panels were various shades of a particular color that transitioned from lighter to darker or visa versa.
In additional to that transition, a new color shade was used above a different department. In Albertsons' case, dark brown to light brown shading was placed above the Bakery, while dark red to lighter red was above meat and Seafood. Dark Green to lighter green was placed above "Garden Fresh Produce".
While I didn't take a ton of photos in this old store, hopefully my photos give an idea of what a small town Florida grocery store feels on the inside. The decor seen in here is certainly older than in the Carabelle IGA store in the Panhandle that I just shared photos of on flickr.
For such a tiny little town, this was a fairly decent sized grocery store, probably about 15000 sq feet.
The aisles contained a decent variety of dry grocery goods, a good sized Produce department on the right side. Also, the back wall was entirely used for fresh packaged meats in cooler cases. Plenty of meat to choose from here!
One really funny and interesting detail we see at this store was a display of post cards (which I really should have photographed).
The post cards were showing things special about the town of Inglis. One might expect visiting Panama City Beach to see a post card of white sandy beaches and a pier or maybe a flock of seagulls flying off in the sunset. Here in Inglis, their special offering to visitors was a photo of a nearby nuclear power plant! Sounds like a lovely vacation destination, doesn't it :)?
I am also including a collage photo comparing the decor seen in this store to Albertsons' 80's Colorful Transition Market decor.
Pretty amazing similarity isn't it!?
Thanks for viewing!
Enjoy the photos.