Skip to comments.NH scrambles to assist more than 1K supermarket workers after Stop & Shop, Shaws close 6 stores ea
Posted on 08/07/2013 3:48:33 PM PDT by matt04
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has directed the state's Rapid Response Team to provide assistance to over 1,1100 workers losing their jobs with the closing of six Stop & Shop supermarket stores and six Shaw's stores last week.
The team, led by the Department of Resources and Economic Development, coordinates with companies and will hold in-person sessions to connect affected workers with services and job opportunities.
"New Hampshire is an all-hands-on-deck state, we pull together and pitch in to help those in need, and I will work to ensure that state government does its part," Hassan said in a statement Tuesday.
Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop Supermarket LLC said Tuesday its six stores and three gas stations in New Hampshire will close by Sept. 21. It said they have not achieved performance goals. The closings in Bedford, Hudson, Exeter, Milford, and Manchester will affect about 670 employees.
Last week, Shaw's said it would close six of its 34 New Hampshire stores over the next month, affecting 450 employees.
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Full title: New Hampshire scrambles to assist more than 1,000 supermarket workers after Stop & Shop, Shaws close 6 stores each
Hmmm, actually owned by Ahold, a Dutch company.
Here in my area in NJ they want bilingual cashiers; I understand the logic, but couldn’t give a hoot if they lose their jobs. Our Pathmark closed years ago (and still sits vacant); they still had American workers.
I know there is wisdom there but I just can’t quite get at it... union shop closed down... non union shop open and employees getting paid... yeah there is something there! ;-)
Some how I see a “Bush’s Fault” spin coming.
Have to say the first Stop & Shop I ever visited was in NH. Loved the store. They were also good about hiring those that are as we say today, “challenged”. Too bad that unions are killing off another business.
Thousand Eleven Hundred. New math I guess. Like “a dollar two eighty five”.
Royal Ahold, believe it or not. They own a chain of supermarkets in Western New York (Tops). The employees use a subtle change in their name when referring to them. Can you guess what THAT might be?
Demoulas Market Basket. Proudly non union.
I'll spell it out for you. One thousand, eleven hundred. Duh.
Are you saying (awkwardly) that “American” workers are not bilingual?
I mentioned today to my sister that the employees of Market Basket (and I've been to several) seem so much more cheerful than workers at Stop & Shop (also been to several of these). She told me that Market Basket employees (in addition to being non-union) get profit-sharing! No wonder Stop & Shop employees seem relatively glum -- no profit-sharing and getting soaked for union dues! ;-)
They used to own Bi Lo and Bruno’s.
maybe aldi can move in and compete with the dutch stores....
So how is that recovery summer number 5 working out for ya ?
I want WEGMAN’S!
Shawls isn’t unionized.
There is a chain called Market Basket that has opened at least 3 new stores in the past 1.5 years around Manchester. They are priced lower than everyone else. They’re always packed with people. I think this is a major factor.
Maybe not all? I recall something about union negations at stores in RI a while back.
“Are you saying (awkwardly) that American workers are not bilingual?”
I haven’t met any over 30 that are; some of the younger ones are more familiar with Spanish, but it is very difficult to speak fluently enough for a job. A lot of Hispanics think I speak Spanish well; I thank them and point out that I wouldn’t be mistaken for a native.
DRED deploys emergency welfare workers!
Its not my job to speak their language, I am not the one moving to their country
“Its not my job to speak their language, I am not the one moving to their country”
I understand that sentiment, but money talks: if the clients of a bank/supermarket/realtor are Spanish speakers, then those companies have no use for people limited to speaking English (especially when so many bilingual workers are imported here annually). My biggest objection is that if this is how it is, then our schools have to teach American children Spanish (or whatever other languages will help them get a job in this country).
That had taking up the slack from their fellow “workers” day in and day out. Hard to be cheerful doing the job of two or more people, not getting paid for it, and having the “managers” hand tied by the union so they cant’t fire the dead weight.
What % of people in rural NH speak only spanish?
“What % of people in rural NH speak only spanish?”
