Carrs Quality Center was opened in February 1950 by visionary grocery and real estate developer Laurence (Larry) Carr. Larry was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and shortly after moved to San Bernardino, California with his family. He began working in food markets at the age of 12. With a passion to own and develop an innovative supermarket, Larry saw opportunity in Anchorage, Alaska and moved there at the age of 18.
When a failing store in a Quonset hut off 14th and Gambell became available for sale, Larry purchased it and the Carrs Quality Center brand was born. Carrs provided quality goods, outstanding service and committed employees. With innovative display advertising and product placement, his competitive advantage led him to be the “Name Brand Retailer-of-the-Year” by the national Name Brands Foundation.
From Groceries to Real Estate
In the decades that followed, Larry expanded his interests from groceries to real estate and general shopping facilities in Southcentral Alaska markets. In 1964, he built the Aurora Village Shopping Center at Minnesota and Northern Lights and Alaska’s first real mall: The Mall at Sears – to name a few. Still involved in the continuous innovations and quality of the stores, Larry sold the grocery stores to an investor group in 1990. In 1998, Safeway bought out the investors, but the Carrs name remains on the stores in Anchorage.
Carr & Family Properties continues to manage a commercial retail, office, warehouse and residential land portfolio in Anchorage and neighboring communities. As long-standing members of the business community, the Carr family has become a trusted partner of small, medium and enterprise businesses through a commitment to customer service. Our dedicated team believes in creating opportunities for economic growth to build a stronger Alaska by leasing quality community center space.