The Colonial Stores chain of grocery stores operated across the South. The chain was founded by combination of two grocery chains both owned by National Food Products. David Pender of Norfolk, Virginia and L. W. Rogers of Atlanta, Georgia operated their own stores and jointly opened the self-service Little Star neighborhood groceries and Big Star Foods supermarkets. After World War II, National Food Products modernized most of its stores to self-service and consolidated the chain under the "Colonial Stores" banner. They introduced the familiar rooster-shaped logo on August 3, 1947.
In 1962 the chain relaunched the Big Star Market nameplate as a low-margin discount grocery chain. All of the company's stores were sold off or converted to Big Star Markets in the 1970s, and the chain itself was sold to Grand Union in 1977, with that company pulling out of the southeastern market by 1988.
- 405 20th Street Ensley
- 7742 1st Avenue North (East Lake)
- 1125 Tuscaloosa Avenue (West End)
- 2117 Culver Road (Mountain Brook)
- 5 55th Street North (Woodlawn)
- 1019 Oxmoor Road (Homewood)
- 1212 26th Street North (Norwood) - opened June 19, 1957 with M. L. Gandy managing.
- Henderson, Wayne (n. d.) "Colonial Stores History". Groceteria.com - accessed June 3, 2007