I don't see Kroger taking over the A & P. You pointed out the reason, Yucaipa has not made any improvements other than the union contract givebacks making all those stores that are losing...
you called that one wrong :)
Sadly, the pathmark a&p is dying a death of a thousand cuts. No one entity will buy them. They will be broken up into pieces. I feel sorry for the workers, it really wasn't their fault.
Sad to say but they will most likely be sold off in the coming year- mid 2016 at the latest.
If your company becomes insovent will you still get your pension?