Distributor Cuts Staff in Florida

MIAMI — Grocery distributor H.T. Hackney Co. said it may lay off 40 workers at a distribution center after losing a grocery-distribution contract for Walgreen Co., according to reports.

MIAMI — Grocery distributor H.T. Hackney Co. said it may lay off 40 workers at a distribution center here after losing a grocery-distribution contract for Walgreen Co., according to reports.

The distributor, which also supplies The Fresh Market [2], also recently said it was cutting staff at its Orlando, Fla., warehouse, the South Florida Business Journal reported. Neither Walgreen Co. nor H.T. Hackney, which is based in Knoxville, Tenn., could be reached for comment.

The Business Journal said a notice filed with the state indicated that it would stop distributing to Walgreen stores on Aug. 18, with the layoffs to follow.