Captured: Foodliner


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 thoughts on “Captured: Foodliner

  1. 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.


    • 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.


  2. 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 !!


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