Warehouse Economy Outlet

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Warehouse Economy Outlet
Former type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1971
Defunct 1975
Headquarters New York, New York/Montvale, New Jersey
Area served United States
Products Deli, bakery, produce, snacks, frozen foods
Parent The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

Warehouse Economy Outlet, (W.E.O), Where Economy Originates, was a discount, warehouse-style supermarket concept that was developed in the 1970s by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), and is credited with being among the first of its kind in the industry. The first W.E.O. location opened in Pennsauken, New Jersey in 1971, and quickly became a successful, profitable venture. W.E.O. featured top-selling grocery items in their original wholesale, bulk packaging, at greatly reduced prices. In 1972 A&P expanded this format to 1,500 stores across its regions but was unsuccessful because many of its older stores, built prior to the 1950s, were not large enough to stock the large quantities of discounted groceries that the format called for. Thus, by 1975 A&P had abandoned the format.[1][2]

Company slogans[edit]

  • "Weeee-oooo! How A&P prices have changed!"
  • "We Won't Stop Trying Til You Say Weeee-oooo!"[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://aptea.com/our-company/our-history 1960-1999 - Becoming a Supermarket Family
  2. ^ http://www.groceteria.com/store/national-chains/ap/ap-history/ A&P History: The Meltdown
  3. ^ https://soundcloud.com/mpf-one-min-samplers/a-p-warehouse-economy-outlet A&P - Warehouse Economy Outlet - WEO Jingle Tag (Circa 1974)