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Sunshine was the grocery division of Sunshine-Jr. Stores - only six in the Panama City area were opened during the company's 53-year run. After Sunshine-Jr. Stores filed for bankruptcy protection in 1992, only two stores were operated by the same staff, as the rest were spun off to independent investors (namely Save-A-Lot), all of which but one had stopped using the "Sunshine" name by 1997, the last closing in 2008.

Jitney Jungle

In 1944, L.D. "Sunshine" Lewis, after given the green light by the Jitney Jungle Company in Jackson, Mississippi, founded the Panama City branch of the supermarket. The first location (and only, until 1958) was opened on March 8, 1944. In 1953, he named his side of the operation "Sunshine Grocery Co., Inc.".

1944-1958

Jitney Jungle - 1944 -April 8, 1948-
Jitney Jungle - 1948 -April 22, 1948-
Jitney Jungle - 1950s -March 31, 1957-
Jitney Jungle - 1956 -May 6, 1956-
Jitney Jungle - 1957 -January 13, 1957-

Many different logos were used at the same time, as all were officially recognized by the parent company.

1958-1966

Jitney Jungle - 1958

After moving from his first location at Harrison Avenue and 7th Street down to around 1500 Harrison Avenue, a new sign was installed. This location was called the "Sputnik" because of its' mid-century-styled signage. The sign, measuring 52 feet from top to bottom, showed an impressive display of lights. The top of the sign featured a ball measuring four feet in diameter with eighteen spikes of eight different colours. This ball was made so that half would spin in one direction and the other spun in another as the whole assembly also rotated.

Sunshine Food Stores

In 1966, after slowly drifting away from the main Jitney Jungle company, L.D. Lewis decided to rebrand all seven of the stores under the "Sunshine Food Stores" label. At its peak, there were about seven grocery stores bearing this name.

1966-1971

Sunshine Food Stores - 1966 -September 9, 1966-
Sunshine Food Stores - 1966 -October 13, 1968-
Sunshine Food Stores - 1966 -October 4, 1971-

Differently shaded versions of the same logo were used at random in print advertisements.

1970-1975

Sunshine Food Stores - 1970 -improved-

1975-1979, 1980-1982

Sunshine Food Stores - 1975 -improved-

1979-1980

Sunshine Food Stores - 1979 -improved-

1980-1985

Sunshine Food Stores - 1982 -September 15, 1982-

Sunshine Supermarkets

1985-1991

Sunshine Food Stores - 1985

In 1985, both the Sunshine and Jr. brand identities were revamped for the modern era by local painter Paul Brent, husband of then-CEO Lana Jane Lewis-Brent.

1985

Sunshine Food Stores - 1985 -July 26, 1985-
Sunshine Food Stores - 1985 -January 23, 1985-

1988-1991

Sunshine Food Stores - 1988 with text

1990-1991

Sunshine Food Stores - 1990

1991-1993

Sunshine Food Stores - 1992 -October 14, 1992-

1993-1994

Sunshine Food Stores - 1993 -February 16, 1994-

1994

Sunshine Food Stores - 1994 -July 13, 1994-

1994-1995

Sunshine Food Stores - 1994 -November 9, 1994-

Sunshine Foods

1995-1997

Sunshine Food Stores - 1995 -February 8, 1995-

1997

Sunshine Food Stores - 1997 -September 15, 1997-
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