First On KHQ.Com: Deer Park Braces For Layoffs; Grocery Store Closing
DEER PARK, Wash. - Rosauers Supermarkets, Inc., announced today the impending closure of their store in Deer Park, Washington. The store will remain open through mid-September for an inventory liquidation sale. The store's employees were notified of the decision to close on Monday, August 9, at a meeting of all store staff and personnel.
While not required, the company is offering severance packages to qualifying employees, as well as skills counseling as a means of helping them transition to their next employment opportunity. The company is also working with another Deer Park grocer, Yoke's Fresh Market, to find employment for as many employees as possible.
"Regrettably, our decision will impact the lives of our employees, many of whom have been with our company during our entire 9 year tenure in Deer Park," commented Jeff Philipps, President of Rosauers Supermarkets.
There have been significant changes in the extended marketplace since the Excel Foods store was acquired by Rosauers in July of 2001.
"Increased competition that has drawn customers away from Deer Park to Spokane, coupled with the existing economic climate, contributed to the financial decision to close the store," said Philipps. "We have long considered an update to the facility to better compete, but the current site is landlocked by other businesses, and would require an investment that is not economically feasible."
"We have enjoyed serving the community of Deer Park, and taking care of our customers for the past 9 years, and regret having to make this very difficult decision", said Philipps.
Rosauers Supermarkets is headquartered in Spokane, Washington and operates 21 retail stores in a four-state area. The company is owned by URM Stores of Spokane.
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