The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Inc (A&P) has successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a privately held company. The United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York confirmed the company’s plan of reorganization February 28, 2012.
As previously announced, Mount Kellett Capital Management LP, The Yucaipa Companies LLC, and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP have provided $490 million in debt and equity financing to sponsor A&P’s reorganization plan and complete its balance sheet restructuring. In addition, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse arranged a $645 million exit financing facility.
“In just over one year, we have completed a thorough restructuring of A&P’s cost structure and balance sheet to build a strong foundation for the company’s future,” said Sam Martin, A&P’s president and chief executive officer. “With the full support of our financial partners, the new A&P is committed to delivering exceptional value and an enhanced in-store experience to all of our customers across our more than 300 neighborhood food and drug stores.”
As part of the restructuring, A&P assembled a new management team with experienced executives. The firm also adjusted its store footprint around its core markets, negotiated a new supply and logistics agreement with its principal supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc, and worked with local unions representing A&P’s associates to modify collective bargaining agreements. A&P also refurbished stores, eliminated closed store leases, and opened a brand new Superfresh store in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.
A&P and its subsidiaries filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions December 12, 2010.
Founded in 1859, A&P is one of the nation’s first supermarket chains. It operates 320 stores in six states under these trade names: A&P, Best Cellars, Food Basics, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Superfresh, and Waldbaum’s.