A&P, 5130 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA

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This lovely storefront served as the A&P branch for my new part-time neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s Upper Lawrenceville, from at least 1925-1955. It’s presented here tonight more for symbolic purposes, as a means of announcing that I’ve begun my Pittsburgh research. I’ve compiled a first draft of addresses through 1980, but I’m still entering them into a spreadsheet. I’ve got A&P, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Loblaw’s/Del Farm, Streamline/Thorofare, Butler’s, Ondek’s, and many more.

In fact, it looks like Pittsburgh will prove to be even more interesting than San Francisco was; I’m only done with data entry through 1945, and I already have 935 addresses, as opposed to about 600 for the entire 1928-1999 period in San Francisco.

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated. It will be a while before there’s a proper new section, since I’m still working on updating the rest of the site following the move to WordPress as well. But look for some Pittsburgh photos (including some vintage ones) to start popping up here soon. And if you have anything to contribute, please let me know.

One thought on “A&P, 5130 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA

  1. apteafan

    August 12, 2009 at 7:27am

    Pittsburgh is a great place to compile a supermarket address list.

    Don’t forget to use local references such as McKees Rocks-Stowe Township and related titles from Arcadia publications. You will find photos in the book to help you figure out addresses for A&P, Giant Eagle, Thorofare, Star/Sparkle/Loblaw/BigD/DelFarm, Foodland, Schwartz’s Sanitary Markets, which had locations in Lawrenceville on Butler St and Carson St on South Side, where it still operates.

    Google archives helps as well, especially for old copies of Pittsburgh Post Gazette newpapers from the era.

    Wishing you great success on this very important endeavor.

  2. Steve

    January 5, 2010 at 4:02pm

    Old Wagner’s Market. 5901 Heckert Road, Bakerstown PA 15007. You can Google Map to see building which is now Mr. C’s Pizzeria. Was a great old market. Wood and linoleum floors. Everyone knew your name etc. The owners were brothers who prided themselves on quality and customer service. One of them was a butcher and you could request any cut which they would custom cut on site. Produce was hand picked in Pittsburgh market district and brought out fresh every morning. Baked goods done by Wagner’s family members. When I was in high school, I could buy groceries and “charge” to my parent’s account and they were billed. Another Wagner’s Market opened in Hampton which is a few miles away and the old market closed. They still are devoted to quality but the old place was a special “small town” grocery.

  3. george wojtkowski

    October 8, 2019 at 6:59pm

    Shwartzs Market between 44th and 43rd Butler St

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