Dozens of Giant Food store employees in Fredericksburg are fighting to keep their jobs.
Employees said their parent company, “Ahold,” informed their stores they could be sold or closed as part of a pending merger with the company that owns Food Lion.
Ahold also owns Martin’s and Giant Food stores. The pending merger of Ahold and Delhaize could mean the sale of Martin’s stores in the area as well.
“This isn’t about anything other than bread and butter and it’s your bread and butter, you earned your bread and butter.” said President of the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 400 Mark Federici.
The Fredericksburg Giant employees said they just want to keep their jobs and for people to hear them out.
Giant employee, Robyn Wheeler, said she and her family have nearly one century of time vested in the supermarket.
“It’ll be 95 years altogether with the family,” Wheeler said. “My dad did 38, I’m working 36, my daughter has seven, and my son-in-law has 15.”
Wheeler also said she wants to know what a supermarket merger means for her future.
“We’re just hoping for the best, maybe a good buyer,” Wheeler said. “We just want to maintain our benefits and keep our jobs.”
In the meantime, Chris Brand, Ahold USA spokesperson said, “We do not anticipate any stores will close as a part of the Federal Trade Commission merger approval process and stores would be purchased by another grocery retailer and operate as another retailer if they sell.”
When 8News asked Brand if the current workers will keep their pay grade and benefits he stated, “It’s too early to speculate on the outcome of the process.”
Ahold said the merger is on track to be completed by June, 2016.