Shaw's and Star Market are planning to make some cuts to their workforce in New England, estimated at as many as 700, according to sources.
Steve Sylven, a company spokesman, confirmed that local stores will be impacted. The company is not disclosing store specific job cuts, said Sylven.
“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.”
“Approximately 90 associates impacted by the layoffs have already been informed of their status and the remaining will be informed during the next several days.”
“This announcement does not impact Shaw’s overall commitment to the communities it serves. The company remains focused on driving sales through a solid plan of lowering prices, investing in the customer experience, and implementing programs designed to attract new customers to the stores.”
Stigers concluded, “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. Today’s announcement will not affect this commitment in any way.”
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