George Huntington Hartford
Birthplace: Augusta, Maine
Hartford worked in stores in Boston and St. Louis before heading to New York City, where he and George F. Gilman opened the first of their stores known as the Great American Tea Company. As it expanded west, the name was changed to the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, and in 1915 he relinquished control of the firm to his sons George and John. The chain of 4,700 stores was known as the A&P by 1951, when they began expanding the inventory and to even manufacture certain items themselves.
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