Memories of grocery-shopping at the A&P

I received a letter in the mail from Linda Arnold of Springettsbury Township, with yet another memory of a grocery store of the past.

A & P logoLinda writes, “The grocery thing prompted me to write to you. I wonder if any of your readers remember when the Salvation Army store on Haines Road was an A&P grocery store? My husband and I moved to York in Sept. of 1976 to be closer to family and we shopped there.”

What’s funny is that, when we talked about grocery stores before, that was one my mom remembered but couldn’t place the location of. In our family, the A&P was the place where Mom and Dad could find good pepperoni in the mid-1970s; it was hard to find “Italian ethnic foods” at the time!

So do you guys also remember the A&P in York County? It looks like the chain still is in business, but only to the north and east of us; you’d have to go to New Jersey to visit one!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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4 Responses to Memories of grocery-shopping at the A&P

  1. Connie Morningstar says:

    I worked for A & P for twelve years starting in high school. I worked at the 450 E. Philadelphia St. where the York Nursery is today.
    In those days we did not have scanners and sometimes we did not have power for the conveyor belt to bring groceries to the cash registered. We used and wood frame work of some kind with a
    handle.
    I remember the coffee smelling so good when you grided the coffee for the customer at the register. We also had these wire shopping carts for people to take grocies home. The carts were
    rounded with 2 wheels and some type metal feet on the front. They were always a challenge being
    rounded and not square. You could put at least
    6 brown paper bags in them if you were good at packing.
    This stored closed and moved to the strip mall between Queen and Duke St. by the old railroad station.
    We also had an A & P on Edgar Street and one at the York Mall where Panara bread and Chucky Cheese was.

  2. Bill L says:

    What about the A and P on the 200 block of West Philadelphia across from where the White Rose Grill is today?

  3. Butch says:

    The Salvation Army store on Haines Road was a Weis Market, it was never the A&P. Weis and K-Mart had the center specifically built for them in the 60’s.
    If you want to know where the A&P was just look at Party City & Chuckie Cheese.

  4. Katie says:

    I agree with Butch who said the store on Haines Road prior to being a Salvation Army had been a WEIS Market, not an A&P. My sister worked there from 1976-77.

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