Acme Supermarkets Set To Lay Off 900 Workers In Philadelphia Region

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Acme Markets is laying off 900 of its 14,000 employees in our region.

The 900 workers, all part-timers, are being laid off at the supermarket chain’s 117 stores in the area.

Acme president Dan Sanders says it’s a sad day.

“This decision, while regrettable because we know it impacts our associates, was necessary given the decline in sales volume that we’ve experienced over the last four years,” he told KYW Newsradio Thursday.

The move comes after the January decision to close five underperforming Acme stores in Pennsylvania and South Jersey (see previous story).

SThe chain’s parent company, Supervalu, is saddled with billions in debt. But Sanders says despite declining sales, Acme remains profitable.

Sanders says Acme will work with its unions to help employees with retraining or transfers where possible.

The layoffs take effect May 7th.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • see ya

    ACME has themselves to blame. All the other stores have better layouts, fresher and broader selections, decent prices, and more help. this is old time union with old time management. goodbye and goodluck.

    • darksideofmoon

      does that mean that full timers will be busted down to part time ??????

  • Carol

    Shoprite is union and have low prices. lets face it in another 5 to 10 years the only jobs will be part time at Walmart, try and raise a family on that! say good bye to the middle class Acme should have competed with the other stores. very sad.

  • Odie1022

    THE most expensive supermarked in or around the Drexel Hill area. I’d rather drive to one of the two (soon to be three) Giant Supermarkets to do my shopping.

  • jenny

    I wish every single Acme were a Trader Joe’s!

  • kelprod

    Too much influence from headquarters in MN, grossly high retail prices and a union work force are the reasons Acme is diving. No surprise that the grocers who are thriving are non union and those that are going away slowly are the union shops. Everybody can see this, except for the unions.

  • Bill Lott

    Maybe if they took the expired food off the shelves they’d stop losing customers.

  • Rick russel

    You union members better wake up before you are all gone. Keep electing the Young family as your voice and you are done. He only wants your union dues he could care less about you your family or your problems good Luke to all that have lost their jobs I am sure Giant could use your talents and no union dues

  • Pennsy

    Acme is years behind the times. Stores are poorly lit and laid out. Go to Wegmans , Whole Foods, Giant & you see the difference

  • John Nicolson

    Hey Wendell time to cut your bloated staff of union folks.
    Maybe take a pay cut and help your members out?
    NO it’s all about Wendell all the time…
    State Stores are next!

  • Rikkko

    Supervalu closed Laneco stores here in Lehigh Valley Area 10 years ago. Bad management indeed.

    Though ACME was one of the last Union Groceries?

  • Jen

    Prices don’t help, they are one of the MOST expensive food stores around which is why they are still profitable, but why pay$5 for a box or cereal there when you can get the same cereal only in a bigger box cheaper elsewhere? Same with everything on the shelves, and yes I agree sale to Albertsons was a huge mistake but Supervalu sale was even worse! I give it maybe 5 years before acme goes under all together, and that is hopeful.

  • cindy

    I NEVER shop at Acme! The stores are laid out poorly and I always come out frustrated and white knuckled…

  • Ted

    Acme should never have sold to Albertson’s. Bad management at Supervalu is also to blame. Genaurdi’s is even worse. I hope they all changeover to Wegmans or Whole Foods

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