In Edgewater Park, many bemoan loss of 'hometown' Pathmark

Posted: July 12, 2013

One day after the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. announced that it would close three Pathmark supermarkets in South Jersey, customers said they would sadly have to change their shopping habits, some cultivated over decades.

"There's just something about this one," Michelle Miller of Burlington Township said Wednesday in the parking lot of the Edgewater Park store along Route 130. "It's more hometown."

The stores in Cherry Hill, Camden, and Edgewater Park are to close in September, at which time 300 employees will lose their jobs.

In Edgewater Park, Township Administrator and Clerk Linda Dougherty estimated that the store had been a staple of the town for more than 40 years.

"We have a lot of our population that Pathmark readily serves," Dougherty said, adding that she shops there. "That's going to be a little tough for our citizens."

Dougherty said she had been reaching out to companies "just about all day" to fill the space once Pathmark closes.

Miller, 44, has been shopping at the Edgewater Park location for 16 years and said she would miss it, even though an Acme Market sits across Route 130 in Willingboro. Edgewater Park also has a Bottom Dollar supermarket along Route 130.

Roland Ellis, 77, of Burlington Township, said he would miss the store he has been going to for 40 years because of its convenience.

In Cherry Hill, some customers said they had built relationships with the staff at the store.

"We've gotten to know them," said Cindy Alibrando, 38, of Cherry Hill. "They already know what we want."

The Cherry Hill location is in a plaza on Church Road across from Cherry Hill Mall. Township spokeswoman Bridget Palmer said that while the closure would lead to jobs lost, the township does not expect the building to stay vacant for long.

"We know that businesses have confidence in Cherry Hill," Palmer said. "We look at it as an opportunity to improve an underperforming site." Palmer said businesses have expressed interest in the site in the past.


Contact Sean Carlin at 856-779-3237, scarlin@philly.com, or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

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