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10 Area Pathmark And Superfresh Stores Closing

DEPTFORD, NJ (CBS) – Ten supermarkets in the region are closing, as the bankrupt A&P company tries to reduce costs.

Three Pathmark stores and seven Superfresh supermarkets will close within two months, putting nearly 600 union members out of work.

“They basically told us that these were underperforming stores, and that it was part of their turnaround plan to cut costs and reduce some of the lag that they were having because they’re in bankruptcy, Chapter 11,” said Sam Ferraino, who heads Local 1360 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Closing are the Pathmark stores in Deptford, NJ; Saucon Valley, Pa.; and Glasgow, Del.; and the Superfresh stores in Mt. Holly, Hammonton, Cape May Court House, Hamilton Township, and Hightstown, NJ; and Yardley and Lionville, Pa.

“In most of the cases these stores that they did close are in direct competition with Super Walmarts that recently came to the area,” Ferraino says, pointing to the Deptford Pathmark as an example.

“That town is going to suffer because those jobs and those people received higher pay.  They had benefits and they had a pension,” he told KYW Newsradio.

Ferraino says he’s concerned that some high-wage union veterans being laid off will use their bumping rights at other stores — possibly pushing the company into seeking wage concessions at the remaining stores.

The CEO of parent company The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company said in a statement the decision to close stores was difficult but absolutely necessary.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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  1. Vincent DiOrio says:

    It’s not union that are killing this country, it is stores like Walmart that buy all their goods from companies that THEY shipped over seas. They create more sweat shops in China, resulting in Americans losing those jobs. Unions’ pension programs and benefits are what help to keep people healthy and out of poverty before AND after retirement. You want to fix our economy, put more regulations on how stores like Walmart run their businesses. You want to lower unemployment, bring back our companies to the US.

    1. ROBERTO MARTINEZ says:

      Its amazing to think that every major CEO in AMERICA running any type of company has a “RECOGNIZED Contract” Protecting their best intrest. “Signing bonus” Annual bonuses-“Golden Parachutes” “Stock Options”(AND YES THE LIST GOES ON & ON). When was the last time any of us were able to buy our homes, cars, cell phone plan or get a major credict card just on a hand shake and a smile. AMERICA It takes a contract. “A legal biding contract” But, To the rest of us who are the true back bone of America. Some, how; we are left to feel that we are unfit to be “Represented”, “To be Heard” and to be “Un-RECOGNIZED” for our years of service to the companies we worked for. As we have worked on every “RECOGNIZED” National Holiday away from our loved ones. Just to make ends meet at our homes. and CEO’S can be home with their Meager Fat Portfolios.
      I say,” Thank God for our United voices” that make up our UNIONS to make a collective bargainig agreements. And those of us who are intellegent enough; to know, our unions are not at fault. {And yes to say that we would be in worse case scenario without the unions WOULD BE A MAJOR UNDER-STATEMENT}.

      So who really is at fault? It’s those CEO’s who actually sit at the top and let crumbs fall down for us. And Last but not least; in part the media {NOT ALWAYS BUT, IN PART} has alot to do with not presenting all the facts. Next time go the distance and digg into the fianacial records of these “COMPANY”-“CEO”S- and their “Stock dividents” And how outsourcing American jobs,”Is really helping America?” Please help us see who really is hurting the AMERICAN BACK BONE OF THIS COUNTRY.
      Thank You to all the Pro-union voices out there. Together we all can be heard and RECOGNIZED.

  2. MATT says:

    WAL MART, TARGET, OTHER NON-UNION SHOPS STOCK THE SHELVES WITH PRODUCTS FROM THE THIRD WORLD AND CHINA. THESE NON-UNION STORES PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES NEXT TO NOTHING, MAKE A LARGE PROFIT, IN THE LONG RUN, A&P, PATHMARK CLOSE, LIVING WAGES BECOME A THING OF THE PAST, BENEFITS GO BY THE WAYSIDE, PENSION PROGRAMS DISAPPEAR, MORE FOLKS ON UNEMPLOYMENT, AND THE WELFARE ROLLS SWELL. SOON WE WILL ENVY THE THIRD WORLD

  3. Stephanie Patterson says:

    MANAGEMENT – TOO MANY LAYERS OF OVER-PAID MBA MANAGEMENT, WHO HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO MANAGE RETAIL. These stores are “under-performing” because MANAGEMENT does not maintain adequate stock, does not have enough workers scheduled to adequately cover shifts, and uses a “rule-book” instead of common sense, hands-on operations. If you want something done correctly, ASK THE EMPLOYEES WHO DO THE JOB EVERYDAY!

  4. CAPS says:

    Keep shopping at Wal Mart to save $1 and see what happens ! WalMart sells cheaper junk anyway . Ask those 600 workers how many times they went to walmart?

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