MENU FROM WOOLWORTH’S IN THE LATE 1950’s

June 18, 2010 · 52 comments

Check out this great menu from Woolworth’s in the late-1950’s. In Concord, Woolworth’s was located in the Park & Shop shopping center on Willow Pass Road.

Thanks a lot to “Jason” for sending this in, and sharing it with us!

1 Ian June 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM

$0.65 Chicken Salad Sandwich
$0.39 Banana Split
$0.30 Large Orange Juice
= $1.34 1958 Dollars

= $6.23 2010 @ 3% inflation

I bet this would add up to $13.00 at a typical restaurant today, maybe more. Interesting what follows, exceeds, and lags typical inflation…

2 j suzan June 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM

wow! everything was so cheap!!

3 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I need to look around my grandmother’s house next time I’m in the area and see if I can find the video that KPIX recorded shortly before Woolworths closed down. We have it saved on a Beta tape, which shows you just how long ago it was. It’s a nice look back at what the place was like around 25 years ago. If I ever find it, I’ll stick it on YouTube and toss the Mayor a link.

4 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

i like how they reassure you that their coffee is good. LOL

5 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Good simple food. I bet the portions were reasonable, too, not the mega portions we have today. When I was a kid, my mom used to take us out to lunch at Woolworths when we went shopping. We got club sandwiches that we split between us and ice cream floats. Yum!

6 Ian June 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I had no idea that Coke goes good with food!

7 I don't see it on the Menu June 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

but you could get a slice of Cheese on your Apple Pie

you could also get Extra Syrup in your Coke….

8 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I had a grilled cheese sandwich there sometime 1977-1979.

9 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:29 PM

I so remembert that! What a flashback. Boy, do I feel old now.

10 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Yep. When you look at those prices, remember that the portions were much much smaller.

11 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:34 PM

My MIL was the manager of WW in Redwood City……..You could shop and eat at the counter and I remember they had the best ham and grilled cheese sandwiches!

12 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

brings back good memories… how could someone tag this as ‘disturbing’?

13 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I bet that “king size” glass of Coke would be considered “small” today!

14 Anon June 18, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I’ll have the bacon and tomato 3 decker sandwich and a chocolate malted milk with two dippers of ice cream. Ooops. I forgot. In the fifties they said, “please.”

15 anonymous June 18, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Omg I am really old. I remember that menu

16 Enuff is Enuf June 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I didn’t grow up in this area but………….Reminds me a bit of the menu at JJ Newberry’s in the 60’s. What a fun piece of memorabilia. My all time favorite..Grilled cheese and a chocolate Coke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The last time I had that was when I worked in Oakland and went to Newberry’s before moving out of the area for awhile….so that woud have been 1981.

17 Shadowgirl June 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I remember the store in Park & Shop, but don’t recall ever eating there. The milk shake sounds really good right now and quite affordable too!

18 Antler June 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM

And by the sixties they had added their fantastic hot dogs. Their fountain Cokes were not watery and blah like what places serve today to cut costs on the syrup. The Woolworth prices seemed high to us then, because in 1960 my husband (even with a B.S. degree from San Jose State and a super job representing Parke-Davis & Company, Palo Alto) made only $400 per month before commission. I charged $3.00 for a half hour piano lesson, which is also what it cost to have a cut/shampoo/set at a nice salon. We saved green stamps and Betty Crocker coupons and watched for all the nice grocery store coupons for Lucky’s in the Wednesday Contra Costa Times.

19 Alex June 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

When I was growing up in Concord in the mid-80’s, I would walk past the old Woolworth’s storefront and see the Woolworth’s tilework in the entryway. I don’t remember what business occupied that location at the time. When did Woolworth’s close? What is there now? Is that old tile still in the entryway?

20 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Whats funny is even if you add a 0 at the end like .30 to $3.00 it still would be cheap!

21 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Woolworth’s closed down their stores in 1997. The company decided to focus on their Foot Locker division. They changed their name to Venator Group. They changed their name again to Foot Locker, Inc. in 2001, but it is the same company. So Woolworth’s is still around, but under a different name.

22 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM

oh, sure, my buddy & me would ride our bicycles to the park & shop all the time, and we always went into the woolworth’s – never had lunch, though, we probably had $.35 or maybe ( maybe! ) a dollar-and-a-half between us. we’d just look around in there, usually we spent our money at beedee’s on salvio ( balsa airplane kits w/rubber band powered propellors! ) and sometimes a donut at the little bakery next door. later my buddy got into slot cars, and sometimes we’d take them down to the slot car shack that opened around the corner. i remember earl’s records, too…

23 The Original Anon E. Mouse June 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Ahh, the simpler times. Didn’t have to worry about the food coming from a dumpster … :D

24 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Alex, the Concord Woolworths would have closed around 1986 or 87, since in the video I mentioned that I had earlier today, I was around 2-3 years old, having been born in 84. I believe 99 Ranch is in the location that Woolworths used to occupy. Trying to remember, but I believe it went

Woolworths > Smart&Final > Staples/OfficeMax > 99 Ranch

The only one I don’t remember is if it was Staples or OfficeMax, but I’m all but certain it was an office supply store of some kind.

25 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Oh yes those where the day’s! Milk shake at Woolworth’s and a Grant’s hot dog. They where the absolute best. We shopped regularly there. Park & Shop was the place to shop before they put in Sun Valley Mall. It was so exciting when they added onto Park & Shop and Penney’s and Macy’s where built. We thought we had gone big time. Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

26 WW in P&S? June 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Where in P&S? What’s in that location now?

27 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I haven’t had a hot dog that was as good as the kind they sold there. I think they grilled the buns.

