Remember when a week’s worth of groceries cost less than $100?

Supermarket - 1971 grocery shopping

Intrigued by the promise of ‘LOW LOW PRICES ON 10,000 ITEMS’ (or perhaps hoping to reap the savings of their Blue Chip stamps!), customers flow in & out of this 1971 supermarket.

Supermarket - 1971 grocery shopping

Unlike today’s grocery chains, this supermarket offers spacious aisles with plenty of room to wander about. Although business appears constant, the building itself doesn’t feel crowded: everyone is free to shop at their own pace!

A woman—dressed modestly—has her choice of the “5 for 79¢” oranges. In the distance, customers can be seen selecting the best vegetables before bagging & weighing them on the manual hanging scales.

Supermarket - 1971 grocery shopping

In a supermarket of this size, even two people per aisle seem uncommon; three is practically a crowd! Men in suits and women with children stroll effortlessly around the store, free to find food for their families without needing to navigate congested aisles full of fellow customers.

Even once the time arises to checkout, the store seems almost empty by modern standards! With actual employees manning the registers and baggers standing at the ready, shoppers are checked out nearly as soon as they appear.

Supermarket - 1971 grocery shopping

As one shopper leaves the supermarket, another shows up to take their place. Do you remember when grocery shopping felt this streamlined? Who knows if we’ll ever return to such a simplistic shopping experience, but one thing’s for sure: we’ll always have a pleasant memory of shopping in 1971!

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