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It's time to enter Pennsylvania! If you got a little bored with my coverage of the mid-Atlantic region (and, I'll admit, there were a fair number of pretty boring stores and bad drive-by pictures, especially in Norfolk), now is the time to tune back in. We are back, just west of New Jersey, in the Philadelphia area! We're going to begin our coverage in the eastern part of the Main Line, a stretch of Philadelphia suburbs along US-30, which is the Lincoln Highway. In that area, we'll make stops in Gladwyne, Bryn Mawr, Wynnewood, and Narberth before entering the Philadelphia city limits for a look at stores around Carroll Park, Cathedral Park, and University City. My coverage of Philadelphia is not quite as dense as northern New Jersey nor northeastern Pennsylvania, but it's pretty solid, and we certainly have quite a few interesting stops as we move through the area from south to north, roughly. We begin with a look at a very small independent grocer in Gladwyne over on The Independent Edition tomorrow!


  1. I'm really looking forward to your coverage of this region.

    Though I never lived in this region, I some of my relatives did live there, so I am familiar with some of its supermarkets. The supermarket in this region that I'm most familiar with was an A&P-turned-Super Fresh at the Gateway Shopping Center:

    Before I continue, I should say that it is a bit confusing as to the town in which this shopping center is located. Depending on the source, I have read that the shopping center is located in Wayne, Valley Forge, Devon, or Tredyffrin Township. The Gateway Shopping Center is not in the town of Berwyn, though that is where the replacement store (a Super Fresh-turned-Pathmark) opened in 1996.

    Josh was incorrect when he stated that Gateway A&P opened with the shopping
    center in 1965. According to the Historic Aerials website, the center was built sometime between 1967 and 1971 (though it was later expanded a bit). The A&P actually opened around May 22, 1969, as an advertisement in that day's Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned that the then-new supermarket was now open.

    I would be surprised if you are planning to profile the former Gateway A&P/Super Fresh. This is because the shopping center underwent a renovation relatively recently; while the TJ Maxx is still there, the Centennial facade is sadly gone. However, if you are planning to profile this store on Grocery Archaeology, I will share a bit more history about the A&P/Super Fresh in the comments section of your profile; if not, I'll share the additional history as a response to this post.

    --A&P Fan


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