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Updated: 11:13 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2012 | Posted: 7:42 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012

2 local Cub Foods stores closing

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The Cub Foods on Springboro Pike in Miamisburg is one of two slated to close in September.

By Katie Wedell

Staff Writer

Two Cub Foods stores in Dayton’s south suburbs will close on Sept. 30, their Beavercreek-based owner announced Thursday. A total of 130 people will lose their jobs.

Lofino’s Food Stores Inc. plans to close the Dayton Mall Cub Foods, 8245 Springboro Pike, in Miamisburg, and the Sugarcreek Cub Foods, 6314 Wilmington Pike, in Sugarcreek Township.

“While we have attempted to operate efficiently and with profitability, the continued decline in general business conditions has been too great to overcome,” Lofino’s Human Resources Director Darryl McGill wrote in a letter sent to affected employees.

The letter indicated that the company has warned employees of the potential for closures since 2010.

A total of 63 employees at the Miamisburg store will be affected, plus 58 more at the Sugarcreek store and nine at the company’s support center, 3255 Seajay Drive in Beavercreek. Most of the eliminated jobs, 101, are hourly, both full and part time. The rest are salaried positions.

Nicole D’Amico of Miami Township said she used to shop at the Miamisburg Cub Foods often, but stopped because the store doesn’t offer organic options carried by other retailers.

“Everybody is going green. They don’t have the organic products,” she said outside the Miamisburg location Thursday night. “They don’t have what DLM has, they don’t have what Kroger Marketplace has, they don’t have what Health Foods Unlimited has.

“Now you’ve got the Earth Fare over there. I mean, they’ve just kind of been pushed out.”

Other Lofino’s properties, including the Cub Foods at 5495 Salem Ave. in Trotwood, several local Save-A-Lot stores and the Lofino’s Marketplace in Beavercreek, are not affected by the closings.

Michael Lucking, Trotwood city manager, said he’s pleased that the Trotwood Cub Foods store will remain open.

“They have a very strong retail presence in the Trotwood community,” Lucking said. “They’ve done good business in Trotwood and they’re a valued marketplace.”

A “Question & Answer” bulletin for employees attached to Thursday’s letter cited “competitive challenges in the retail grocery industry,” as a reason for the closings.

“The Company has incurred severe financial losses over the last several years,” the bulletin states.

Lofino’s also notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services of the closing, in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The law requires certain employers to give at least 60 days notice of layoffs or facility closings.

Some employees whose jobs will be impacted are members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75. Union representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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