Oct 11, 2015 11:35 AM
Layoffs planned at C&S Wholesale Grocers, local impact in Keene unclear
KEENE - The "restructuring" of operations at C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. is expected to lead to layoffs at some of the company's 32 locations nationally, but it's unclear how the roughly 30 local workers at the company's headquarters will be affected.
According to the Keene Sentinel, C&S officials declined to specify which divisions of the company would be affected by the cuts or how many total employees would be laid off.
They also didn’t say if or how the changes would affect employees at the company’s Brattleboro, Vt. warehouse.
“As a family-owned company, we recognize the impact this restructuring will have on our employees and their families,” Chief Executive Officer Rick Cohen said in a news release. “Unfortunately, the reality of our industry is that we have to make changes, including the difficult decision to restructure some of our core functions and reduce our workforce, to ensure the competitive strength of C&S going forward.”
Company officials made the decision to restructure the business based on several factors, including the bankruptcy of the A&P supermarket chain and the sale of roughly 300 of its stores, along with “changes in consumer purchasing behaviors, and the channel shifting happening in the industry,” the news release said.
C&S, which was founded in 1918, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States. It supplies more than 150,000 different products to 6,000 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases and institutions.