RETAIL TRADE: A. & P. Unlocked

Among the pleasant oddities of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., the world's biggest grocery, is the unique form of its management. For 42 years A. & P. has operated under a family trust whose proprietors were so deliberately obscure that most of the 145,000 A. & P. employees had never seen them. Last week the death, at 92, of George Ludlum Hartford finally ended the trust. For the first time since it began as a Manhattan tea store in 1859, the giant $545 million chain and its 4,200 stores is headed entirely by a management minus the...

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