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Shaw’s Supermarkets last week informed its 25,000 employees that it would lay off 4 percent of its full-time retail workforce, according to a published report. The layoffs will take place throughout the West Bridgewater, Mass.-based chain’s 176 locations in New England.
“This is part of our effort to operate more efficiently and to compete in the global market more effectively,” Shaw’s spokeswoman Judy Chong told Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, N.H. Chong declined to differentiate between the number of full- and part-time workers at the grocer, a division of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, which hadn’t responded to a request from Supervalu for additional information on the layoffs at presstime.
Shaw’s is still on track to close, sell or transfer ownership of all of its Connecticut stores by the end of March. Wakefern Food Corp., the corporate arm of ShopRite stores, and Ahold USA’s Stop & Shop have bought 11 and five of the chain’s locations, respectively. No further store closures are anticipated in tandem with the layoffs, Chong told the newspaper, adding that the reduction in workforce is unrelated to the company’s plan to hire permanent workers to replace those striking since early March at its Methuen, Mass., warehouse.