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Raley’s lays off 29, will close supermarket in Nevada

Raley’s has laid off 29 non-store employees and will close its supermarket in Winnemucca, Nev., on Sept. 1, a spokeswoman for the supermarket chain said Wednesday.
Raley’s has laid off 29 non-store employees and will close its supermarket in Winnemucca, Nev., on Sept. 1, a spokeswoman for the supermarket chain said Wednesday. Sacramento Bee file

Raley’s has laid off 29 non-store employees and will soon close its supermarket in Winnemucca, Nev., as part of a continuing effort to streamline operations.

Chelsea Minor, a spokeswoman for the West Sacramento-based grocer, said Wednesday that the 29 workers were notified Monday that their positions were being eliminated. She said the workers came from various Raley’s operations overseen by the company.

She said the layoffs represent 2 percent of the company’s non-store personnel.

Minor also confirmed that the Raley’s market in Winnemucca will close effective Sept. 1. She said 50 work at the store.

She said Raley’s has leased the Winnemucca site, and the new tenant, Ridley’s Family Markets, is working to try to incorporate the current Raley’s employees into its operation.

Ridley’s is a family-owned chain of grocery stores based in Jerome, Idaho. It operates about 30 stores in Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

The Winnemucca closing is the fourth store closure announced by Raley’s in recent weeks.

In June, the company said it will close its Raley’s Supermarket at 4551 Mack Road in south Sacramento. That store’s last day of business will be Saturday. The grocer subsequently announced that it would close its Nob Hill Foods store in San Jose and its Raley’s Supermarket in Newark, both of which have since been shuttered.

Minor said all four stores struggled despite various efforts to improve business.

She said Raley’s “remains optimistic about the future. … We’re working to make the right investments for our customers.”

Minor said Raley’s is considering locations for new stores. She added that the company is in the process of upgrading a dozen existing stores.

Raley’s operates more than 100 stores under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.

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