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Waynesboro store to close in December

November 29, 2000

Waynesboro store to close in December



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Jubilee Foods store at the Waynesboro Mall will close in December as a result of a corporate decision that will cost about 40 full- and part-time workers their jobs, company spokesmen said this week.

The store opened in July 1999 at 710 E. Main St., store Manager Ken Richards said. Before that it operated as a Super Thrift grocery store in the Potomac Shopping Center in Waynesboro's south end for about 40 years.

The store is offering shoppers a 20 percent discount on all remaining merchandise until Dec. 9, the last day of business.

Richards said the store is helping its employees find jobs. Tri-State Area retail businesses looking for quality workers are encouraged to call the store at 717-762-1418 to recruit Jubilee employees, he said.

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The Kmart store next door has already hired several Jubilee workers. "We have some really good people here," Richards said.

Randy Hatcher, spokesman for Fleming Companies, Jubilee's corporate owner with offices in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dallas, Tex., said Tuesday the decision to close the company-owned Waynesboro store is a result of the way the corporation wants to do business in the future.

One of the largest wholesale grocery supply operations in the United States with annual sales of $12 billion, the company wants to focus more on its wholesale than on its retail business, Hatcher said.

Fleming supplies company and independently owned grocery stores under such corporate names as Rainbow Foods, Sentry Foods, Jubilee, ABCO Foods, Food 4 Less, Baker's and Thompson Food Basket.

Fleming said last year that it planned to close all of its Pennsylvania stores. There are 15 remaining, including the Waynesboro Jubilee, he said.

The closing will leave Waynesboro with four grocery stores including two small Henicle's markets, and two chain stores. A new Food Lion store is scheduled to open next year.

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