#SaveMyStore Rally Draws Crowd, Media Attention In Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Giant Food employees joined by local elected officials and community leaders to launch #SaveMyStore campaign

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Yesterday, nearly 100 Giant Food employees were joined by local elected officials and community leaders to launch a campaign to save six stores in the region Fredericksburg region (and two others in southern Maryland) from potential sale.

Last week, following shareholder approval of the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of local grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at several area stores were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger.

With the future of so many jobs at stake, workers at Giant Food stores in Fredericksburg held a press conference to tell Ahold/Delhaize and any potential buyers that they will do whatever it takes to preserve their collective bargaining agreement – regardless of who owns the stores or what brand they are operated under.

Robyn Wheeler, who works at the store where the press conference was held, has 36 years with the company. Her father worked for Giant for nearly 38 years and her daughter and son-in-law also work there. “Together, we have 95 years of experience with this company. We just want to keep our jobs and our customers,” she said.

Because the merger has yet to be approved by federal regulators, there is very little definitive information at this point, but attendees were undaunted.

“I’ve got no more information about this situation than you do right now,” said Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400. “And that’s the hardest thing, is this whole circumstance is as clear as mud,” he said. “You’re looking for answers. You’re looking at things as to which way it’s going to go. What choices you’re going to have to make. Right now nobody can answer any of those questions.”

The workers were joined by several community leaders, including Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of the City of Fredericksburg; Vernon Green Jr., Vice President of the Stafford Branch of the NAACP; Rev. Hashmel Turner, a former city councilman; and Luis Aguilar, Advocacy and Elections Specialist for CASA.

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Press Coverage

‘Save my store,’ Giant/Martin’s workers rally to keep jobs amid sale
by Alix Bryan & Shelby Brown
CBS 6 / WTVR-TV

Pending merger causing anxiety for local grocery store workers
by Jonathan Costen
ABC 8 News / WRIC-TV

Fredericksburg area Giant workers hope to keep jobs
by Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star

Local Giant Workers Rally for Their Jobs
by Susan Larson
Fredericksburg Today

Ahold USA Does Not Expect to Close Any Giant Food Stores After Merger
By Susan Larson
Fredericksburg Today

Fredericksburg area Giant workers hope to keep jobs
by Cathy Jett
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Giant workers in Fredericksburg area to speak out about possible sale
by Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star

Giant Rally-Fredericksburg
by Ted Schubel
WBQB/WFVA-Fredericksburg

Photos from the Rally