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A&P Notifies 3,781 N.J. Workers Of Layoffs Effective Thanksgiving Day

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(Matt Dowling)  The A&P supermarket chain filed layoff notices this week effective Thanksgiving Day for 3,781 employees at 45 of the New Jersey stores the Montvale-based company plans to sell as part of its pending bankruptcy.

Many of the company’s stores are being sold in separate deals with Stop & Shop and Acme Markets. A&P plans to close 10 stores in New Jersey.

The WARN notices, which are required by law, filed this week with the state Department of Labor list the effective layoff date as Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day.

A&P filed another 867 layoff notices in July with an effective date of Sept. 19 for the eight New Jersey locations, bringing the total number of employees affected in the state to more than 4,600.

Union representatives for the employees have been arguing in bankruptcy court that the workers’ contracts should be honored and seniority should be maintained as stores are closed and sold.

As the layoff notices have started to arrive in employees hands, the uncertainty they face has become more pressing, said John T. Nicollai, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 464A, which represents 7,200 A&P workers.

“It’s very tough. I get phone calls every day from members,” Nicollai said Friday. “It’s not numbers. It’s people. It’s lives.”

An A&P spokesman declined to comment on Friday about the layoff notices. A&P owns stores under several brand names including Pathmark and Superfresh throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.

The company has set up a website with updates about the bankruptcy and store sales.

The 10 in New Jersey stores listed for closure include:

  • Cliffwood A&P, 325 Route 35
  • Holmdel A&P, 2101 Route 35
  • Belleville Pathmark, 115 Belmont Ave.
  • Clifton Pathmark, Botany Plaza
  • Clifton Pathmark, 895 Paulison Ave.
  • Linden Pathmark, 651 North Stiles St.
  • Edison Pathmark, 561 Route 1
  • East Brunswick Pathmark, 50 Race Track Road
  • Old Bridge Pathmark, 1043 U.S. Route 9
  • Toms River Pathmark, 1256 Indian Head Road

The stores included in the August layoff notices and the number of layoffs include:

  • Allendale A&P – 104
  • Basking Ridge A&P – 66
  • Belvidere A&P – 64
  • Blairstown A&P – 102
  • Bloomfield A&P – 46
  • Boonton Township A&P – 99
  • Bricktown A&P – 80
  • Califon A&P – 55
  • Clark A&P – 125
  • Clinton A&P – 54
  • Closter A&P – 92
  • Denville A&P – 111
  • Edison A&P – 72
  • Fairview A&P – 100
  • Fanwood A&P – 72
  • Fort Lee A&P – 145
  • Hackettstown A&P – 6
  • Haskell A&P – 7
  • Hewitt A&P – 85
  • Hoboken A&P – 104
  • Jersey City A&P – 103
  • Kenilworth A&P – 157
  • Ledgewood A&P – 13
  • Little Silver A&P – 62
  • Mahwah A&P – 138
  • Marlboro A&P – 64
  • Metuchen A&P – 13
  • Midland Park A&P – 162
  • North Brunswick A&P – 103
  • Montclair A&P – 76
  • Mt Olive A&P – 88
  • Navesink A&P – 38
  • New Providence A&P – 102
  • Oak Ridge A&P – 98
  • Old Bridge A&P – 116
  • Old Tappan A&P – 76
  • Ortley Beach A&P – 164
  • Park Ridge A&P – 88
  • Point Pleasant Beach A&P – 13
  • Pompton Lakes A&P – 100
  • Randolph A&P – 87
  • Saddle Brook A&P – 97
  • South Plainfield A&P – 117
  • Summit A&P – 10
  • Sussex A&P – 107