A&P is a company whose abbreviation stands for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. This company was a chain of United States grocery stores that was in business for 156 years. They were founded in 1859 in New York City, New York, and had their headquarters in Montvale, New Jersey. At their peak, they had 15,709 locations and employed nearly 28,500 people in their numerous locations. This store sold name-brand items as well as their own brands that were wildly popular. Contrary to their name, they sold more than just tea and instead sold a full selection of grocery items.