Andrew T.

Andrew T.

Posted on 04/08/2009

Photo taken on April  4, 2009


West Virginia

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Former "centennial" style A&P store (now Save-a-Lot), Princeton, WV

Former "centennial" style A&P store (now Save-a-Lot), Princeton, WV
Growing up in West Virginia in the 1980s and 1990s, it didn't occur to me that A&P once had grocery operations in the area. So, in spite of the fact that I passed by this grocery store on Stafford Drive dozens if not hundreds of times in close to twenty years, it wasn't until recently that it crossed my mind that this was obviously an A&P "centennial" style store from the 1960s.

This location seems to have been a casualty of A&P's misfortunes of the 1970s and early 1980s, in which the chain pulled out of entire regions of the country and slashed its store count in half. Even so, it's stayed in continuous operation as a grocery store since then: First as a local store called Wyatt's Super Market, then as a Foodland franchise by 1987. It settled into an identity as a discount Save-a-Lot store in the mid '90s, and remains as such today...though the ancient produce coolers inside belie an earlier past.

Interestingly the entire shopping center was remodeled several years ago, and now displays slanted roofing and gables for the entire length of the concourse...all in the style of a grocery chain that had left the center in question many years earlier.