Price Chopper cuts 80 jobs; Berkshire sites OK
PITTSFIELD -- The Price Chopper supermarket chain is eliminating 80 positions, but none are in Berkshire County, a company official said on Thursday.
"All of the positions were administrative," said Price Chopper spokeswoman Mona Golub.
This is the first time in the 81-year history of the Schenectady, N.Y.-based Golub Corporation that Price Chopper has laid off members of its administrative staff, according to the Albany (N.Y.) Business Review.
Price Chopper, the largest grocery chain in New York's Capital Region, operates Berkshire County stores in Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, North Adams and Pittsfield.
No further layoffs are planned, Golub said.
Of the 80 positions cut, 46 of them are "open" positions eliminated by attrition over the last six months.
The 34 other positions were held by administrators who were let go on Wednesday. Price Chopper has also created 10 new positions that have yet to be filled, according to the Albany Business Review.
The staff reductions were spread across several departments, including the company's headquarters in Schenectady and a distribution warehouse in Rotterdam, N.Y, according to the Business Review.
Price Chopper said the workforce restructuring is one of many steps it has taken to decrease administrative expense and maximize the company's ability to remain successful.
The company has increased its focus on cost-containment over the last 10 years due to rises in health care, fuel and other costs of doing business.
"This was a difficult, but necessary, decision for us to make as we move forward in today's challenging economy," said Price Chopper President and CEO Jerry Golub in a statement.
"Continuing to focus our efforts on efficiency and innovation will help us to enhance our customers' shopping experience while providing them with tangible value," he said.