What happened to bankrupt A&P's 90 stores in New Jersey?

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company filed for bankruptcy a year ago. In liquidation proceedings, the company laid off some of its 7,000 union workers in New Jersey and New York and closed some of its 90 stores in the state. Ethnic and independent groceries have opened to satisfy market demands, according to nj.com at http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2016/11/what_happened_to_bankrupt_aps_90_stores_in_new_jersey.html.

According to the article, seven thousand A&P workers were represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 464A. Five thousand found new jobs after Acme purchased fifty A&P stores.

Foodtown and Stop & Shop also purchased some A&P stores. Some workers transferred to other Local 464A stores such as ShopRite, Stop & Shop and Foodtown. Some workers retired.

Local 464A represents service workers from Barnegat, NJ up to Kingston, NY, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River. In court proceedings in the Southern District of New York, A&P is negotiating severance and vacation with workers.

The bankruptcy was a big loss for the union, which has about 18,000 members total, but it's working its way back, Niccolai said. Contract negotiations with Acme are on the horizon. The grocer assumed the last year of the union's A&P contract, which expires Dec. 3.

Key Food has been leasing unsold locations.

In 2016 in Garwood, NJ, Key Foods began operations of a Pathmark owned by A&P and reopened it as a Food Emporium. Key Foods began operations of a A&P in Edison and reopened it as a SuperFresh. Key Foods began operations of a Pathmark in Elizabeth and reopened it as Food Bazaar. Key Foods also purchased the SuperFresh brand from A&P.

Chuck Lanyard, president of the Goldstein Group, a Paramus, NJ real estate firm specializing in retail said the bankruptcy also opened the door to independent and ethnic grocers. Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, a Long Island, NY grocer, opened a store in a former Pathmark location in Ramsey, NJ.

H Mart, a Lyndhurst, NJ based grocer specializing in Asian foods, and 99 Ranch, another Asian-focused chain, have begun operations at former A&P locations. In Hackensack, NJ, 99 Ranch leased a former Pathmark.

Supermarkets have foot traffic of more than 20,000 visits a week in many places. Other retailers and gyms could fill the space. In Woodland Park, NJ, a 65,000-square-foot former A&P is being operated by Bed Bath & Beyond.

(NJ Advance Media Author: Myles Ma) http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2016/11/what_happened_to_bankrupt_aps_90_stores_in_new_jersey.html

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