Pathmark is one of the grocery store chains operating under the A&P company label. “A&P” began as The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in 1859, founded by George Huntington Hartford and George Gilman. Recognized as a source of fresh, quality food for local families, the first store was on the corner of Vesey and Church streets in New York City. Even with its impressive growth over the years, Pathmark, along with five separate store groups including Food Basics, Superfresh, The Food Emporium, Best Cellars, and Waldbaums, all under the A&P banner, still operate with a neighborhood focus.
Pathmark was founded as Supermarkets General Corporation in 1966 in Montvale, NJ and changed its name to Pathmark Stores, Inc. in 1993. The company became a subsidiary of A&P in 2007. Pathmark Sav-A-Centers are found in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The larger, expanded Pathmark Super Center stores stock a wider selection of food items, and most have in-store pharmacies and bank branches. A widely-recognized tradition in the Northeast, Pathmark works with local farmers, manufacturers and bakers to offer a personal touch to customers.
Today, Pathmark has over 110 stores with over 7,400 employees with A&P employing 34,000 company-wide. Although parent company A&P filed for bankruptcy Chapter 11 protection in 2010, the company emerged in 2012 as a private company and there is a plan for a comeback for the Pathmark group. Refocusing on localization by connecting merchandise selection to each neighborhood will hopefully help the company reconnect with its roots.
Pathmark gets high marks from its employees as a “friendly environment with supportive people.” The company’s core values reflect a strong focus on developing the careers of its associates.
- In 2009, Pathmark’s parent company, A&P celebrated its 150th Anniversary as the oldest grocery retailer in the United States.
- Pathmark’s “Make a Difference” program provides 1% of every purchase towards your choice of local school.
- In December 2013, a local food drive by a Pathmark store in Jersey City brought in $2,500 in food donations collected for Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
- In the past, Pathmark made up 40 percent of A&P’s annual sales.