MONTVALE, N.J. A&P announced that it will close 25 stores in five states as the company begins the implementation and execution phase of its comprehensive turnaround. The affected stores include locations in close proximity to other company stores, those facing real estate and cost issues, and underperforming non-core stores. The store closures are expected to be completed in the company’s fiscal third quarter.
A&P president and CEO Sam Martin said, “As part of our turnaround, we have initiated a detailed review of our store footprint and have decided to close these 25 locations. While this was a very difficult decision that will unfortunately impact some of our customers, partners, communities and employees, these actions are absolutely necessary to strengthen A&P’s operating foundation and improve our performance going forward. We will help our affected colleagues pursue other positions across the company should open positions be available.”
Martin continued, “We are moving forward aggressively to advance our turnaround and position A&P for a strong future. Even as we reduce our store base and drive efficiencies across our Company, A&P continues to remodel stores and take other important steps to enhance our customers’ experience across our store formats. To this end, we are set to re-open two newly remodeled stores in the coming month.”