Union Boss Sees Big Losses at Farmer Jack

Roger Robinson, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 876, told SN last week that he doesn’t expect more than 20 or 21 of the 66 Farmer Jack supermarkets to remain unionized after A&P completes its divestment of the chain.

DETROIT -- Roger Robinson, president of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 876 here, told SN last week that he doesn’t expect more than 20 or 21 of the 66 Farmer Jack supermarkets to remain unionized after A&P completes its divestment of the chain. Local reports last week said Kroger was planning to buy up to 25 Farmer Jack locations, but Robinson said the actual number Kroger is interested in might be more like 20. The remaining Farmer Jacks are expected to be sold to independents or shuttered. “The costs of the leases on those stores are just too high,” he said. The reports last week said a deal could be announced as soon as this week.

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