September 5, 1974 (38 years ago today): The Local 400 Retail Clerks Union walked out on negotiation talks with six grocery chains, beginning a strike that caused some Bowie area stores to temporarily shut down and others to reduce hours. The Bowie Plaza Giant and the Pointer Ridge Giant were closed. The Free State Mall Giant and the Grand Union at Hilltop Plaza had reduced hours. One Bowie resident decided to take her business to the Crofton A&P rather than cross picket lines in Bowie (even though A&P was affected by the strike as well), and one resident expressed relief at having the services of a milkman.
Markets, Shoppers Tough Out Strike
Thursday, September 12, 1974