When was this type A&P built?

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When was this type A&P built?

Post by Ephrata1966 » 02 Jun 2010 09:21

I have noticed a certain few A&Ps have a "Marina" style. Many of them I believe were LATER made into Centennials, like this one: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/S ... nce_13.jpg

It's a wonder this one seems to have been expanded/remodeled AGAIN in the 70's.

I saw one in Newark, DE which is now a Toyota dealership! This one appears to have been remodeled into an early? Centennial as well. Also in Newark is a Centennial A&P/Super Fresh.

This is also one of these stores: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62355920@N ... 872096747/

Apparently it was expanded/remodeled in 1968: http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15043549 ... -Aston-PA/

I suspect there was a company that built/remodeled a certain few shopping centers, including Village Green, in the late 60's/early 70's. They all were anchored by either Acme, A&P, or Food Fair, Thrift Drug/Eckerd/Rite Aid, and a "State Store"/"Wine & Spirits Shoppe".

But could these "Marina" stores be from the 1940s?

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Re: When was this type A&P built?

Post by maynesG » 02 Jun 2010 15:24

Hi, Ibelieve that these stores were barrel roofed stores and not marina,The one that I remember wasin North Bergen N.J.and now serves as Public Library.I would guesswas early 1950!s

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Re: When was this type A&P built?

Post by rich » 02 Jun 2010 19:54

This has been discussed before in the context of other chains. Barrel roofs were very common early in the construction of modern supermarkets and probably date from the late 30s well into the 50s for many chains. It was a matter of engineering. Incorporating the roof into the facade design came later, ironically, as these kinds of roofs became less common. The pylon Safeways, for example, had the barrels behind their rectangular facades.

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