AVENEL, N.J. — A judge in A&P's bankruptcy case has ordered its former trucking contractor to vacate a distribution center here that it had been leasing from A&P for $1 a year.
A&P had been seeking to reject the lease so it could sell or lease the property. Grocery Haulers, which provided trucking for A&P before A&P rejected their contract earlier this year, had argued that it was entitled to remain through the term of the lease. In a court order last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain ordered Grocery Haulers to vacate the premises “as promptly as practicable.”
Grocery Haulers could not be reached for comment.
Separately, Montvale, N.J.-based A&P reported a loss of $34.4 million on sales of $528 million for the four weeks through Aug. 13, according to a monthly operating report filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
The results indicated a sequential slowdown from the previous four weeks, when the company reported a $15.6 million loss from continuing operations on $558 million in sales.