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In conjunction with A&P's bankruptcy filing, the retailer posted letters to customers on its website regarding stores that will remain open, as well as those that are set to close, both of which are undersigned by Greg Mays, chairman of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc.
The full text of May's letter to customers for stores that are to remain open appears below:
Today our company announced that it has executed agreements to sell approximately 120 stores and we filed for bankruptcy protection. While we wanted you to be aware of this important development, we expect there will not be any impact on your shopping experience at this time.
The vast majority of our stores remain open for business and we will continue to serve your shopping needs during this process.
This location remains fully stocked, and we will continue providing you with the same high-quality products and excellent service that you’ve come to expect from us. We will also continue to honor all existing customer promotional and loyalty programs. In short, serving our customers has been and will continue to be our #1 priority.
During the bankruptcy process, we will continue to seek well-capitalized partners to purchase 151 of the remaining stores. Therefore, we expect that following the completion of the bankruptcy process many of our stores will continue to operate with new owners.
We recognize that you may have questions about this announcement and encourage you to visit www.apteanotice.com.
We are committed to keeping you fully informed along the way – if anything should change at this store, we will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, today should not be much different than any other and we are here to serve you.
We appreciate your support and thank you for your continued business.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.