Irvington, New Jersey: The recent bankruptcy of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) is having a major impact in municipalities across Essex County.
While some supermarkets previously owned by the company, like the A&P Fresh in Upper Montclair and the Pathmark supermarkets in Newark's East Ward and South Orange, have been sold to other supermarket companies like ACME and Stop & Shop, many supermarkets owned by A&P have closed their doors for the last time. These supermarkets include the Pathmark locations in Newark's Central Ward, Irvington, and Montclair, and the A&P in Bloomfield.
The Irvington Pathmark, located on Lyons Avenue in the Township's South Ward, was the largest supermarket in this municipality of over 50,000 residents.
Irvington's Director of Health, Dr. Stephanie R. Bush-Baskette, told Essex County Place that "the Township is concerned with the closing of Pathmark as it impacts jobs and accessibility to healthy food for our residents", and that it "is our hope that another supermarket of the same caliber will take its place".
In Montclair, the closure of the Pathmark has left the eastern end of the Township without a grocery store. The Township of Montclair began a free shuttle service this week from the plaza to the Brookdale ShopRite is Bloomfield, so that residents have access to a supermarket. The service operates on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
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