Hundreds to lose jobs when huge grocery delivery facility closes
A company based in Jersey City, known for providing grocery delivery services for the supermarket chain Stop & Shop, is set to shut down in March, leading to the layoff of over 400 employees. This development was disclosed through a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice filed with the state, which indicated that 454 employees at the Ahold eCommerce Sales Company facility on 255 Route 1&9 South would be affected.
Ahold eCommerce Sales, situated near the Skyway golf course, is a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize, a Dutch corporation that owns Stop & Shop as well as other grocery chains like Food Lion and Giant.
This closure follows a recent decision by Stop & Shop’s parent company to sell FreshDirect, a brand that was in direct competition with Stop & Shop’s own online grocery sales and delivery services in the tri-state area.
Officials from Stop & Shop have confirmed the closure of the facility, which is scheduled to coincide with the expiration of its lease in March. This announcement comes after a previous layoff in October, where Ahold had let go of 47 workers in Lakewood.
Following the closure of the Jersey City facility, Stop & Shop plans to handle e-commerce orders in-store and through collaborations with third-party delivery partners.