Two Bridges Neighborhood Council Meets with Pathmark/A&P CEO
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Two Bridges Neighborhood Council is trying its darnedest to keep the thirty-year love affair with Pathmark/A&P alive. Community leadership, alongside consultants Urbane Development, met with CEO Sam Martin this past Monday to discuss future plans on the Lower East Side.
The Pathmark and its sister pharmacy on Cherry Street shuttered in December and October respectively, leaving nearby residents in the lurch. So, as previously reported, Two Bridges is scrambling to find an interim solution for the problem, while concurrently working on a long-run plan.
Meeting notes from the mail bag:
- The executive team at A&P shared its desire to work with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Lower East Side Community at-large, as they are sensitive to the void the departure of the Cherry Street Pathmark leaves in the Lower East Side/Two Bridges community, both from a food access and community facility perspective.
- As part of these efforts, A&P will assist Two Bridges in its Community Food Assessment Shopping Study, by providing historical pricing data on a select market basket of items that will act as a baseline for a neighborhood food price index. This index will be part of the forthcoming Two Bridges Grocery Guide, slated for publication by early Spring.
- Over the next several weeks, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council’s leadership will begin active follow up discussions to define the partnership with A&P, codifying and solidifying potential methods of engagement between the two organizations.
- In the interim, Two Bridges will continue its commitment to involve and report the progress of this work to elected officials and to the community at-large.
Victor Papa, President/Director of Two Bridges, further commented: “The most significant aspect of the meeting was the enthusiasm both organizations expressed for maintaining an open dialogue about A&P’s interest in playing a role in the Two Bridges community in the future. For that, they have the community’s full support.”
Meanwhile, it’s still widely believed that big boy mega-developer Extell Development Company is the behind the luxury replacement. The rumor is not confirmed.