Original Tenant: A&P
Address: 755 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA
Later Tenants: Staples (1990s- )
Photographed: December 202150s as a flat-front, streetfront store of roughly 12,000 square feet -- not to mention hiding a very slight arched roof back there. In the late 50s or early 60s, it was retrofitted into an approximation of the centennial store model, which we just saw yesterday at Gladwyne -- albeit extensively remodeled.
full-fledged centennial. And finally, we know it's an earlier store because it's about 3,000 square feet smaller than the typical centennial -- although they did vary in size, with some as small as just 9,000 square feet.
Despite the fact that this store has been a Staples for roughly 30 years, making it one of the first in the region, it still has a strong grocery store appearance. Similar retrofitted "almost-centennials" are actually fairly common in the Philadelphia area, and we'll be seeing another in just a few more days. For now, we'll be checking out a longtime, but recently rebuilt, supermarket just up the street here in Bryn Mawr on The Market Report!