NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

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NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

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Altoona turned out to be more interesting and more time-consuming than I expected, with all the small service stores in evidence eceb into the early 1960s. A&P kept a counter-service store open until 1956, even (see attached).

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https://www.groceteria.com/place/pennsylvania/altoona/


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Re: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

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A&P had a division and a warehouse in Altoona up until the 1980s. They sometimes had them in places that seemed too close to a more major city. Toledo was another, bigger example. I think they also had one in Fort Wayne.

I’m surprised Thorofare wasn’t here.
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There were briefly (in 1941) Streamline Markets in Altoona and Hollidaysburg, which I'm assuming were the same Streamline chain that was Thorofare's predecessor, but I'm not sure about that. Thorofare was in Johnstown but maybe that's as far east as they got.
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Re: NEW: Altoona, 1925-2020

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Thorofare went pretty far South (Fairmont WV, East Liverpool, Ohio) by the mid 50s, but they didn't seem to go very far North, East, or West. Eastward they would have run into the dropoff of the Allegheny Plateau (Altoona is close to this) which is an adventure to drive even in dry weather in a sedan, let alone a semi. That seems like a natural barrier they respected.

The A&P warehouse is for sale: https://abcdcorp.org/properties/24-Offi ... 6602-%240/
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That's a cool article! Wonder what the last service store in the A&P system was--either the one on Royal in New Orleans or perhaps one somewhere in NYC.
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