OCEAN CITY — More than 300 local Superfesh and Pathmark employees were included in a layoff notice issued by A&P, which owns the supermarket chains, and posted on the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s WARN notice website for August.
The layoff notice, with an effective date of Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day – comes about one month after the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced the potential sale of 76 stores to Acme Markets, including the Superfresh stores in Ocean City and North Wildwood and the Pathmark in Ventnor.
A spokeswoman for A&P declined to comment on what the notice meant for employees. Meanwhile, according to Acme spokeswoman Danielle D’Elia, Acme is still in the process of acquiring the A&P stores and plans to keep most of the current employees.
“We are still planning on hiring substantially all of the employees from the stores that we acquire,” she said Monday, Aug. 24.
D’Elia said that the sale must be approved by the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, A&P will continue to solicit bids through mid-September for its stores.
If the agreement is approved and pending no higher bids, A&P expects to have an approval of sale by mid-October.
D’Elia said she did not know when the stores would become Acme Markets.
“It’s still early in the process, so we’re still hashing that all out,” she said.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act require employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. The law requires that the notice be provided to the affected workers, to the state and to the appropriate unit of local government.
The WARN notice includes 94 A&P stores in New Jersey. Thirty-six of the stores are set to be sold to Acme, if approved by the Federal Trade Commission.
UFCW Local 152 represents workers at Superfresh, A&P and Pathmark. A request for comment was not immediately returned.
Ocean City is already home to one Acme, located at 34th Street and Bay Avenue, which was recently renovated. The Superfresh in Ocean City is located at 800 West Ave.