Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Downward Spiral of a Another Local Institution

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Giant to lay off 500 workers




I hate mergers . . . they always ruin the local businesses that they are supposedly saving. Giant Food, a local supermarket chain, was bought by Royal Ahold a few years ago (owners of Stop and Shop, among other things) who then went about ruining a lot of the things that made Giant such a force in the local marketplace to begin with. The closed the bakeries, changed the inventory system, and made the current, longstanding employees very unhappy. This is going to be another nail in the coffin for the chain, I fear, and I am sure poor old Izzy Cohen is spinning in his grave to what has happened to his stores.


The day they stop sponsoring “It’s Academic” (http://www.nbc4.com/itsacademic/index.html) is the day I never darken their door again!




Anonymous said...

oh my God, they are laying off 500 Giant workers? That is sad. I don't frequent Giant that often myself (I'm more of a Shopper's gal), but that was because Giant has always been high end (read expensive) grocery store to me and part of that was because the employees were so good unlike your cheaper groceries. Yeah, the Giant bakeries were fun, I love those big smiley face cookies, wonder if they still carry those...?
- Virigina Gal

Random Kath said...

Virginia Gal:

The bakery folks have always been just the nicest, along with the deli folks and the cashiers . . . it has been so sad for them, it was a family owned company for so long and now they are thrown into a situation where decisions seem to be made without any input from folks who actually know the local market.

Thanks for stopping by! :-)