COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Kroger has announced it has closed its Columbus bakery.
According to a statement released by Kroger, effective immediately the Columbus bakery, located in the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue, is closing in order to “…adapt to the ever-changing retail environment and meet the needs of our customers.”
The statement says that after an evaluation of the bakery, it was clear that the layout was outdated and the company was no longer able to stay competitive with the age of the equipment.
Kroger will continue to honor the terms outlined in the collective bargaining agreements, and will pay bakery associates for 60 days before providing severance based on an employee’s years of service.
“Additional services through Lee Hecht Harrison will be offered to eligible associates to participate in career building workshops, and all associates are encouraged to consider available positions in other Kroger facilities and business units. The company values the contributions of the Columbus Bakery associates, and this closure is no reflection on their effort,” the company released in the statement.
There are no plans to close other facilities in the Kroger network, according to the statement.
Robert Salyer, a former Columbus Bakery employee, said all of the employees were called to a meeting at the convention center Monday morning.
“They had a meeting downtown at the convention center today and we all went in there and five minutes after the meeting started, they said ‘we’re closing the place down and you’re all out of jobs,’” said Salyer.
“Wow I’m being let go of somewhere I put a lot of sweat and tears and hard work into,” said Boone Perry, another former Columbus Bakery employee. “There was no thank you for your time, there was no like I’m sorry guys that this is happening. It was just a business decision and we were the chopping block.”