A & P Food Market

11/19/2007:

It was recently announced that A&P purchased a successful NYC wine company. I’ve never been a big fan of A&P’s beer selection (haven’t seen the wine choices). I wonder if this new acquisition will help improve their offerings at the Hoboken location?

A&P Buys Wine Retailer

On November 15th, 2007, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. announced it bought Best Cellars Inc., a New York City-based wine retailer. A&P says that as part of the transaction, Best Cellar co-founder Joshua Wesson will join the Montvale-based supermarket chain as senior director of beer, wine & spirits. The purchase price will be based upon the growth of A&P’s beer, wine and spirits business, and will be calculated and paid after four years.

A&P, which plans to buy the Carteret-based chain of Pathmark Stores Inc. for $1.3 billion in cash, stock and debt, currently operates 19 freestanding wine and liquor stores, and 12 in-store departments in New York, New Jersey Connecticut and other markets.

Founded in 1859, A&P operates 315 stores in six states and the District of Columbia under such brands as A&P, Waldbaum’s, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh and Food Basics.

Description – Supermarket
Services – Grocery, Liquor. Delivery
Website – www.apsupermarket.com
Address – 614 Clinton St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-2803
Telephone – (201) 795-1783

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14 Responses

  1. luca says:

    the cheapest place to buy beers and wine

  2. rag246 says:

    This is a convenient store but it’s poorly managed. If you shop here, check your prices at the checkout counter. 80% of the times I go there, I am overcharged for an item that was supposed to be on sale.

  3. HomeTeam says:

    I find it easier to walk over to the A&P near Target, which was just redone and creates a far better shopping experience. From my place it is actually a shorter walk.

  4. potatochip says:

    Just waiting for someone to complain that the trees get in the way of pushing their strollers down Washington when they are trying to walk in a stroller brigade.

    I have scored some amazing ‘featured’ bottles of wine here for under 5 bucks!! I am a little embarrassed buying them but they have had some winners.

    I was in Napa a few weeks ago and I think what these winery’s do is sell a massive amount to retailers and have them feature it for literally pennies to introduce it to the mass market and it totally works for me.

    So happy to hear about this acquisition. I’ll be buying plenty of bottles for Christmas presents at A&P this year. Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine?

    Also, not sure how many of you shop at Homegoods in Secaucus but I found the greatest wine cases there over the weekend for 8 bucks each. It’s a wooden box that holds the bottle and comes with 5 different bottle opening gadgets. Very nice presentation for an inexpensive yet good bottle. 😉

  5. leigh859 says:

    The wine selection is not much to look at right now. Mostly wine produced in large volumes, not well chosen. Maybe some reviews from wine magazines tacked here and there. Prices are just OK.

    Best Cellars on the other hand, has a totaly different formula. It keeps bottles from maybe only 40 really well-chosen labels in stock and keeps all their prices under a strict price cap (like $20). They have a color-code system to match your taste and food pairing. It’s friendly to people who may not know about wine.

    It’ a good fit. You know, I wouldn’t expect A&P to offer the really high-end wine snob stuff, but they could do better with the resources they have.

  6. Katie_Scarlett says:

    My favorite thing about wine is this: The majority of people I know who claim to be wine aficionados can’t tell the difference between a $10 bottle and a $30 (let alone $100), or a good grape year and a bad. But boy, are they willing to brag about what they bought and how good it was. It reminds me of 10 years ago when everyone knew everything about cigars, because, after all, it was ALL THE RAGE.

    It’s hilarious.

    Full disclosure- most of the time I can tell a $10 bottle from $30, but not always. And I’m not a wine connoisseur by any stretch. I don’t like cheap champagne but love sparkling wine and I enjoyed a macanudo as much as the next guy enjoyed a Cuban.

  7. potatochip says:

    [quote comment=”54421″]Just waiting for someone to complain that the trees get in the way of pushing their strollers down Washington when they are trying to walk in a stroller brigade.

    I have scored some amazing ‘featured’ bottles of wine here for under 5 bucks!! I am a little embarrassed buying them but they have had some winners.

    I was in Napa a few weeks ago and I think what these winery’s do is sell a massive amount to retailers and have them feature it for literally pennies to introduce it to the mass market and it totally works for me.

    So happy to hear about this acquisition. I’ll be buying plenty of bottles for Christmas presents at A&P this year. Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine?

    Also, not sure how many of you shop at Homegoods in Secaucus but I found the greatest wine cases there over the weekend for 8 bucks each. It’s a wooden box that holds the bottle and comes with 5 different bottle opening gadgets. Very nice presentation for an inexpensive yet good bottle. ;)[/quote]

    Note to the editor: My posts are getting all jumbled??

    The tree comment was supposed to be underneath the ‘Open Space’ thread.

  8. strand tramp says:

    MY favorite thing about wine is this: if you feed enough of it to Katie she does the funniest spins before she begins flinging off her clothes and cursing incoherently at you! yeah baby! spin!

  9. Katie_Scarlett says:

    [quote comment=”54549″]MY favorite thing about wine is this: if you feed enough of it to Katie she does the funniest spins before she begins flinging off her clothes and cursing incoherently at you! yeah baby! spin![/quote]
    Where DO you get your drugs? I’m jealous of your imagination.

  10. emarche says:

    [quote comment=”54497″]My favorite thing about wine is this: The majority of people I know who claim to be wine aficionados can’t tell the difference between a $10 bottle and a $30 (let alone $100)[/quote]

    True story: we have an associate (friend of a friend who has a nasty habit of inviting/including themself whenever/wherever possible) who loves to tell the world what an expert she is on wine. A couple of months ago we gave her a glass of some crappy $6 wine and marveled at how wonderful her imagination was…or how bizarre her palate must be:

    1. It was corked. Overbearingly corked. Hideously corked.
    2. She actually declared she could taste ‘fresh berries’. Of course, if she meant the brown berries left behind by bunnies and other small creatures of the forest, I’d agree…

    …but it was/is pretty clear she’s just a pretentious c%nt.

    Drink what you like, but keep it to yourself. Nobody gives a toss if you ‘detect hints’ of anything other than a corked bottle.

  11. boken-a says:

    Has anyone ever been checked out by the funny guy that works the night shift here. He is at least 45 and takes his job at the A & P more seriously then anyone ever should. I wouldn’t knock the guy for having pride in his job if he wasn’t such a fucking douchbag.

    The other night I asked him if they were still selling wine and he said ” State law: No beer, wine or liquor sold after ten.” in a very officious tone, like he was responsible for the drafting of it.
    I told him a simple no would have been fine.

    Then I saw him get snippy and impatient with a customer over a missing bonus card. What an asshole! How does this guy still have a job?

  12. homeworld says:

    [quote comment=”69738″] State law: No beer, wine or liquor sold after ten.” in a very officious tone, like he was responsible for the drafting of it.
    [/quote]

    I thought it was just nothing with an alcohol content over 7% could be sold after 10pm.

  13. boken-a says:

    I think it’s just an A & P law. Alvin’s ( oops, I mean Yash ) Liquors serves beer and wine until midnite. Auggie’s too, I think.

  14. Colin says:

    [quote comment=”69776″]I think it’s just an A & P law. Alvin’s ( oops, I mean Yash ) Liquors serves beer and wine until midnite. Auggie’s too, I think.[/quote]

    Then there is that shady place on willow by 1st or Newark.
    That jerk overcharges people until like 3 am

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