SOME GIANT CHAINS MET HARD TIMES

They once were giants: Penn Fruit Co., National Tea, Grand Union and A&P.While the first three have disappeared, A&P has had to struggle to regain its former glory.According to observers, A&P nearly destroyed itself in the early 1970s when it launched an industrywide price war by converting stores to a new price-driven format called WEO -- Where Economy Originates. The undertaking proved to be a disaster

They once were giants: Penn Fruit Co., National Tea, Grand Union and A&P.

While the first three have disappeared, A&P has had to struggle to regain its former glory.

According to observers, A&P nearly destroyed itself in the early 1970s when it launched an industrywide price war by converting stores to a new price-driven format called WEO -- Where Economy Originates. The undertaking proved to be a disaster and was a major impetus for A&P's founding famil

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