1859 Partners George F. Gilman and George Huntington Hartford open a store-warehouse operation in downtown Manhattan. 1868 Company adds coffee to its offerings. George Huntington Hartford later gives the brand a name, Eight O'Clock Coffee. 1869 Company, now with 11 stores, renames itself the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., in honor of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Great American Tea Co. name is retained for mail order and wagon routes. 1871 The Great Chicago ...
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