Filmed at the Iowa City A&P in the 1940s.
If nothing else, watch the 1st two minutes -- just to see the cash register tally. I remember this method of checking out, although the machines had a more modern look to them.
Print headline. A & P Bankruptcy Means New York, Chain's Birthrate, Will Lose Last Store. (The New York Times, 8/1/2015)
Founded in 1859 as a mail-order tea business, A&P evolved into a discount food retailer that operated 16,000 stores by the mid-1930s and remained a dominant player in America’s grocery landscape into the second half of the century.“It was truly a powerhouse,” said Marc Levinson, an independent historian and the author of “The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America.” “In those days, independent grocers were every bit as afraid of A&P as mom-and-pop retailers are today of Walmart.”
The A&P in Warren PA remained in business until the late 1960s. The four-story, downtown brick building in which it was located (apartments on the upper stories) was razed during the 1970s as part of a redevelopment project. The basement housed a 4-lane bowling alley, still not automated when it closed in 1962.