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Westmont Superfresh to Close in January 2013

The A&P chain plans to close stores in Westmont, Marlton and Plainsboro.

Superfresh market on Cuthbert Boulevard will close in January, a store corporate official said Wednesday.

"As part of an ongoing review of our store footprint, A&P will close three underperforming Superfresh stores in Westmont, NJ, Marlton and Plainsboro, on Jan. 11, 2013," Marcy Connor, a corporate spokeswoman, said in a statement.

"We notified our union partners on Nov. 9 and began notifying associates on Nov. 12. While this is a very difficult circumstance for our associates, customers, partners and the local communities, we remain focused on providing great value and service to our customers that shop in these stores."

The news came as a shock to many, including employees and loyal shoppers.

"I think it's terrible," said Jean Leusner, 79, a retired legal secretary from Audubon as she loaded groceries into her car outside the market Wednesday evening. "I'm heartbroken. The clerks here are nice people. They're like family to me."

Ted Callinan, 38, a teacher at Timber Creek High School in Gloucester Township and a Haddon Township resident, was surprised when he heard the store was closing.

"My kids are in a daycare center in this plaza," he said, clutching a jar of jelly he had just bought. "That's why I come here, it's convenient. I can get in and out."

Superfresh anchors the Westmont Plaza shopping center at Cuthbert and MacArthur boulevards. The closure would leave two supermarkets in Haddon Township: Acme on Cuthbert Boulevard and Thriftway on Crystal Lake Avenue.

BarbC November 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I love Westmont Plaza! It's vital to have a good food anchor store there. Any of the above stores mentioned would work. I will miss Super Fresh--good meats.
Steve Ravitz November 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
ShopRite is very much cheaper with better quality product. P.S. recently SuperFresh employees have noticed their main supplier, C&S Wholesale, shipping bad produce and bad refer product to all A&P banners. Enough said, they"re TOAST!!!
Ron Ravitz November 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
ShopRite is very much cheaper with better quality product. P.S. recently SuperFresh employees have noticed their main supplier, C&S Wholesale, shipping bad produce and bad refer product to all A&P banners. Enough said, they"re TOAST!!!
Peeches November 17, 2012 at 10:35 PM
SuperFresh grapes have been having fruit flies in their bags for quite awhile. I won't buy those and told the Courtesy Desk.
Loretka November 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Steve Ravitz and Ron Ravitz: What is "bad REFER product" ? What is "refer" ?
Loretka November 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Ron and Steve Ravitz ----- You both have the exact same comment. I think that Ravitz is the family that owns Shop Rite. So are you related??? Maybe a little prejudice toward ShopRite? In any event, I agree that ShopRite has better quality products, more variety and selection, and much more reasonable prices. So maybe they should think about locating a store in the Westmont Shopping Plaza.
Soon-To-Be-FIRED SuperFresh worker November 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
BREAKING NEWS: A&P, last week, sold the lease to an A&P market in Morristown, North Jersey for $20 million to W H O L E F O O D S ! ! ! ! ! !
Douglas McVarish November 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Unfortunately, I fear that the bottom line for a lot of these chains is demographics. The average income in this area is skewed by the proximity to Camden. One reason why Whole Foods is in Marllton and Morristown and not in Westmont is that the average household income in their perceived market area is substantially higher.
Douglas McVarish November 18, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Someone is being guilty of mischief. Rick Cohen is CEO of C&S Wholesale.
BarbC November 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Agree.
Westmont Tom M November 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
A woman, who answered the phone at the office of the owner of the shopping center, just told us that Ollie's bargain store might be interested in taking over the SuperFresh building. Ollie's sells mostly liquidated and damaged general merchandise. It recently took over a SuperFresh in Bristol. We need a good food store, not another urban junk store!!!
bsdtktr November 21, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I'm still upset over this. Close-by choice is now reduced to crappy Theftway and dealing with battle axes at the Ackamee.
Matt December 08, 2012 at 07:58 PM
you mean Whole PAYCHECK...
Loretka December 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Bottom Dollar sucks! The selection is very, very sparse. Very little stock.
AM Smyth January 17, 2013 at 08:45 PM
those odd few of us that don't drive for one reason or another will miss the Superfresh store in westmont... there are no other supermarkets within walking distance and taking the bus limits the amount of groceries one can buy. =(
Wendell YoungV January 17, 2013 at 09:32 PM
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Loretka January 18, 2013 at 06:01 AM
To Wendell YoungV: What's your problem? What have you been drinking? Are you high on something? Here I am. I am not a fake. 801 Mkt fl3 etc. What the _ _ _ _ ?
Peeches January 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
What does this mean??? 801 Mkt fl3 etc
Loretka January 20, 2013 at 01:16 AM
"Loretka is a fake, 801 Mkt fl3 nice baby mp" is a comment posted by Wendell YoungV, on January 17th, directed at me. You need to ask him what it means. Sounds off the wall to me. I think he's a little flaky.
Wendy YoungV January 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Loretka, If more stores close and less members paydues, I might have to sell my mansion in avalon I paid $5million for. P.S. I am not a flake, I am bh obama's friend, you L I B E R A L
PP February 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Bottom Dollar or Whole Food would be best
Loretka February 10, 2013 at 07:29 AM
I've never been to a Whole Foods, so I can't comment on that. But my opinion is that Bottom Dollar is not a very good store and does not offer enough variety. I would most favor a Shop Rite --- good prices, great baked goods, quality and freshness, and a good variety of everything.
Loretka February 16, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I just read on Haddon Patch that Whole Foods will be opening a market in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in Cherry Hill --- scheduled to open in 2014. So I guess they won't be considering the Super Fresh site in Westmont. I still think Shop Rite would be a good store for the Westmont Plaza.
Crystal Lake Thriftway February 24, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Don't look now, but there is a very good chance that Westmont ACME will be closing soon, when new owner liquidates all Acme real estate to retrieve investment. The only food store remaining will be the lowly Thriftway, which is overpriced with inferior merchandise.
Eileen Smith (courier post) March 05, 2013 at 09:09 PM
BREAKING NEWS Acme will close all New Jersey markets after Easter, according to a well-placed source
Mayor Redd March 20, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Camden invites you people to shop with us in the new ShopRite on AW Blvd., before or after you visit my ethnic bro in Philly, the honorable Michael Nutter Butter.
Loretka March 21, 2013 at 10:58 PM
You're so funny.
Collingswoodnative March 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM
If not for the name I would dismiss your post as rubbish. Say hello to Lucky Lefty.
Peeches March 22, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Is that Redd comment for real. How did Mayor Redd get past our editor? That ShopRite will not be ready for a year..Somone is playing with us.
David Zallie March 25, 2013 at 04:59 PM
BREAKING NEWS ShopRite is opening on White Hose Pike in Lawnside (former Kmart store) Preference given to Lawnside resident with High School or equivalent

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