EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 2, 2012

Shaw's announces plans to layoff 700 retail store employees

Wire and staff report
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Shaw's supermarkets today announced plans to reduce its store-level workforce by an estimated 700 positions.

These reductions, which will occur across 169 Shaw's and Star Market stores in New England, will be finalized by tomorrow, Nov. 3, according to a statement issued by the parent company, Supervalu Inc.

“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, president of Shaw's. “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 affected by the layoffs have already been informed of their status and the remaining 610 will be informed during the next several days. Locally, there are Shaw's stores in Salem, N.H., Windham, N.H., and a distribution facility in Methuen.

Shaw's, Osco and Star Market are part of the nationwide Supervalu Inc. family of grocery stores. Shaw's is one of the oldest continuously operated supermarkets in the United States with its roots dating to 1860. Throughout five New England states, there are 169 store locations employing approximately 17,000 associates.

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