A&P’s Manhattan-based Food Emporium banner has unveiled renovations at two stores that officials said would better position them to be the preferred store in their respective neighborhoods. The effort involved employee training and new hires, expansion of offerings in perimeter and in Center Store, and long-awaited renovations to brighten and modernize the units. Montvale, N.J.-based A&P is seeking to exit from bankruptcy protection in early 2012.
Signs along the 2nd Avenue façade herald the changes inside The Food Emporium.
Renovations at the store a comprehensive employee-training program to create a “selling culture,” officials said. Organic produce displays are prominent.
New refrigerated cases highlight product selection including what officials call a “best in class” cut fruit display.
A hot wing bar is among the new additions to the prepared foods selection.
Selection has been tailored to the Upper East Side neighborhood, including products appealing to Eastern Europeans as well as fresh kosher meats.
The deli has been rebranded behind Boar’s Head, including a full line of prepared sandwiches and other offerings.
Renovations to the store — the first major revamps since 1992 — make the store brighter and more neighborhood-friendly, officials said.
The opening of a Fairway Market around the corner on East 86th Street has brought new competition to the neighborhood.