August 13, 2010 | last updated May 29, 2012 9:33 pm

A&P closing stores in CT, other states

Grocery store operator Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. said Friday that it will close 25 of its 429 stores -- some in Connecticut -- as it implements a turnaround strategy, reports.

The 25 affected stores, to close by later this year, are in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and New York, but the company would not identify specific locations, spokeswoman Lauren La Bruno told the Philadelphia newspaper.

According to Great Atlantic's website, it operates 12 Connecticut stores under the A&P banner, including two in Berlin and Middletown; one Waldbaum's in West Hartford; and a single Food Emporium in New Canaan.

La Bruno said 2,000 employees will be impacted.

"However, we will help our affected associates pursue other positions across the company should open positions be available," she wrote in an e-mail.

Great Atlantic last month announced the appointment of a new CEO, former Office Max executive Sam Martin. He replaces Ron Marshall, who took over as A&P's CEO in January. For the quarter that ended June 19, A&P reported a loss of $122.6 million, compared with a loss of $65.2 million a year earlier.


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