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East Meadow Pathmark to close in May

The East Meadow Pathmark on Front Street will

The East Meadow Pathmark on Front Street will close its doors in May, according to its parent company, A&P. (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin, 2008)

The East Meadow Pathmark on Front Street will close its doors in May, according to its parent company, A&P.

The store is closing because of an upcoming expiration of the lease, said A&P spokeswoman Marcy Connor. The company filed a WARN notice -- required for mass layoffs and plant closings -- with the state Department of Labor noting that 118 employees will be affected.

It is unclear how many employees will be laid off as a result of the store closing, said Patrick Purcell, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, which represents many of the store’s workers. Depending on seniority, union employees can move to jobs at other stores, “bumping” others from those positions. A severance package will be offered to Local 1500 members, he said.

Since A&P emerged from bankruptcy last year, it has been reviewing leases as they expire to determine whether the costs “makes sense,” Purcell said. “Our hope is that they [A&P] will continue to make the necessary changes where more stores can become profitable and this will not happen often.”

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