A&P, also known as “The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company” – Bans all firearms (and other weapons) in all stores for everybody. This is the most comprehensive and complete “zero tolerance” weapons ban we have seen yet. They do not even describe an exception for law enforcement.
Here is what their corporate office wrote in response to our inquiry:
A&P Policy Statement:
“POLICY ON WORKPLACE THREATS AND VIOLENCE
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (“A&P”) and its family of companies (collectively “the Company”) has a zero tolerance for threats, threatening behavior, or acts of violence against employees, visitors, guests, or other individuals by anyone on Company premises.
No weapons of any type, including without limitation, hand guns and rifles, knives (unless such a knife is a regular tool on the job), crossbows, bow and arrows, air-pistols, air-rifles, darts, explosives, toxic agents or any other destructive devices designed to inflict injury or cause physical damage (e.g., brass-knuckles, nun-chaku, etc.) are allowed on company premises; this includes Company vehicles and parking areas owned or operated by the company.
Any person who makes substantial threats, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent acts on Company property shall be removed from the premises as quickly as safety permits, and shall remain off Company premises pending the outcome of an investigation. Should an investigation substantiate that violations of this policy have occurred, the Company will initiate a decisive and appropriate response.”
Second Amendment Check follow-up:
“Thanks for sharing that Jennifer, but I am confused. Is this only applicable to employees? Or is this policy also intended to prohibit customers from carrying their firearms in your stores? (Even if it is within the law to do so.)
A&P Response to follow-up:
“Please know that our Policy prohibits anyone (employees and customers) from carrying firearms within any of our stores.”
Their current family of companies includes (from Wikipedia):
- A&P Food Market (A&P Fresh and Super A&P)
- A&P Super Foodmart (New England division)
- Food Basics USA
- The Food Emporium
- Pathmark (Super Center and Sav-A-Center)
- Super Fresh
- A&P Warehouse Liquors
- Best Cellars
We urge you to BOYCOTT them all. Of course, we suggest you politely let them know WHY you will be boycotting them as well.
A&P Corporate Customer Service: