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City Hallways (Aug. 3): Turning something old into something new

Blast from the past

Seeing this old A&P sign took me back down memory lane.

For much of the 20th century, A&P was the largest retail grocer in the country.

The eight-story concrete block building located on Swan Street in Larkinville was once the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. warehouse. The grocery chain opened its Buffalo division and regional headquarters there in 1918 and occupied the building until 1975.

The 238,000-square-foot structure also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But change is on the way for the landmark building.

A $39 million project aims to transform the building into a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, 164 of them. There also will be indoor parking as well as retail space.

Food Truck Thursday's menu

The vendors for today's lunchtime favorite are:

  • Flaming Fish
  • Carnivorous
  • Lomo Lomo
  • Lloyd's
  • Green Acres Ice Cream
  • Mineo & Sapio
  • Panaro's

The meal mobiles will be lined up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.on West Genesee Street, next to Statler Towers.

Bon appetit!

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