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The New York Times had a piece over the weekend about the A&P store on Riverdale Avenue in the Bronx, noting that it "is the last in New York City, where the once-mighty chain was born just before the Civil War. Now the company has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in five years. Once its plan for liquidating is approved, the store’s A.&P. signs will come down. And the A.&P. name will vanish from New York."

Linda Fisch, a longtime A&P customer, tells the Times that "it does look like the last A.&P. in New York City ... It’s not that it’s dirty, it’s that it looks tired. And when we have Fairway and Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s and all these upscale markets with food that’s flown in from all over the world, and even Target - it’s very clean and orderly and well-managed - the competition is fierce."

And then, Fisch delivers the knock-down punch: "It’s like it’s been going out of business for a long time."
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