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A&P Closing in Bedminster in February

Basking Ridge store is 'definitely' staying open.

The A&P supermarket, a longtime tenant at its location off Route 206 in Bedminster, is due to close on Feb. 23, as the Somerset Hills Shopping Center makes plans for an update and possible expansion.

The store was covered on Friday with signs saying that merchandise within was being discounted by between 10 to 50 percent, with all sales final.

A&P 'definitely' remaining open in Basking Ridge

However, the larger, more modernized A&P supermarket at Dewy Meadow Village off King George Road in Basking Ridge is "definitely" remaining open, said Jules Leopold, manager at that store.

"We are not closing the store," Leopold said on Saturday. He said that the other A&P in Bedminster is closing because that supermarket's lease had expired.

Judy Sullivan, Bedminster Township administrator, said the A&P's lease expires around April 1.

"The new tenant may be The Fresh Market," Sullivan said on Friday. "The landlord has presented a plan to totally renovate the property and accommodate the new tenant. There may be other changes with current tenants."

The A&P in Bedminster was a mainstay from the days before the township built up into a more suburban community.

— Audrey Levine contributed to this story.

Tim Reilly January 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM
The filthiest and most unkept supermarket I had ever visited...what took so long?
Love the comments January 27, 2013 at 05:08 PM
What's the discount on spoiled milk?
Love the comments January 27, 2013 at 05:09 PM
They should have called it the NOT SO FRESH market
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) January 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Does anyone remember when this was the only supermarket in the area?
Caroline Carpenter January 27, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Yes, I was raised in Pluckemin and so was my mother. I also remember Buxton's and that the P-G Bank had a branch where DD is now. We all thought that A&P would step up its game when King's came in - sadly that wasn't true. Also, I've heard a rumor that Fresh Market isn't coming - apparently the soil is toxic from the old Martha's Cleaners and expansion isn't possible without remediation.
The Hills January 29, 2013 at 01:11 PM
The Fresh Market operates around 150 stores and has been around for 30 yrs. Great food and service. public company (TFM) with strong reputation.
nestingranch January 30, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I know The Fresh Market from visiting Longwood Gardens in PA and stopping by their Glenn Mills location. I'm really looking forward to them opening up - waaay more than rumors of Trader Joes going into the old DPW site!
Thomas Harrigan January 31, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I have always gone by this store going to the dunkin donuts and to go up down 202 to Bridgewater, I knew the store was open but because of the signs and blinds in the windows I always thought it looked like it had been out of business for a long time.. Now I guess they finally are for real!
Joe February 04, 2013 at 09:05 PM
It's a shame. You couldn't even go to the store for a gallon of milk. It had a bad smell to it. They were charging $5 for a gallon of milk. All they had to do was put a little effort into the store and it probably would have worked.
Mike February 04, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I feel for the staff that will now have to find other work in a dismal economy. In years past, many in the area worked there when they were in high school (back before the area got so affluent and kids actually worked; today, most area kids would sooner be seen driving daddy's two-year-old Audi than hold a job). A former employee told me most of the staff is crazy. Not sure if that was a requirement to work there or an effect of the job. Hell, maybe all the chemicals from the drycleaners affected their brains? It was the de facto convenience store in the area. While King's has an arguably better selection, their prices are 15-40% higher. At A&P, as long as you checked the expiration dates and grabbed the cold stuff from the back of the refrigerated sections, it was ok. I bought seafood there. Once. The owners/managers of this store should have been cited long ago. I don't think there is a Dept of Health in Bedminster. If the area is indeed contaminated, don't be surprised to see the whole corner become a wasteland. Or maybe a RiteAid (what's the difference?).
Dave February 05, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I used to work at the A&P, and ate at Buxtons regularly. Gonna miss the place. Wonder if they ever found the class ring that I lost.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Gosh, you are making me miss Buxtons, although I used to eat at one in Morris County.
Nancy Hatoff February 05, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I also noticed that the restaurant next is closed. Anyone know if they closed for good?
Bidonx February 05, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Get rid of that Dump! Put up a Trader Joes that sells the 2 buck chuck
Debbie February 05, 2013 at 06:53 PM
The restaurant is closed because of the contaminated water from the dry cleaners. Heard that the whole strip had contaminated water. We do need another supermarket in addition to the over priced Kings.
Caroline Carpenter February 05, 2013 at 07:06 PM
The reality is King's is not over-priced if you do an honest price comparison with other supermarkets in the Somerset Hills area. If you want cheaper, you'll have to drive to a less affluent area. Moreover King's was the only place in Bedminster Twp that gave a crap about the residents after Sandy. The local government certainly didn't.
NewToBaskingRidge February 05, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I second the vote for a Trader Joes, or, a Whole Foods.
Joe February 11, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Less affluent? That is a joke. Why does a gallon of milk cost $5 at Kings and $2.65 at Wegman's? Wegman's blows Kings away. Not all items at Wegman's are cheap, but your day to day items such as cleaning supplies, milk, bread and paper goods are priced much better. King's doesn't offer anything different. Same products at an increased cost. They do not pay more for the same products offered much cheaper else where.
Jennifer Davis February 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Is the store still scheduled to close on the 23rd? Just curious what the closing sales are like and if there is even any non-perishable food left.

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