I have no idea, but a LOT of people in rural NJ do (they work on the farms; we see them when we take the kids to get pumpkins for Halloween). In my area (northern NJ), lack of Spanish/Portuguese makes it almost impossible to get a job that deals with customer service.
My experience here in NW Arkansas has been that the Mexican immigrants really have no incentive to learn English. The people who wish to do business with them hire Spanish speaking employees and cater to them.
Salvadorans, on the other hand, tend to assimilate very rapidly. They learn English, teach their kids English, become eager participants in the American way of life. They know they will never go back to El Salvador. A majority of Mexicans, however, intend to make lots of money and return to Mexico.
Lack of English should make it 100% impossible
She's an idiot...probably a beneficiary of the fraud that got Zero elected...
we has a Shaws, Market Basket and a Hannafords all within a few blocks and by far Shaws had the highest prices.
Same as Aldi’s and Trader Joes. The stores must have been unionized
That’s eleventy hundred.
A lot of the Latinos here in are illiterate in Spanish; the educated ones learn English and assimilate while the others never will. They can live here as though they were south of the border, with television, radio, co-workers and neighbors all speaking Spanish.
I don’t think any of them (regardless of country of origin) intend to go back; they spend too much money on beer to be sending much home. All have the latest electronic gadgets, clothes that cost more than many Americans’; they won’t give that up.
Not that I’m aware of, no.
0% of the people in rural NH speak Spanish.
” Loved the store. They were also good about hiring those that are as we say today, challenged.
Say what you want about Wal-Mart, but they try to do this also, giving “challenged” people a break...there was a cashier at one around here on the 20 items or less lane; he was a little slower and it ticked me off that customers would try to avoid him, and wouldn’t help him push stuff towards the scanner...like a valuable minute or two out of their busy goobery lives would be too costly to help the guy out. Unfortunately, I think his health declined further and I haven’t seen him in a while.
They were among the first to give attention to handicapped customers. This was good business. I hated shopping in crowds so it wasn’t unusual for me to shop at 11 or midnight several years ago. Surprise! MOST of the people in the place were handicapped and on carts (and not the 400 pound people you see during the day). The handicapped parking was full and the rest of the lot pretty empty. They don’t like crowds, either, for practical reasons!
I would almost get run over in the aisles.
You mean they want cashiers who can speak English too? Wow I thought only Starbucks hired fluent English speakers anymore.
Shaws prices are sky-high, It was just a matter of time before they started closing stores. Stop & Shop was never big in NH. Market Basket & SuperWalmart are taking over northern New England. Hannaford is ok, but they are startng to price like Shaw’s these days.
Market Basket department managers can get HUGE profit sharing.
The Big check comes around Christmas.
They are extremely happy.
I shop Market Basket whenever I know I’ll be near one - great prices.
They want people fluent (enough) in both.
Its not my job to speak their language, I am not the one moving to their country””””
Here in Queens, NY our Pathmark also closed last year and the huge property is still vacant.
In southern nh there are many Hispanic areas. The bottom half of NH is just a Boston/Portsmouth/Manchester suburb.
Way up north in the rural areas you have the standard couple of stores in every couple of towns.
“What percentage of people in rural NH speak only Spanish?”
Zero. NH is 94.6% white, north of Concord it’s virtually 100%.
Funny thing, recently read that Market Basket also has the highest margins in their business too. Nice to hear that.
My biggest objection is that if this is how it is, then our schools have to teach American children Spanish (or whatever other languages will help them get a job in this country).
I graduated HS in 1960. Every student was required to have two years of a foreign language or they could not graduate. I took Spanish in 9th and 10th grades, as the other languages then offered were Latin and French.
I can still understand much of the Spanish language and figure out what it means when written, but when listening to a Mexican speaking very fast I often don’t understand what he/she has said.
Lack of English should make it 100% impossible
That reminded me of the owner of a well known cheese steak sandwich place in Philly (?). Geno’s posted signs that stated all orders had to be in English! ....He caught some grief for that from some groups, but stuck to his rule and was given cable news coverage (which didn’t hurt his business).
Knowing a second language is great, but if you don’t know English, you should be out of luck