Loaf & Jug were a small chain of corner grocery stores in Calgary Alberta. Little information is available on the firm (alternately called Loaf and Jug or sometimes Loaf ‘n’ Jug), but piecing bits and pieces together it seems that they were in business from the early 1970s to perhaps the late 1990s. They had numerous outlets across the city including this one, now a Chicken-on-the-Way (a Calgary institution, even if the L&J stores never quite obtained that status) in the community of Forest Lawn.
Other former Loaf & Jug stores still stand. This author knows of one in Ogden, another near Chinook Centre and one on 20th Ave NW. Perhaps there are more? Readers, chime in! All of the aforementioned are now being used by other businesses, but interestingly, including the one discussed here, still retain their unique vertical signage layout, including one on a tall square post set beside the building, formerly used by the stores yet carried over by the respective new owners. That was a company trademark of sorts I guess.
Presumably the firm died out due to competition from more powerful convenience store chains. Seven-Eleven and Macs come to mind. For some reason, even though the firm was around for a couple decades, and that they had many locations, few people, even long-time Calgarians, seem to remember them. Odd, it’s almost like they never existed and are just some forgotten blip in the town’s history.
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Date of adventure: June, 2016.
Location: Calgary, AB.