About 100 people will likely lose their jobs as Stop & Shop reportedly plans to close one of its two stores in Hamden.
Calling it a "great loss" for both southern Hamden and the workers, Mayor Scott Jackson said he has requested a meeting with Stop & Shop to see if there is anything the town can do to change their minds and keep the store open, according to a news release.
The store that will be closed is located at 1245 Dixwell Ave., at the corner of Putnam Ave., in the Putnam Plaza.
Jackson said the store has accepted the meeting and is welcome to the discussion, but store officials said it is unlikely it will reverse its position, the news release said.
Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop's New York Metro Division told WTNH in a statement that the decision to close one of its Hamden locations was a business decision resulting from a review of the stores' performances.
If the closure does goes through, Jackson gave the following statement:
“We plan on doing everything possible to not only alleviate the loss of jobs, but also to take immediate steps to work on replacing the store with another use that will provide employment, shopping and services. We will work with our staff and CT Works to counsel the workers regarding their job search options. In addition, I have assigned our Economic Development Director Dale Kroop to work with the owner of the shopping center and brokers from throughout the region to help find a replacement store.”
Editor's Note: The town initially reported that 200 workers would be laid off, however it later issued a statement correcting that and saying it would be 100 workers.