Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America

ISBN-10: 0809051435

ISBN-13: 9780809051434

Edition: 2012

Authors: Marc Levinson
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Description: One ofThe Wall Street Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of 2011. From modest beginnings as a tea shop in New York, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company became the largest retailer in the world. It was a juggernaut, the first retailer to sell $1 billion in goods, the owner of nearly sixteen thousand stores and dozens of factories and warehouses. But its explosive growth made it a mortal threat to hundreds of thousands of mom-and-pop grocery stores. Main Street fought back tooth and nail, enlisting the state and federal governments to stop price discounting, tax chain stores, and require manufacturers to sell to mom and pop at the same prices granted to giant retailers. In a remarkable court case, the federal government pressed criminalcharges against the Great A&P for selling food too cheaply—and won. The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in Americais the story of a stunningly successful company that forever changed how Americans shop and what Americans eat. It is a brilliant business history, the story of how George and John Hartford took over their father’s business and reshaped it again and again, turning it into a vertically integrated behemoth that paved the way for every big-box retailer to come. George demanded a rock-solid balance sheet; John was the marketer-entrepreneur who led A&P through seven decades of rapid changes. Together, they built the modern consumer economy by turning the archaic retail industry into a highly efficient system for distributing food at low cost.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

The Verdict
The Founder
The Birth of the Great A&P
The Grocer
The Death of George F. Gilman
Gearing for Battle
The Economy Store
The Chain-Store Problem
Wrong Turns
The Profit Machine
Minute Men and Tax Men
The Supermarket
Franklin Roosevelt
Wright Patman
The Fixer
Friends
Defying Death
The Fourth Revolution
The Trustbuster
Mom and Pop's Last Stand
The Fall
The Legacy
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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