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Supermartifacts / The Artifacts of A&P

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Unless noted otherwise, all photos on these pages were taken by Andrew Turnbull over a period of more than 10 years.


Subsequent U.S. stores

Although the Centennial architecture prevailed for A&P store construction until the 1970s, several of the stores that A&P opened in malls and shopping centres during this period eschewed the Centennial motif in favour of architecture that blended in with the centre as a whole. As the 1970s wore on into the 1980s, A&P also began building larger stores with a variety of architectural motifs that sometimes varied from division to division. Many of these concepts are explored in this section, although the fragmentation of the chain during this period makes it difficult to document in photos.

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828 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc, WI
1968 (Herald-Times-Reporter) and 2009

This supermarket was developed as part of the Mid-Cities Mall, opening 1 May 1968, closing as an A&P in 1979, and briefly reopening as an independent market before closing permanently. By the time I photographed it in 2009, this portion of the property had sat abandoned for two decades. Since demolished.

[A&P store]

1039 W. Mason St., Green Bay, WI
2010

An architecturally bland and generic shopping-centre supermarket. Most likely closed in 1979 during A&P's first exit from Wisconsin.

[A&P store]

29583 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, MI
2019

A&P's usual store design of the mid-to-late 1970s consisted of some form of mansard over a central entry vestibule, at least in the midwest. This one might have been built as a replacement store for 33503 5 Mile, located just 3 km down the street.

[A&P store]

35170 Dodge Park Rd., Sterling Heights, MI
2019

Here's another variation on the typical late-'70s A&P, little changed since it last sold groceries.

[A&P store]

41840 W. 10 Mile Rd., Novi, MI
2019

And yet another! This one is still selling groceries under the auspices of Busch's, a local Detroit-area chain.

[A&P store]

42475 W. 7 Mile Rd., Northville Twp., MI
2019

This A&P store opened on 15 Feb. 1976, and most likely closed in 1997 when a replacement store opened. That means this property has been standing abandoned for over two decades...and it's in a frightening shape.

[A&P store] [A&P store]

35400 E. Michigan Ave., Wayne, MI
2019

This store in Michigan has diagonal wood slats on the facade, and opened by 1983. It is still selling groceries today as a Spartan Nash affiliate, and the original A&P pill-shaped signframe has also been reused.

[A&P store]

261 Junction Rd., Madison, WI
2016

Opened 14 May 1997 as a Kohl's food store under A&P ownership; sold to Copps in 2003. This was my local supermarket during my time in Madison. Architecturally, it's representative of A&P's US store construction during this period.

[A&P store]

51328 Gratiot Ave., New Baltimore, MI
2019

Opened as a Farmer Jack store under A&P ownership. Closed during A&P's 2007 withdrawal from Michigan, and subsequently repurposed.

[A&P store]

50 N. Groesbeck Hwy., Mt. Clemens, MI
2019

Opened as a Farmer Jack store under A&P ownership. Closed during A&P's 2007 withdrawal from Michigan, and subsequently repurposed.

[A&P store]

23000 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI
2019

Opened as a Farmer Jack store under A&P ownership. Following A&P's 2007 withdrawal, the store was reoccupied by Kroger...even though Kroger already had a modern store across the street! In spite of this ludicrous situation, both stores remained open until 2019 when the lights went off at the old Farmer Jack at last.

[A&P store]

6540 Monona Dr., Monona, WI
2017

Opened 31 Oct. 1999 as a Kohl's under A&P ownership. A&P withdrew from Wisconsin a second time in 2003, and liquidated its last U.S. assets by 2015.


Subsequent Canadian stores

A&P's Canadian stores had a reputation in later years as being run somewhat better than their stateside equivalents. A&P Canada also made use of a fair amount of unique architecture, which persisted until 2005 when the division was sold to Metro of Quebec. Most former A&P stores now operate under the Metro or Food Basics banners.

