Morning Headlines: Supermarket Shakeup of Fresh Grocer, Super Fresh

It’s a tangled web they weave, the supermarket chains, but let’s see if we can get this right: The grand old A&P (subject of the canonical story by John Updike that no one reads in school anymore) owns Super Fresh and Pathmark. A&P–called by its full name, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., in the Wall Street Journal, of course–is likely putting itself up for sale.  Who will buy it? Maybe Kroger, maybe a chain in the Netherlands–it’s hard to say.

Whoever the buyer, this makes our area Super Fresh and Pathmark locations vulnerable, or at the very least, in for some change. Within Philadelphia, there are four Super Fresh markets: 10th and South (across from Whole Foods, which the Journal charges, in part, with eating Super Fresh’s upscale lunch); Fifth and Pine; Delaware Ave., and near 3rd and Girard. There are many more Pathmark stores spread out over the city.

Now, on to Fresh Grocer supermarkets, which are being acquired by Wakefern, owner of the Shop Rite chain. Fresh Grocer locations in the Greater Philadelphia area will retain the name with the exception of Drexel Hill, which is due to become a Shop Rite.

Meanwhile, a new Shop Rite will open on Friday in Northwest Philly, and SEPTA has announced that it will reroute a couple buses so that they go directly into the parking lot of the Bakers Centre complex.

And there’s more!

• “The historic Engine 46 firehouse on Front Street remains endangered, now with an even greater urgency,” writes Brad Maule over at Hidden City. So what can we do about it?
• Philadelphia City Council has more hearings today on the building collapse at 22nd and Market. Today’s topic? Best practices for demolition. Which, um, obviously weren’t used.
• SugarHouse is trying to block a second casino license with a lawsuit. Good luck, fellas.
• Proctor & Gamble goes for massive space in Shippensburg, Pa., at a cost of $92+ million. “It’s a huge deal for Liberty and the state,” writes the Business Journal‘s Natalie Kostelni

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  • http://blog.philadelphiarealestate.com/ Sandy Smith

    Oops! The proper way to phrase it is that Fresh Grocer is joining Wakefern. The company is a co-operative owned by the supermarkets it supplies. The co-op, however, is acquiring the Fresh Grocer name – apparently, with plans to expand it to other Wakefern-affiliated stores.

    • Liz Spikol

      Thanks for the clarification!

  • http://blog.philadelphiarealestate.com/ Sandy Smith

    Oops! The proper way to phrase it is that Fresh Grocer is joining Wakefern. The company is a co-operative owned by the supermarkets it supplies. The co-op, however, is acquiring the Fresh Grocer name – apparently, with plans to expand it to other Wakefern-affiliated stores.

  • SuperFresh CLOSING

    A ShopRite executive has learned that Wakefern/ShopRite will bid on at least 12 area SuperFresh and Pathmark sites from bankrupt A&P. One will be Pier 70 to replace the problem-ridden Snyder Plaza ShopRite, which has structural problems. The other replacement will have Roxborough ShopRite moving to SuperFresh building a few blocks away in Ivy Ridge Shopping Center, which is much larger. Also the two smaller SuperFreshes on 5th and the one on South street, will become “Fresh Grocer-ShopRite”. ShopRite also would takeover 2nd & Girard, as a regular ShopRite. Cross Your Fingers, Shoprite has better prices and quality

  • SuperFresh CLOSING

    A ShopRite executive has learned that Wakefern/ShopRite will bid on at least 12 area SuperFresh and Pathmark sites from bankrupt A&P. One will be Pier 70 to replace the problem-ridden Snyder Plaza ShopRite, which has structural problems. The other replacement will have Roxborough ShopRite moving to SuperFresh building a few blocks away in Ivy Ridge Shopping Center, which is much larger. Also the two smaller SuperFreshes on 5th and the one on South street, will become “Fresh Grocer-ShopRite”. ShopRite also would takeover 2nd & Girard, as a regular ShopRite. Cross Your Fingers, Shoprite has better prices and quality

  • ShopRite is BEST

    LIz, A&P is now very desperate to unload ALL Superfresh and Pathmarks in Philly area. ShopRite is poised to acquire the “better” locations for its members.

  • ShopRite is BEST

    LIz, A&P is now very desperate to unload ALL Superfresh and Pathmarks in Philly area. ShopRite is poised to acquire the “better” locations for its members.

  • A&P’s CEO Smith

    Now that A&P has “canned” CEO Sam Martin, Mr. Sandy Smith has been named interim CEO of the once Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Party. Smith is expected to immediately fast-track the closings and real estate sales of remaining retail locations.

  • Lester Russel

    Rumor has it that the Yardley Super Fresh that’s has been closed for 3 yrs may be opening as an A&P along with one in New Jersey. (closed Super Fresh that is)