Hundreds Of Layoffs Possible As Giant Food Closes Hanover Warehouse
HANOVER, MD - A grocery store delivery warehouse is closing next month in Anne Arundel County. Hundreds of workers could get laid off if they don't transfer within the company.
Giant Delivers, the home delivery service of Giant Food, plans to close its Hanover warehouse on Oct. 21.
Giant told the Maryland Department of Labor that 362 positions will be eliminated.
The number of layoffs may fluctuate if people transfer to other jobs within the business, a Giant spokesperson told The Capital, noting that the chain is restructuring its delivery strategy.
Workers will now pull online orders from the store shelves and package them for a third-party service to deliver, The Capital reported. The newspaper said that's why Giant's Hanover and Milford, Delaware warehouses are closing, though the Manassas, Virginia warehouse will stay open and continue delivering directly.
"We are pleased to announce updates to our home delivery service to meet the changing needs of our customers for faster delivery, more delivery time slots and a broader assortment," Giant spokesperson Jonathan Arons told The Capital. "We will consolidate our Giant Delivers business out of our newly opened Manassas, Virginia, ecommerce fulfillment center and launch a localized pick-from-store model using our Giant associates as well as continue to partner with third-party providers to provide faster delivery for our customers."
The Hanover warehouse was located at 1020A Airport 100 Way.
Giant has 94 stores in Maryland.
To learn more about Giant's new delivery plan, read The Capital's full story. This article is only available to subscribers, however.
Anybody with an Anne Arundel County Public Library card can read the story by clicking here and searching "Giant Food Laying Off Workers".
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