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Golub lays off 47 at Schenectady HQ

Golub lays off 47 at Schenectady HQ

The Golub Corporation laid off 47 employees Tuesday, continuing a series of administrative cuts even
Golub lays off 47 at Schenectady HQ
The Golub Headquarters on Nott Street in Schenectady at sunset after 47 lay offs were announced Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The Golub Corporation laid off 47 employees Tuesday, continuing a series of administrative cuts even as it expands the workforce at its supermarkets.

Company spokeswoman Mona Golub said administrative functions were consolidated, outsourced or eliminated as part of the job cuts, all of which came at the company’s Nott Street headquarters.

“This reflects our efforts to hone a lean and efficient administrative support team,” she said. Nearly 700 employees will remain at the headquarters after the staff reduction, she added.

Tuesday’s layoffs are the third round in recent years for the company, which operates 135 supermarkets with approximately 20,000 employees in six states. It reduced its administrative workforce by 80 over the course of several months in 2012-2013 and cut 80 more administrative employees in June 2014.

Mona Golub noted, though, that no employees lost their jobs at the Rotterdam distribution center or in the supermarkets as part of Tuesday’s cutbacks. In fact, the company is adding employees at some of its retail locations, she said — it hired 700 additional employees for the first four Market 32 stores it rolled out, and expects this hiring trend to continue.

Four more new Market 32 locations will be opened this month.

The rebranding of Golub’s Price Chopper stores as Market 32 stores, with accompanying renovations and modernization, is expected to be a lengthy and expensive process.

When it announced the change in 2012, the company said the transition would take nearly a decade and cost more than $300 million.

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