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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