GLASSBORO, N.J. - In an ideal world, A&P's Food Basics discount concept would prevent stores from going dark in the first place. But here, the birthplace of A&P's new-generation discount banner, Food Basics occupies a former A&P storefront that turned its lights out long ago. Officials of A&P, based in Montvale, N.J., are quick to mention that the Food Basics store here is still in the "tweaking stage," and so use caution when it comes to predicting how large the concept may ...

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