A&P'S FOOD BASICS AND FRESH MARKET

MONTVALE, N.J. -- Call it a high-low strategy of supermarket store design.The future of A&P here lies in two new store concepts that, if executed properly, will generate better returns on capital than conventional supermarkets, observers said. The retailer has begun the process of converting its fleet to either the perishables-oriented Fresh Market concept, or the hard-discount Food Basics model.

MONTVALE, N.J. -- Call it a high-low strategy of supermarket store design.

The future of A&P here lies in two new store concepts that, if executed properly, will generate better returns on capital than conventional supermarkets, observers said. The retailer has begun the process of converting its fleet to either the perishables-oriented Fresh Market concept, or the hard-discount Food Basics model. Though there remains a long way to go, both in the concepts themselves and in t

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