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)