Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another Pathmark to close, Wednesday Morning Read

Urban SupermarketImage by Paul Lowry via Flickr

Yet another Pathmark is slated to close this month, this time in Randolph, one of Pathmark's oldest stores, will be closing after 39-years. Here's a quote from Laura La Bruno, A&P's senior director of public relations:
"... As part of our overall strategy, store locations are consistently analyzed and assessed based on a number of factors including performance and market conditions," the statement said. "Stores that have been underperformers for quite some time, despite the best efforts of our management, employees and increased promotional programs which still do not achieve satisfactory operating results must be closed.

" ... While some employees are being offered work elsewhere in our retail chain, to those associates who are affected by this decision, we thank them for their dedication and great efforts over their years of service and regret the impact this closure will have on those who will be leaving the company. And of course, we thank our valued customers for their patronage over the years and hope they will continue to allow us to serve them at the nearest Pathmark location."

Cirangle, who said she had worked at the store for 27 years, said that pharmacy employees would be allowed to apply for jobs at A&P, but they would have to first resign their positions with Pathmark and reapply A&P because "Pathmark pharmacy employees are union and A&P's are not."

This is the second store closure Pathmark has announced this month, the other was in Wall, NJ.

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