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Kmart Once FedMart

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 COMMENT 764246 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 07:21 AM

I remember that when I started as a freshman at UCSB way back in 1980....


 COMMENT 764260 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 08:09 AM

I don't remember DISCOfair, but I do recall the two guys (or maybe FedMart) tire center over where Subway and Cajun kitchen are....


 COMMENT 764263 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 08:20 AM

Thank you for the post - too bad the shot is so tight, it would be interesting to see a wider angle.


 COMMENT 764266 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 08:28 AM

It was Two Guys when I moved here in 1974 - shopped there many times as a UCSB student. The only other business on that corner of property I believe were the gas station (can't remember which company), a fast food restaurant next door?, and the small strip mall that included Continental Liquor. Things sure have changed.


 REX OF SB helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 09:11 AM

Here's the link to a 2014 Edhat featurette about early Goleta big-box stores and others at the Hollister Ave. and other locations:



 COMMENT 764278 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 09:13 AM

Ah yes, back in the day there was a long standing rumor that the competitor retailer "tergot" was going to come to town. oh how things have changed:)


 COMMENT 764283 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 09:43 AM

FedMart was in the shopping center off of Fairview across from the grocery store Food Fair, and the old goleta library. My first job was at DiscoFair. The grocery store was in the back of the store, and us boxboys would put the groceries in tubs and on a conveyor belt to be delivered at the side of the store for customers to pick up. Gas at their station was 23.9 cents then. I know, I'm dating myself.......


 COMMENT 764286 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 10:10 AM

FedMart had 2 locations


 COMMENT 764290P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 10:18 AM

The Fedmart I remember faced west, not north.


 COMMENT 764304 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 11:25 AM

In the link article Rex stated that this was never a Fedmart. Just to clarify things it was in fact Fedmart in the late 70's and yes the first one was So Fairview. Also the entrance to both of them faced north.


 COMMENT 764305 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 11:25 AM

I remember FedMart as being located in the building on South Fairview that was later the Postal Distribution facility. They had good prices but lousy merchandising (I shopped there because I liked the prices). Nowadays, if I don't like the look of a store I will turn around and walk out.


 COMMENT 764307 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 11:28 AM

Disco in the late 1960's stocked the cheapest (and worst quality) groceries in the area. And it was the closest source of alcohol to IV and the UCSB campus... every weekend afternoon caravans of cars would stream to Disco and head back loaded down with cases of beer and jugs of cheap wine and booze.


 GINMAR helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 11:39 AM

I loved Fedmart. I remember all of the previous incarnations too. My husband and I were shopping for his wedding ring and found one downtown at a jewelery store (crown, I think). The owner gave us some cock and bull story about what inspired him to design this ring. We didn't buy it right away because it was kind of pricey. Anyway we found the identical ring at disco for a fraction of the cost.

I have been told that there is a connection between Costco and Fedmart through shared top executives.


 COMMENT 764314 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 11:46 AM

the store in Goleta in the early 60's was called Crown


 REX OF SB helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 12:49 PM

@314: Before that, it was the VMM – Valley Merchandise Mart.


 COMMENT 764283 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 01:24 PM

VMM was on Kellogg between Hollister and the highway


 COMMENT 764344P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 01:51 PM

I remember FedMart. I moved here in '79 and lived in I.V. for just over a year. 38 years ago, jeez, where did the time go....?


 COMMENT 764344P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 01:54 PM

With Sears on the verg of bankruptcy I wonder how much longer K-Mart will be there?


 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 02:07 PM

307, If cheap wine was on the party shopping list, did you ever get Red Mountain? It was very popular in the 1960s, something like $1.98 a gallon. We finally noticed that the word "wine" was nowhere on the jug. Laughed thinking maybe it was a chemical concoction. Didn't stop anyone from buying it.


 COMMENT 764290P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 02:23 PM

I swear the entrance faced west.


 CATCHER.RYE-22 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 03:32 PM

After chugging a bottle of Ripple or Thunderbird I really couldn't tell you which direction the entrance faced. And did not really care.


 COMMENT 764304 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 04:06 PM

Got Red Mountain at Von's on Victoria for $1.25 a gallon and always had a bottle of Pagan Pink Ripple in my backpack for a moto ride up Gibraltar rd. Careful about swearing here, but the entrance was on the north side of the building and I think you're right that the doors were at the NW corner and actually opened to the west.


 COMMENT 764266 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 04:29 PM

Ahh, Pagan Pink Ripple - my introduction to alcohol - did not touch wine for years after that...


