MONTVALE, NJ – The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, better known as A&P,  notified its nearly 3,800 New Jersey employees of a November 26th layoff. The layoff notice was made to comply with the State-mandated, 60-day notification period, and happens to fall on Thanksgiving Day. The supermarket chain filed for bankruptcy protection in July.

On its website, A&P says: "The vast majority of stores are operating normally and will be fully stocked. While some stores will close in the near-term, the vast majority will continue providing customers with the same high-quality products and exceptional customer service. Serving our customers will continue to be our #1 priority."

The Morristown A&P closed its doors in 2013, leaving customers to shop at nearby Randolph, Denville and Booton stores.  The announcement does not mean all of the employees will be terminated. In July, as part of A&P’s bankruptcy proceedings, it was announced a number of A&P stores would be sold.

A&P was founded in 1859 as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and became America's first grocery chain. By 1930, the company was the world's largest retailer, reaching $1 billion in sales. A&P adopted the self-serve supermarket concept in 1936 and opened 4,000 stores by 1950, according to Marc Levinson's 2011 book, The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America. At one time, A&P operated 16,000 locations.