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U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp to Take Over A&P's Pension Plans

U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp to Take Over A&P's Pension Plans

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal-ran agency, has revealed it will be taking over the pension plans of more than 21,000 retirees and future retirees of the now shut down A&P retail chain.

“PBGC is stepping in because A&P has sold the majority of its assets in bankruptcy proceedings and most of the buyers declined to keep the plans going,” the agency announced in a statement. “The agency will pay all pension benefits earned by A&P retirees up to the legal maximum of $60,136 a year for a 65-year-old.”


The PBGC will be taking over the following plans:

  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. Plan, with 14,783 participants and a $109.4 million shortfall. PBGC will cover $105.6 million of that shortfall.
  • The Pathmark Stores Inc. Pension Plan. The PBGC will cover that the entire $182.3 million shortfall.
  • The Delaware County Dairies Inc. Hourly Employees Pension Plan, which owes participants $100,000 in benefits, which PBGC will cover.

Following A&P’s file for bankruptcy in July of last year and the sale of all of its locations, the company was able to raise more than $900 million to pay off loans and debt. However, as reported by news source, a shortfall of a combined $291 million has kept A&P from fulfilling its the pension benefits it has promised. 

While the PBGC will be taking over the three plans listed prior, the remaining New York-New Jersey Amalgamated Pension Plan for A&P Employees has not been terminated and will be administered by UFCW Local 464A in Little Falls, and Acme Markets Inc.

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