Montvale-based A&P announced Monday that five additional New Jersey grocery stores will be closed, as part of 14 closures in four states, as part of the company’s reorganization after bankruptcy.
A&P filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, and has been making incremental efforts to restructure the company and its four supermarket chains — A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaums and Superfresh.
The New Jersey closures include A&Ps in Garfield and Bayonne, and Pathmarks in Manahawkin, Kearny and Egg Harbor Township.
“While this was a very difficult decision that will unfortunately impact some of our customers, partners, associates and the surrounding communities, these actions are absolutely necessary as we continue to strengthen A&P’s operating foundation and improve our performance,” said Sam Martin, president and CEO of A&P, in the announcement.
Various locations in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania also are expected to close by the end of the first quarter. The company said it will work to facilitate future assignments for employees at these locations, based on collective bargaining agreements.