Pathmark's Woes Hit A&P Amid Conversions

Is making more Pathmarks going to make more problems? That's the question some observers have for A&P, which despite acknowledging struggles within the Pathmark banner figures to be busy this year converting more and more of its conventional stores to the burgeoning price-impact format. Officials at A&P, based here, said that format optimization converting its properties to the banner

MONTVALE, N.J. — Is making more Pathmarks going to make more problems?

That's the question some observers have for A&P, which despite acknowledging struggles within the Pathmark banner figures to be busy this year converting more and more of its conventional stores to the burgeoning price-impact format.

Officials at A&P, based here, said that “format optimization” — converting its properties to the banner most appropriate for its surrounding demographic — is a t

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