|A former A&P Centennial store located at 1515 Sarno Road in Melbourne, FL, re-purposed as offices for Brevard County. After all these years, the building still retains its distinctive cupola on the roof.|
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P)
A&P stores existed in Florida since the early part of the 20th Century, primarily locating in storefronts in downtown areas. They then joined suit like the other chain stores and began relocating to modern, standalone buildings and shopping centers by the 1950's, only to pull out of Florida by the 1970's. In the early 80's, A&P decided to come back to Florida, but this time under the Family Mart name. These new A&P Family Mart stores were nothing like the small stores A&P left behind in Florida. The Family Mart stores were close to 55,000 square feet in size, and were similar to the Albertsons stores being built in Florida at the time, featuring a wide selection of general merchandise products as well as groceries and full service departments. However, the reborn Florida A&P division was a short lived venture. A&P closed all of their Florida Family Mart stores in 1987, selling most of the locations off to Kash n' Karry and Kroger's Florida Choice division, ending A&P's presence in Florida.
While I've never been to an A&P personally, it's really sad to see an iconic brand fade away, especially since A&P was the company that originated the modern supermarket chain. However, out of all of this, Albertsons' Acme division will gain 76 stores from A&P, which you can read more about here on the Acme Style blog.
Anyway, more Albertsons coming to the blog on August 8th.
The Albertsons Florida Blogger