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Shaw’s Supermarkets plans to reduce its store-level workforce by an estimated 700 positions across 169 Shaw’s and Star Market stores in New England by Nov. 3.
“A decision of this nature is never easy, but after careful evaluation, it is unfortunately the necessary step for us to take to help improve our business, reduce expenses and reinvest in more customer-facing initiatives,” said Mike Stigers, Shaw’s president. “As we continue to look at the best ways to achieve success, we recognized an opportunity to align our workforce to more effectively serve the marketplace by scheduling team members more appropriately to serve customers at the times they shop. These changes will help us to compete more effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace.”
About 90 associates impacted by the layoffs have already been informed of their status and the remaining will be informed during the next several days.
“Shaw’s is committed to providing our customers in every neighborhood we serve with a superior grocery shopping experience enhanced by local expertise, national strength and a passion for our team members,” Stigers said. “Today’s announcement will not affect this commitment in any way.”
Supervalu is reportedly being courted by potential buyers for the company, most likely in parts, and has already announced store closures and other cutbacks. The financially struggling grocer operates several retail banners across the country as well as a wholesale distribution business servicing independent grocery stores.