I remember a time, during my 1970s kidhood, when the IGA Foodliner was the official grocery store of the rural Midwest. Even through the 1980s, if you drove out of the city and into the cornfields, when you came upon a small town you’d almost certainly find a Foodliner.

In the intervening years many rural IGA stores have closed. The one in Burlington, Indiana, on the Michigan Road, was the only one left anywhere near me as far as I knew. It hung in there until a couple years ago, but it’s a Dollar General now. When I came upon this one as I passed through Morgantown, Indiana, recently, I stopped to photograph it. It’s hard telling when I’ll see another, and this is such a classic example. Nikon N60, AF Nikkor 28-80mm, expired Kodak Gold 200.


15 responses to “Captured: Foodliner”

  1. Keith Willison Avatar

    Unfortunately, our memories as a kid change with the progression of the world. It’s a fast changing place in which we live, sometimes for the better, a lot for the worse. I’m glad it rekindled your memories and also pleased you got a picture.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Memory is a tricky thing, to be sure. We all probably sweeten them with the passage of time; I’m sure some of the barely resemble the truth.

  2. davidvanilla Avatar

    That picture jumped into my screen and wham! I was instantly transported back fifty years in time. Great time machine.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Isn’t it? Makes me wish I could ride along in the back of my grandpa’s pickup truck one more day, just to take in that period of time with my middle-aged eyes.

  3. Melissa Waggoner Dieckmann Avatar

    Fond memories of college – the local IGA was in downtown Greencastle, IN and we would walk from our dorms to the store to stock up on food for Sunday night when the school cafeterias closed to give the workers some time off.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      20-mumble years ago I dated a woman who graduated from DePauw. We went up to Greencastle one Saturday just so she could have a GCB at Marvin’s. The IGA did not feature in our date.

  4. Derek Avatar

    IGA! We can only find them up north now. Further north more there are. Wow I just looked up their store location, thereare actually still a lot of them.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They’re all well hidden, then, because I hardly ever see them anymore!

  5. Carole Avatar

    This was fun. I’d just like to see an old A & P store!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sometimes you’ll see one of those repurposed. I know of a former A&P store in Logansport, for example.

  6. Bernie Kasper Avatar

    My family can even predate IGA, my father and grandfather had a corner grocery store here in Madison that was in our family for nearly 70 years. As a kid me and my brother would deliver yes deliver groceries everyday after school, I could write a book !!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s cool, Bernie! Corner grocery stores… man, when was the last time you saw one?

      1. Bernie Kasper Avatar

        Not since I was a kid and worked at one, there used to be one for about every 5 or 6 blocks down here and my dad would get so mad when we snuck down to the one a few blocks from ours because they had some really cool toys in theirs lol !!

  7. Steve Miller Avatar
    Steve Miller

    Who knows how up-to-date this list might be:

    The Thorntown store provides the meats for Stookey’s across the street. Stookey’s is famous for catfish, but I hear raves about the burgers!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s an IGA in Thorntown? I haven’t been there in 5 years or more — I can’t picture it!

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