As many as 472 workers could lose their jobs when A&P closes five Long Island supermarkets as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing announced this week.
The layoffs are scheduled to take place between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1, a state WARN notice posted Thursday states. The employees work at the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.'s Pathmark supermarkets in Baldwin and Centereach, and its Waldbaum's stores in Carle Place, Oceanside and Riverhead, all of which the company earlier this week said it plans to close.
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"I can't really speculate on something like that," A&P representative Meghan Gavigan said.
But A&P noted in its bankruptcy filing that union contracts require the company to conduct layoffs by seniority.
Officials of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union didn't respond to questions about the layoffs.
A&P plans to sell nine other Long Island Pathmark and Waldbaum's to Stop & Shop and two Waldbaum's here to Key Food.
The struggling food giant based in Montvale, New Jersey, operates nearly 300 stores in the Northeast, including A&P, Food Emporium, Super Fresh and Food Basics, as well as 33 Waldbaum's and 19 Pathmarks on Long Island.
A&P's bankruptcy filing, which allows the company to continue operating while it reorganizes its finances, comes three years after the chain-store operator emerged from Chapter 11 protection. Until the five stores close, they will remain fully stocked, the company said earlier this week.
Under the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, companies with at least 50 full-time employees must file a 90-day notice of a planned closing or mass layoff.
Potential layoffs by store
Number of employees affected by A&P's plan to shutter five Long Island stores.
Baldwin Pathmark: 128
Centereach Pathmark: 111
Riverhead Waldbaum's: 102
Oceanside Waldbaum's: 88
Carle Place Waldbaum's: 43
Source: State Department of Labor WARN notice