PRICE WAR COULD TEST WAKEFERN'S LEADERSHIP IN N.Y. AREA

One of the first things I was told when I moved into my former neighborhood in New Jersey 12 years ago was not to shop at A&P."ShopRite has much better prices," an elderly woman who lived upstairs advised.But changes are afoot in the Garden State, and elsewhere in the New York-to-Philadelphia corridor, that may soon put her grandmotherly wisdom to the test.After A&P's agreement to sell off its Canadian

One of the first things I was told when I moved into my former neighborhood in New Jersey 12 years ago was not to shop at A&P.

"ShopRite has much better prices," an elderly woman who lived upstairs advised.

But changes are afoot in the Garden State, and elsewhere in the New York-to-Philadelphia corridor, that may soon put her grandmotherly wisdom to the test.

After A&P's agreement to sell off its Canadian division for about $1.475 billion last month, and with

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