The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P, is a supermarket and liquor store chain in the United States. Its supermarkets, which are under six different banners, are found in all 50 states of the USA, American territories, and the District of Columbia. A&P's liquor stores, known as Best Cellars, are also found in all 50 states of the USA, American territories, and the District of Columbia. A&P's corporate headquarters are in Montvale, New Jersey. A&P is widely known as both the largest food retailer in the nation and the largest U.S. retailer of any kind. A&P is considered an American icon.
A&P is considered the largest instigator of The Great Store Expansion of the 1970's. A&P opened the largest amount of stores (about 1,205) in the Western USA and was able to scare off chains like Kroger & Acme Markets.