[A&P store]

868 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON
2019

This store is deceptively old, opening by 1966 and operating over the years under the A&P, A&P Super Fresh, and Food Basics names. The original structure has been renovated to oblivion and expanded on all four sides, however, leaving little clue of its historic disposition.

[A&P store]

925 Ontario St., Stratford, ON
2019

This rather boxy store hails from the first half of the 1970s, and appears to have been modified little over the years.

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155 Clarke Rd., London, ON
2018

This store hails from A&P's Canadian division and opened by 1975; however, it likely received an extensive exterior renovation in the 1980s. The off-centre A&P signpole has been retained by Metro.

[A&P store] [A&P store]

1225 Wonderland Rd. N., London, ON
2018

This store opened at London's Sherwood Forest Mall in the 1970s, and features access from the interior corridor only. It survived as A&P to the end in 2008-09, then converted to Metro and Food Basics.

[A&P store]

1030 Adelaide St. N., London, ON
2017

Opened circa 1980; still in operation as Metro. As with London's Clarke Road location, I suspect that this A&P store received an exterior renovation at some point.

[A&P store] [A&P store]

1225 Broadway St., Tillsonburg, ON
2019

A&P Canada built a number of stores in the 1980s with an unusual split-level facade: A high central portion over a central window, flanked by lower "wings" cut off at 45-degree angles. This example in Tillsonburg is an archetypal example of this style, and is better-preserved than most. The A&P signframe (shaped to fit the chain's fatter, 2006-era logo) has also been preserved.

[A&P store]

1244 Commissioner's Rd. W., London, ON
2018

Here's another example of an 1980s split-level A&P store, this time disguised with a silver sign backing and new aluminum trim covering over the 45-degree transitions on the facade.

[A&P store]

51 Front St. E., Strathroy, ON
2018

Yet another split-level store that would have once looked similar to the Tillsonburg example. Of course, not even Food Basics stores are safe from Metro's remodelling itch these days...

[A&P store]

95 Water St. N., Cambridge, ON
2019

And still another split-level store that's been mucked up a bit over the years. Opened circa 1980; still in operation as Food Basics.

[Loblaws store] [Loblaws store]

275 Second Line W., Sault Ste. Marie, ON
2019

This store at the Market Mall in Sault Sainte Marie originated in the 1970s as a Loblaws location, and is also featured on that page. It was transferred to A&P in the 1980s, and the A&P pill-shaped signframe continues to be used by Metro today.

[A&P store]

701 Pine St., Sault Ste. Marie, ON
2019

Opened in the 1980s on the site of a 1960s predecessor store. Converted to A&P's Food Basics discount format by 2000.

[A&P store]

346 Wellington Rd., London, ON
2019

Here is another instance of an 1980s store built on the site of a much older predecessor (dating to the 1950s, in this case). This one seems to have had a brief life, since yet another new store opened half a block away by 1995.

[A&P store]

3880 Goyeau St., Windsor, ON
2019

This store is two blocks from the south portal of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, and opened by 1985. It's also a virtual clone of the buildings in Sault Ste. Marie and London, and an ample demonstration of how consistent A&P's Canadian architecture was during this period.

[A&P store]

395 Wellington Rd., London, ON
2018

Opened in 1991, and remains in operation as Metro. I have a hankering suspicion that this store was planned as a Miracle Food Mart, but opened after A&P's acquisition of the operation.

[A&P store]

243 King St. E., Bowmanville, ON
2018

Bowmanville is east of Oshawa, and this store was branded under the A&P name rather than the Dominion name used in Toronto. The glassed-in archway over the entrance was added in the mid-2000s.

[A&P store]

363 Kent St. W., Lindsay, ON
2018

Opened after 1995 and before 2007, likely replacing an older A&P store at the nearby Lindsay Square Mall.

[A&P store]

780 Talbot St., St. Thomas, ON
2019

This store was designed and built from the outset as a Food Basics and is as new as they get, opening for business on 21 Mar. 2019. Interestingly, it stands on the site of an bygone A&P store operating from the mid-1950s through at least 1996.







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