The location pictured here is one of the nicer stores. Located at the northeast corner of Vaughn and Bell Roads, It looks very similar to a since repurposed location in Alpharetta, GA that closed sometime in the 90's. The design here leads me to wonder if this might not have been an Ogletree's location since I had suspected that Alpharetta store was originally Ogletree's. Perhaps Ogletree's also was in Alabama? That might explain the 1987 acquisition if so. While I cannot confirm that, it was nice to find this store with the logo still on the outside. I wish I had done a little better job photographing more of the abandoned Food World/Bruno's locations, but I covered this one specifically because of its distinct 80's-style Charleston architecture that made me wonder if it was always a Bruno's.
Pictured above is the whole front of the store and here is a close-up of the front entrance and logo. In all reality, Bruno's does not sound like a store you would think would be from the South. This is a very swanky looking store even today.
Looking inside the old Bruno's reveals a store that is pretty well trapped in the 1980's, but very nice for the time it opened. Note the brick-like brown linoleum tiles in the front.
In all, Bruno's is one of the most significant tragedies of retail. Once a giant in the Deep South along with Big "B" Drugs, this store serves as a reminder of what once was. I have covered a couple other former Bruno's locations on this blog here and here.