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George H. Hartford

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

1878 - 1915


pre-1900 b. 1833
Born-Died1833 - 1917
BirthplaceMaine (ME)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - pre-1900

Expanding beyond its initial base of imported tea products, Hartford established one of the largest chains of grocery stores, The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in the United States. Hartford was an early proponent of advertising premium “give-aways” and low prices. The foundation he created enabled A&P to be the #1 grocer in the U.S. for over 50 years.