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In New Jersey, The Record reports on a new, 49,000 square foot Midland Park A&P store that it describes as perhaps the last, best hope for the company to survive and return to profitability.

“It's part of a two-prong program imported from the chain's former Canadian operations, converting all of its existing stores into either a Fresh Markets supermarket, built around extensive prepared, natural and organic foods and personalized service, or a no-frills, low-priced Food Basics store,” the paper writes.

The store is the first of eight that A&P will open in the New York metropolitan area using the essential format, though the company says it will “massage” the concept based on local demographics.
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