 COMMENT 764381 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 04:49 PM

44P. Kmart has about 3 years left before it closes


 ANIMALLISTNER helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 06:57 PM

266- indeed it was! The Oscar Meyer Weiner car used to visit all the time when it was two guys.

What was the big tent store off Hollister, near the old Shakys pizza joint, that had free popcorn, sold just about anything an old fashion Costco would have offered?

The corner of this Hollister, location had a Volkswagen dealership? Those were truly the good in days...


 COMMENT 764406 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 08:59 PM

Vista Volkswagen was at 6464 Hollister. The corner of Storke and Hollister used to have a grocery store where the expensive Chevron gas station is now, maybe about 1960 or earlier. I think it was called Cachuma Grocery. Also, I remember driving out to the FUBAR on Friday nights in the late 1970s. I don't remember driving home afterwards...haha. There wasn't much in Goleta once you passed Storke back then.


 COMMENT 764420 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 08:03 AM

We used to regularly shop at Discofair when we arrived in Santa Barbara in February 1967. Rarely go there today as K-Mart. It's remains a popular location for retail, but could use an update!

I started my work life down the road at the competitor, in Turnpike Center, with Payless Drugs. Now that was a popular store!


 COMMENT 764424 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 08:27 AM

Remember when VMM burnt down? Lived in the small trailer park,wasn' that a chemical type warehouse? And didn't they build the building for Crown? Fox market was across the parking lotalong with a laundry mat facing fairview.


 COMMENT 764434 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 09:45 AM

In the early '80s we were "wine connoisseurs." We'd get $1.99 bottles of Firestone at the Fairview Fedmart. Times have changed.


 COMMENT 764435 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 09:47 AM

GINMAR is making the same mistake I used to make, confusing Fedmart which came about as a big unfocused discount retailer of
cheap stuff through mergers and buyouts with Fedco which was founded by Steve Price (the Price Club guy) as a membership only purveyor of steeply discounted quality merchandise. Initially membership was limited to federal employees and later opened to other government workers and contractors. Membership gimmickery allowed them to get around "fair trade" rules and other cartel pricing rackets. Price Club came much later and eventually merged with Costco with Price remaining grand pubah. Last I checked the old Fedco building was still there in Van Nuys with cars in the parking lot clearl visible from passing Amtrak trains.


 COMMENT 764438P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 10:03 AM

I was about to post that Fedmart was not Fedco and was in fact a cheap ripoff attempting to capture Fedco's credibility. Fedco was a great company and the first of the fair pricing large box stores (preceded perhaps by a smaller LA chain known as "WhiteFront" which my parents patronized in the 1950-1960's). Fedco always paid its employees fairly, just as Costco has done to this date. Btw, Price donated big bucks to USC and has the Price School of Public Policy named in recognition of that. Price is the top rated national school in public planning.


 ANDY helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 10:31 AM

4435 .... You have made several errors in your post. It was SOL Price not STEVE Price. He was a friend of mine. Lyndon B. Johnson had a hand in starting or authorizing Fedmart. Think it started in San Antonio. Lots of military bases in San Antonio.
Sol Price then started The Price Club and was joined by Jim Sinegal who just retired as President Of Costco. He started Costco. Sol Price made a fortune because he owned the real estate at all his locations.


 COMMENT 764438P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 12:29 PM

To be very clear: Fedmart is not related to Fedco. Neither are related to Costco. Fedco started as a Postal Workers Union operation originally for government workers only by membership which gave them some advantage on pricing.


 COMMENT 764406 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 04:48 PM

I miss Ricardo's.


 COMMENT 764435 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 06:32 AM

Andy, thank you for correcting my error! I love/hate auto spell correction.


 COMMENT 764507 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 07:14 AM

And now.. time for a Target


 COMMENT 764531 helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 09:40 AM

507 I completely agree. That Kmart is disgusting, smells, and makes my eyes water each time I enter. Also, I don't think anyone understands money in that store because you can't check out of a line in under 15 minutes, even if there is 1 person ahead of you. A Target would be a great addition to the area but I don't think the city will allow it because it will take away from small businesses.


 COMMENT 764438P helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 09:54 AM

The city will not allow it!!!! What is in your head? The city in question is Goleta which has allowed every big box store that has applied. This conspiracy nonsense from those enamored of Target is so tiresome. It's just a business.


 CORKY helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 01:02 PM

Yes, I remember FedMart off Fairview beach side.


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