From the Desk of Lance Haver, Director of Civic Engagement for Philadelphia City Council
First, thank you to the many that joined with City Council in asking the FTC to allow Acme to take over the bankrupt A&P supermarkets, allowing them to remain operating in these Philadelphia neighborhoods as supermarkets. While not a complete victory, these five markets were saved and will open as Acme locations in the next month.
- SuperFresh – 1001 South St
- SuperFresh – 309 S 5th St
- SuperFresh – 180 W. Girard Ave
- Pathmark – 770 Crittenden St
- Pathmark – 2101-2141 Cottman Ave
Here is what Acme Markets’ Manager of Communications & Government Relations said:
“ACME is very excited by the opportunity to expand its store base through the acquisition of some A&P locations . . .
We intend to hire/make offers to substantially all of the store-level A&P employees at the stores we are acquiring and welcoming them to the ACME Markets team.
As the stores transition to an ACME, our focus will be on providing our customers with fresh, full, friendly, and clean stores. We realize every neighborhood is different – that’s why we’ll be focused on providing food solutions to the neighborhoods we serve.”
Without the efforts of so many Philadelphians, United Food and Commercial Workers local 1776 and City Council, it is unlikely that these stores would have remained open and the jobs they provide saved.
I hope you continue to read our posts and emails and stay committed to our efforts to make Philadelphia a better place to work and live.