Pa. Pathmarks Not for Sale: A&P

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P officials told SN Monday that the company was not selling its Pathmark stores in the Philadelphia region, despite published speculation.

The company acknowledged that the landlord of its Upper Darby, Pa., Pathmark store was marketing the property for sale but said, “This transaction would not affect the store. We do not have plans to close or sell additional stores at this time.”

The Upper Darby property was sold to Winstanley Enterprises, a Massachusetts real estate company, shortly before A&P filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010. Winstanley is leasing the store back to Pathmark.

Internet rumors late last week said A&P was selling three of its Delaware County, Pa., Pathmark stores, including the Upper Darby location, to ShopRite. However, officials of area ShopRite operators Brown’s Super Stores and Collins Family Markets told SN Monday they were not aware of such a deal.

Officials of the ShopRite cooperative, Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp. [2], were not immediately available for comment.