Check Out These Prices! Food & Prices

by Ann HertzlerFood Prices - A&P  – [published in September, 2009 FPHPS Newsletter]

Food prices have changed in Kure Beach since the 1920s. A&P ads for July 4 specials in the Wilmington Morning Star were compared for 1927, 1937, 1947, and 1957. All A&P stores were closed during the July 4th holiday.

Ground beef did not appear in any July 4th A&P newspaper ad during this time.

  • In 1957, Ham was featured in every July 4 ad – 29¢ a pound in 1927; 53¢ a pound.
  • In 1957, Hot dogs (Frankfurters, Franks) were 23¢ a pound in 1937; 49¢ for 12 oz. in 1967. The price doubled and the package size decreased in this time period. All meat hot dogs were advertised.
  • In 1957, Peanut Butter was 19¢ a jar (size not listed) in 1927, and 55¢ for a 24 oz. jar.
  • In 1984, Food Lion advertised 5 lb. ground beef at 98 ¢ / lb (fresh daily); Ground Chuck 58 ¢ / lb
  • Ingredients for making baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad were advertised, but not the finished item.

Food & Prices In 1978 in the Island Gazette, Food Lion advertised Cucumbers or Green Bell Peppers – 4/$1

  • Thompson Seedless Grapes – 69 ¢/lb.
  • Chuck Roast – $1.18 / lb.
  • broccoli – 79 ¢ /bunch
  • Coke 6-Pack – $0.99
  • pound sugar – $0.27
  • gallon milk – $1.01
  • dozen eggs – $0.87

Convenience mixes advertised in 1978 were Hamburger Helper, Shake n’ Bake, Stove Top Dressings, Coffee Creamers, Frozen Pie Crusts, Green Giant Frozen Foods.

Lunch in a restaurant was $1.56. Popular food items at beach restaurants were fried fish, sweet tea, one pot meals, French fries, and corn meal items. (Island Gazette 1978- 2003 Collectors Edition)