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Kroger Closes Commercial Bakery in Ohio, Cuts 411 Jobs

February 11, 2019
The Kroger Company's bakery in Columbus, OH. Image courtesy of Google Maps
The Kroger Company's bakery in Columbus, OH. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Supermarket chain operator The Kroger Company abruptly closed its commercial bakery in Columbus, OH this week, impacting some 400 workers at the site, local news organizations reported. 

“After evaluation of the equipment and layout of the plant, it became clear that the outdated layout and age of the equipment were no longer sustainable for us to remain competitive,” the company said in a statement printed by television news station WBNS. “Production at the plant will cease immediately and the process of decommissioning its operations is expected to take 60-90 days.”

411 workers at the site were laid off, but will receive pay for another 60 days. The company urged impacted workers to consider positions at other Kroger manufacturing sites and said it will provide career building workshops. No other Kroger facilities are slated for closure. 

“We are in a highly competitive business environment that is driving our company to ensure all areas of our business are meeting their full potential. As a company, we must be able to adapt to the ever-changing retail environment and meet the needs of our customers,” the company’s statement said.

The 190,000-sq-ft plant on Cleveland Ave. opened in May 1928, according to coverage by The Columbus Dispatch

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