Over the last couple of centuries, grocery stores have grown from public markets to small, locally-owned stores to grocery store chains and supermarkets.
J.L West Grocery Store in Albemarle, NC (1920s)
Inside the City Market in Brevard, NC (1920s)
Source: Courtesy of the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library & North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
A modern grocery store
Source: Morgue File Photos