September 30, 2015 |
Wakefern Food Corp. of Edison, N.J., the parent organization of ShopRite supermarkets, has bid $40 million to buy a dozen grocery stores, including seven local Pathmarks, from the bankrupt A&P chain. A New York bankruptcy judge will decide during an auction on Oct. 8 whether it's acceptable. Wakefern's bid includes Pathmarks on Monument, Aramingo and Oregon Avenues in Philadelphia, as well as Pathmark stores in Wyncote, Glenolden, Brookhaven and Upper Darby. Since A&P, the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. in Montvale, N.J., filed for bankruptcy in July, saying it would exit the supermarket business, seven of its area Pathmark, Super Fresh and Food Basic stores have already closed or will soon close.
September 19, 2015 |
As shelves empty in Pathmark and Super Fresh supermarkets that are closing, some employees are clinging to a lifeboat that may save their jobs, but cost others theirs. And others are just out of luck. Why are some cast adrift and others afloat? It has to do with a union history that is as convoluted as the structure of the stores' bankrupt parent company, A&P, formally known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. As A&P bought up chains over the years, unions that represented those workers came along, each with different contract provisions for bumping.
July 28, 2015
ISSUE | RACE RELATIONS Firsthand account I am one of those who shares syndicated columnist Dana Milbank's buoyancy "to have the president speaking as loudly as the haters" on the issue of race ("The president speaks out," July 22). A dear African American friend of 38 years, just passed away, lived with us as a family member for three years and shared what it was like to live in our predominately white neighborhood. In a tribute to this rare and remarkable human being, my son recalled, "He would regale me with stories of having fun in the city, but also stories about being picked up (and eventually released without charges)
July 22, 2015 |
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., better known as A&P, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York - its second such petition in five years. The Montvale, N.J.-based company currently operates 296 stores, primarily in the highly competitive northeastern U.S. market, under the banners of the Pathmark, Super Fresh, Food Basics, A&P, Best Cellars, Food Emporium, and Waldbaum's chains. For now, business at those stores will continue as usual, A&P said in a statement Monday.
October 17, 2014 |
In the year since Camden's Pathmark supermarket closed, leaving cashier Eunice Miller without a job, she has struggled financially, and has missed working at what she calls a central gathering place for the region. "I'm so glad to be back," Miller, 52, of Woodlynne, said Wednesday at the grand opening of a PriceRite store as she greeted shoppers with a complimentary goody bag and a warm smile. Those shoppers, who now have a nearby, fair-priced, produce-lush supermarket to shop in, echoed her sentiment.
October 15, 2014 |
WILLIAM LAWLER didn't want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home. But even after Lawler, 38, an Army veteran and longtime firearms instructor, showed his 9 mm Glock, the knife-wielding madman didn't want to back down. "At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, 'I don't want to shoot you, but I will,' " Lawler said yesterday, recounting the bizarre run-in outside the supermarket, on Frankford Avenue near Megargee Street in Holmesburg.
July 17, 2014 |
Given the adage likening anything distasteful to watching sausage being made, there's probably something funny to say about no longer being able to see sausage production at Maglio Fresh Foods in South Philadelphia. But nobody's laughing at Third Street and Pattison Avenue. Not the owners. And certainly not the employees - 70 at the company's peak in 1989 - who lost their jobs when the third-generation company outsourced manufacturing and packaging to North Jersey seven months ago. It was a do-or-die situation, said Anthony L. Maglio, 72, co-owner and vice president, whose late father, Lou, was a brother of the company's founder.
June 1, 2014 |
Constance Carino Harrison, 75, of Turnersville, a cashier for Pathmark supermarkets in South Jersey for more than 30 years, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Wednesday, May 28, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. A 1958 graduate of Glassboro High School, Mrs. Harrison worked at numerous stores in the Pathmark chain, in the office and at the cashier's post, her husband, Andrew J., said. She retired from the West Deptford store 10 years ago, he said.
February 7, 2014 |
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham Township school board has dropped its plan to relocate two-thirds of its middle school students to Gratz College and will move them instead to sites in Cheltenham and Springfield Townships. The Montgomery County district has been scrambling since fall to find alternative classrooms for the 750 students at Cedarbrook Middle School, which is plagued by mold and expected to be uninhabitable by spring. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a plan to lease space in the old Pathmark building on Ivy Hill Road in Springfield Township, and at St. Joseph Parish on Waters Road in Cheltenham.
February 7, 2014 |
Among the top 10 phrases former Philadelphians first utter upon returning to the city, "Oh look, it's the Roosevelt Boulevard!" is usually not one. Then again, food writer Anya von Bremzen's world was small when she first arrived with her mother as an 11-year-old Soviet émigré to the farthest reaches of Northeast Philadelphia in 1974. And as we drove from 30th Street Station, where she arrived for the day from Queens where she now lives, she was doing a fine job embracing this long-overdue revisit to her first American home with chipper optimism.