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The A&P on 12th Avenue …

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This is a promotional photo at the old A&P grocery store on 12TH Avenue across from St. Christopher’s Church.  The car is a Ford Torino and I would guess that it would be around a 1972 or 73.  I know someone out there will know …  The old A&P closed down in the late 1970’s and was converted in a Ronald McDonald House.  They built a larger facility on Bayou Blvd and have moved, so I do not know what is in there now.  I can vividly remember shopping in the old store like it was yesterday … Winn-Dixie and Friendly Service had closed down and this was the only grocery store left on 12TH Avenue.  I do not know any of the people in the photo, as usual, but that is not really my purpose.  Thanks for looking and let us hear your comments … Frank

Written by Frank Hardy

January 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

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  1. The gentleman on the right is our dad, William “Bill” Brown. Dad was the manager there when it opened until he moved to manage the “A-Mart” at the old fair grounds location on Fairfield Drive next to “Woolco”.

    Thanks for the photo!


    Michael Brown

    April 8, 2018 at 9:14 am

  2. The gentleman on the right was my dad, William “Bill” Brown. He was the manager when the store opened until he moved to manage the new “A-Mart” that opened at the old fair grounds on Fairfield Drive. The car was a promotion for a car race (Daytona?).


    Michael Brown

    April 8, 2018 at 9:00 am

  3. LOVED going in there! The fresh ground coffee smelled soooo good! Definitely was not within walking distance, like Kwik Chek/Winn Dixie and Friendly Service!



    May 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  4. I’m curious, Frank: Where were the Winn-Dixie and Friendly Service on 12th?


    remcvay (@remcvay)

    January 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    • The A&P was about 25 blocks north of us on 12th Avenue … the Winn-Dixie was around the corner on Gonzalez Street and Friendly Service was one block north on 12th. Thanks for commenting and please check back … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      January 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

  5. I so wish that A&P was still there. That would be my neIghborhood grocery…instead of Barnes!
    Anyway, remember the fresh ground “8 O’Clock” coffee smell when you went in there? I’ll never forget that!

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    Bill Jordan

    February 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    • Bill … When I was on 12th Avenue and they had closed Winn Dixie and Friendly Service, I used to go to A&P also. I was in Barnes a month or so back and that was the first time I had been in there in 11 or 12 years … I do not think it has changed a bit. Thanks for looking … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      February 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

  6. Thanks for putting on the photos, really enjoy seeing them!

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    January 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  7. The Torino is a ’68 GT. Ford made them to qualify their NASCAR efforts (had to make and sell a certain number of production cars of the same model). The fastbacks are more aerodynamically slippery.


    Sam Waite

    January 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    • Thanks Sam … I thought that it might have been later, but I did not know and just took a guess. I knew that if I put this out there that someone would know when the Torino was produced. I never rode in one, but I always thought it was a slick looking car. Thanks again for the help and please check back … Frank


      Frank Hardy

      January 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

  8. I seem to recall the A & P was still operating in the 90’s. Today the building has been remodeled and is now the Gulf Coast Kids House.


    David Hawkins

    January 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  9. That’sa a 1968 Torino GT (note the wheels). The fastback model was developed for Ford’s NASCAR program, and was more aerodynamic than a coupe. Great pictures!



    January 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

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