|1947 A&P Ad... Is that guy in the center smoking?|
|He *is* smoking a pipe...|
It is indeed a sad end to a great name in the grocer business. A&P innovated such things as discount pricing and weekly sales and it was said that they were Wal-Mart before Wal-Mart existed. It's a shame we have to lose them because the customer service you got at their stores could never be copied or exceeded by a corporate behemoth like Wal-Mart.