FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Jonathan Williams, UFCW Local 400, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first in a series of town halls tonight at 6pm in Fredericksburg aims to preserve good jobs and quality shopping threatened by a corporate merger
On March 15, following the shareholders’ approval of a merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of local grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at eight 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, Giant Food employees launched the “Save My Store” campaign the following week with a press conference and a petition to Ahold/Delhaize which is steadily gaining thousands of signatures from employees and customers.
Now, the campaign is hosting a series of four town halls in the communities surrounding the threatened stores to bring together employees, customers, elected officials and other leaders to do whatever it takes to keep quality jobs and shopping options intact.
Representatives of Ahold and Giant Food were also invited to attend, but the company has refused to respond.
FIRST TOWN HALL TONIGHT:
Fredericksburg #SaveMyStore Town Hall
6:00pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hyatt Place, 1241 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
UPCOMING TOWN HALLS:
Accokeek #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Waldorf
10385 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
La Plata #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Tuesday, April 19 at 6 pm
Holiday Inn Express La Plata
6860 Crain Highway, La Plata, MD 20646
Stafford #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm
2915 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA 22554
Giant Food employees
Grocery store customers
Local elected officials and community leaders
Mark Federici, President, UFCW Local 400
EIGHT GIANT FOOD GROCERY STORES SLATED FOR SALE:
Giant #338, Accokeek, MD
Giant #339, La Plata, MD
Giant #234, Stafford, VA
Giant #235, Fredericksburg, VA
Giant #243, Stafford, VA
Giant #256, Spotsylvania, VA
Giant #770, Fredericksburg, VA
Giant #789, Falmouth, VA
Visit SaveMyStore.org to learn more, including previous press coverage, a map of stores threatened by the merger.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents 35,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.