28 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

#24 Grant’s was where Ranch 99 is Woolworth’s was where the Mexican grocery store is. But is was much larger than that store is.

29 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

#22 Beedees was the best!

30 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

I’d like to meet the guy that came up with the slogans

31 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Ranch 99 used to be OfficeMax.

32 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM

@#28, Ah, my mistake. I haven’t lived in Concord for many years now so I tried to go off what fuzzy memories I have from when I lived there as a kid.

33 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 8:02 PM

My mom used to take me there all the time. I remember grilled cheese sandwitches and the best cheesecake.

34 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM

C Markus Hardware went into the Woolworths’ space at some point, as I recall

35 Anonmoose June 18, 2010 at 9:38 PM

C Markus Hardware pre-dated Office Max in that same location where Ranch 99 is today. C Markus Hardware was open til the early 80’s. I think the Woolworths is where the 99 cents store is today. Wish something like it was back. Good memories. Good times.

36 Nostalgic June 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I remember eating at a Woolworth’s counter store in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Great food, great prices and it was always entertaining. I miss it.

37 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I remember going there as a little kid in the ’70’s. We would get rootbeer floats while mom shopped. I loved sitting at that counter.

Thrifty’s ice cream was also a great treat. I remember it being about $0.35 a scoop.

38 Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 11:00 PM

#29, Wasn’t it Beede’s?

39 thx 4 the memories June 19, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Ahh..Woolworths lunch counter! I grew up in Los Angeles and worked at the Thrifty Drug Store lunch counter during high school(1969-1971)but Woolworths counter survived after Thrifty’s was torn down. I loved going to Woolworths. The last one I remember seeing was downtown San Francisco. It must have been the last one to close.

40 Phoenyx June 19, 2010 at 2:39 AM

#16 I was thinking of Newbury’s too, only the 1970s. I grew up in San Pablo, & remember going there with my mom. Back when that was a decent shopping area (pre Hilltop Mall)

41 Anonymous June 19, 2010 at 7:17 AM

y’know, i believe it was Beede’s, thank-you; also, i’d forgotten about Grant’s ( and the hot dogs. )

42 Larrabee June 19, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Anonmoose is right! W.T. Grant> C. Marcus > OfficeMax > 99 Ranch.
Woolworth was next to Mayfair Market, and the last time I was at that location it was some sort of “dollar” store.
I seem to remember Woolworth’s Luncheonette featuring open-faced sandwiches(hot beef/ turk), but I see them conspicuously missing from the menu. I guess they added them in the sixties. (??)
I remember those .39 banana splits! I could swear they were better than the $7.00 version you get today. (or maybe it was just the element of being a kid!)

43 Carl June 19, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I remember Newberry’s from when I was a kid growing up in Western Pennsylvania. My Aunt’s mother used to work there. I loved their chocolate cokes. Down the street from it was a McCrory’s. Funny how I now realize those really were the best years of my life — life was much less complicated and people were kinder – or at least it seems that way now.

44 teri stoddard June 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Thanks for the memories. I also remember Grants and Woolworths. My family moved here in the mid 50’s and shopped there all the time. When I shop there now and see how much people have changed it breaks my heart.

We didn’t have homeless people until they shut down all the state mental hospitals. We never had Russian hookers looking for customers in P&S. And we never heard the foul language coming from people’s mouths in public like we do now. It honestly scares we to see how far we’ve devolved as a society.

45 Anonymous June 19, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I remember they had these incredible hot dogs and they served root beer from this big wooden keg shaped fountain.

I drove by Park & Shop a few weeks ago (first time in a long, long while) – God what’s happened to it?

46 Dawn June 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I have a few vague memories of Woolworths and eating at that food counter. It closed down when I was pretty little, but I remember my grandma used to go shopping there a lot. What a cool piece of memorabilia to have and can you believe those prices??? I’m sure that was expensive back then though. Thank you, I love the trips down memory lane.

47 Larrabee June 19, 2010 at 6:54 PM

“We never had Russian hookers looking for customers in P&S.”

There are Russian hookers at the Park ‘n Shop??

I must be getting old,… I think I’d rather have a hot beef & a banana split!

48 Ruminator June 19, 2010 at 9:57 PM

People marvel at lower costs in the old days, yet they rarely question endless economic growth (cornerstone of a debt-based economy) which is the primary driver of price inflation when all is said and done.

In any other context it’s called a Ponzi scheme, based largely on lack of birth control and the expectation of more people consuming more stuff in a finite world. But many people are in denial of the very concept of finite resources, so nothing changes and prices rise.

49 The Original Anon E. Mouse June 19, 2010 at 11:39 PM

#44 OMG I noticed that too!! I hear lots of Spanish and misc Asian languages when I’m shopping for chorizo,tortillas and stir-fry ingredients.
All of a sudden, while walking to Peet’s, I see these two women dressed like French whores from Danville speaking Russian!! WTF!
So I believe yes, there are imported Russian hookers Now Available at Park N Shop!
You might even be able to catch them on a discount day! Watch the reader board at Fry way!

50 teri stoddard June 20, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Yes, there is at least one Russian hooker working P&S. She frequents a shop where one of my relatives works. She wears the same black leather outfit everyday with thigh-high boots. And she always pays with $100 bills.

51 betty bart June 20, 2010 at 6:10 AM

oh thank you for sharing the menu..really fun to look at!..everyone seems to forget our folks made alot less money then, so of course, things were cheaper. i have a Berkeley Spengler menu where lobster thermador was 5.99 and shrimp scatter was 2.99 woo hoo..That was our special occasion restuarant[like fathers day]

52 teri stoddard June 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

#49 – By “foul” language I meant cussing. I love the different cultures in and around P&S. I love all of Concord.

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