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End of bankruptcy in sight for A&P

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — After more than a year since it first filed Chapter 11, A&P has won approval to exit bankruptcy. The company announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., has approved its reorganization plan, which includes $490 million in debt and equity financing from Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos.

A&P filed for bankruptcy in December 2010, after battling hefty debt and intense competition. At the time, the company secured $800 million in debtor-in-possessing financing to keep the 395-store chain open and operational during the proceedings. Since that time, the company has closed stores, reduced expenses and changed its merchandising and marketing strategy.

When the banrkuptcy was announced, A&P president and CEO Sam Martin Stated: "We have taken this difficult but necessary step to enable A&P to fully implement our comprehensive financial and operational restructuring. While we have made substantial progress on the operational and merchandising aspects of our turnaround plan, we concluded that we could not complete our turnaround without availing ourselves of Chapter 11. It will allow us to restructure our debt, reduce our structural costs and address our legacy issues."

It appears A&P is back on track.

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A&P wins bankruptcy plan approval

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., approved the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.’s plan to exit bankruptcy plan. The supermarket company filed Chapter 11 in December 2010.

The reorganization plan includes $490 million in debt and equity financing from Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos.

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REAL ESTATE

Topshop to make Los Angeles debut

BY Staff Writer

New York City — British fashion retailer Topshop will open its fourth store in the United States, in The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles.

The 25,000-sq.ft. store is expected to open in time for the 2012 holiday season, according to The Los Angeles Times.

To date, Topshop has opened in New York City and Chicago. It will open in Las Vegas, on March 8.

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