A&P lays off 500 workers

Almost 500 grocery store workers were told yesterday their jobs were disappearing as A&P announced it was closing its Burlington warehouse and three of its Barn grocery stores in Hamilton.

The Toronto Star
January 11, 2002

A&P lays off 500 workers
Grocery giant shuts three stores
Cheryl Stepan

HAMILTON — Almost 500 grocery store workers were told yesterday their jobs were disappearing as A&P announced it was closing its Burlington warehouse and three of its Barn grocery stores in Hamilton.

The company is closing G. A. Love Foods, its Burlington wholesale distribution centre, shifting distribution to a central warehouse in Toronto.

Two of the Hamilton stores, which focus on high-quality produce, will close within the next three months, while another will become a Food Basics. An A&P spokesperson said the stores weren't getting results.

"We're very committed to The Barn," said Doug Brummer, senior vice-president of marketing for A&P. "Those stores just weren't performing."

The closure of the Hamilton stores leaves nine Barn locations and affects 480 employees. Brummer said there might be work for some, but most would have to reapply.

Fortinos, another grocery store giant, is in the midst of a $150 million transformation of its 11 area locations into megastores featuring everything from sushi bars to dry-cleaning services. But Brummer said closing the stores was not a reaction to the competition.

Hamilton Spectator


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