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Old 07-15-2015, 07:36 PM
 
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The A&P supermarket chain--once the country's largest retailer--is on the verge of going out of business. (A&P owns the Superfresh, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Food Basics, and Food Emporium chains as well.)

A&P could soon be gone for good | New York Post

The A&P "Centennial" supermarket (once so commonplace) still is, IMO, the most beautiful retail store prototype ever developed.

Pleasant Family Shopping: Being a Primer on A&P Centennials.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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There hasn't been an A&P around here for 50 years, but I do remember them from my childhood--in particular, that delicious aroma of fresh-ground beans in the coffee aisle.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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We haven't had a A&P for years how. Miss the Ann Page can vegetables which were only grade A in a can then. But I have to say the HEB stores are overall better for my taste.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I had no idea they were still around ! That is where we shopped when I was a kid 60 years ago.

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Old 07-16-2015, 09:18 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Same here... they left my area decades ago and I thought they were gone everywhere.
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Ditto - thought they'd gone by the wayside many years ago.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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You mean The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company is no longer quite so great?
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Old 07-16-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Haven't seen a A & p since 1951.
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Old 07-20-2015, 07:07 PM
 
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A&P grocery chain files bankruptcy again
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:50 PM
 
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I worked at one when a teen for about four years thru high school. The family who owned most shares had son who sold stocks because he had losses in other investments as I recall when first closings came. At one time as I recall the largest grocery chain in the country. I left in like 67 when attending college when first one then second local store closed. That was when Safeway started great expansion and became largest as I recall. I do remember A&P had real buying power. One area in Louisiana grew black diamond water melons and peaches. Each spring A& P bought the entire crop in that area. When lunch came the produce manager would cut a melon that had chilled in Cooler. It was cut on metal toop table over a drain because the juice just flowed out over table. We sold the peach by crate and when you walked in front door that was what you smelt immediately. In evening Ann Page baked items delivered in morning was shifted to day- old table. Next evening any employee could take home any thing left.
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