All I remember are the local family stores. In the mid 1970's Kroger came to a few neighboring towns, but left just as quick. I don't think folks trusted a chain store. In West Michigan now, it is Meijer, yucky ol' Wal-Mart and few small local three or four store "chains". Our small resort town has stood their ground against the Wal-Mart that came to the township five years ago,....that place is a ghost town.