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A grocery landscape evolves

Newlyweds Taylor and Anthony Aloi of Nanuet shop at the Fairway Market there. Photo by Peter Carr/lohud.

A&P’s bankruptcy resulted in tectonic shifts in the supermarket industry

The supermarket industry is already being drawn and quartered, and when A&P went defunct earlier this year competitors bickered and bargained over the properties left behind by one of the nation’s oldest supermarket chains.

Fueled in part by the sale, at unheard-of low rents, of some of the nation’s most sought-after A&P stores, the grocery landscape in the Lower Hudson Valley looks different only a few months later.

“The supermarket scene has never been so turned over,” said Martin Deitch, a White Plains-based commercial real estate broker who has been in the business for nearly 40 years. “You have the biggest turnover in retailers that I’ve ever seen.”

The local transformation comes just as the grocery industry nationwide is in the midst of a seismic shift in how people shop, what they buy, who competes for the business and even the definition of a supermarket.

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A Special Report

Meet the team

Tania Savayan, Peter D. Kramer and Hoa Nguyen in front of Whole Foods in Port Chester. Photo by Mark Vergari/lohud

Hoa Nguyen has reported on A&P’s bankruptcy starting from when company lawyers opened their case in White Plains on July 19, 2015. A 15-year news veteran, Nguyen has covered businesses, breaking news, crime, schools and government in three states.

She has been part of lohud/The Journal News’ data journalism and reporting staff for nearly five years. Grocery shopping is one of her pastimes.

In more than 75 interviews over the past two months, Peter D. Kramer has learned a bit about supermarkets: how they’re designed, and, most important, the key role they play in their customers’ lives.

A 27-year Journal News staffer, his first grocery experience was the Waldbaum’s on Route 303 in Tappan. Now, he’s a Jersey father of four who loves the freedom and speed of technology that lets him scan his entire order as he shop. He keeps his reusable shopping bags in his car, just in case his wife calls and there’s a stop to make on the way home from work.

Tania Savayan has been a visual journalist for lohud/The Journal News since 2007. Since A&P filed for bankruptcy, she has interviewed 100 shoppers, about half of which are featured in the many videos she produced for this project. Talking to people and chronicling their grocery habits were among the reasons she enjoyed this project. Plus, it gave her an excuse to go shopping.

About this project


Reporters Hoa Nguyen, Peter D. Kramer
Photographers Tania Savayan, John Meore, Peter Carr,
Mark Vergari, Ricky Flores
Graphics Chris Brown
Producer Chris Vaughan
Print Designers Juan Lopez and David Anesta
Developer Kai Teoh
Visuals Editor Carrie Yale
Project Editor Jordan Fenster

The Journal News Media Group

Consumer Experience Director Ed Forbes
News Director Mary Dolan
Content Strategist Liz Johnson
Executive Editor and Vice President/News Traci Bauer
Publisher George Troyano