WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Additional parties including landlords and labor unions have filed objections in federal bankruptcy court here over A&P’s planned sale of some Super Fresh stores.
The objections come in advance of next week’s court hearing on the proposed sales.
A landlord for a store in Baltimore said it had been unable to ascertain the financial condition of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, the proposed new tenant, and said as a result it was unsure it could perform to obligations required under the lease. A Washington, D.C., landlord earlier filed a similar objection. The Baltimore landlord also objected on the basis that A&P was responsible for repairs to the store. A White Oak, Md., landlord also filed an objection, noting A&P was responsible for property improvements.
United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 400 and 1776, which represent employees at some stores, in a joint filing argued that the sale be adjourned or denied while it makes sure that its succession rights are preserved. The unions noted that they had the first meeting with the proposed buyer for the stores, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market, scheduled this week.
UFCW Local 27 in a separate filing said it was already negotiating with Mrs. Green’s, which it said had agreed to recognize the union as the collective bargaining agent of store employees. However the union objected to a footnote that could be interpreted to mean A&P could reject the union contract if an agreement with the new operator wasn’t reached.