Slingerlands, NY

Supermarket Closure in NY Capital Region

Dicle Belul
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All five ShopRite stores in the New York Capital Region have permanently closed, contrary to the original plan of remaining open until December 9. The closure was due to a lack of available inventory. As a result, approximately 500 employees from the Colonie, Slingerlands, Albany, North Greenbush, and Niskayuna locations have lost their jobs. However, there may be a silver lining for these workers. A worker, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed that they will continue to receive paychecks until late January.

This unexpected extension of pay might be a result of a possible violation of a New York State law that requires businesses to provide a 90-day notice before closures or layoffs. The worker was quoted as saying, "They violated that WARN Act of businesses closing within 90 days or whatever, so they told us we were going to get paid through January 18th. And I guess we're getting severance pay from the union and collect unemployment." The unexpected extension of pay for the approximately 500 employees of the closed ShopRite stores in the New York Capital Region may offer some temporary relief amidst the job loss. However, it remains unclear whether the violation of the New York State WARN Act would have any further implications for the workers. The act requires businesses to provide a 90-day notice before closures or layoffs, but it appears that ShopRite did not comply with this requirement.

While receiving pay until late January and potentially receiving severance pay from the union and collecting unemployment benefits may help alleviate some financial strain, the long-term implications for these workers are still uncertain. Finding new job opportunities, especially during the ongoing economic challenges caused by the pandemic, could pose further obstacles. The closure of the ShopRite stores is undoubtedly a setback for these employees, but they may find solace in exploring community resources and support networks to help navigate this difficult situation and plan for future career endeavors.


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