The Fort Worth job market, already stung by announcements that nearly 2,200 workers will lose their jobs, has now learned that Associated Wholesale Grocers will shutter its Fort Worth facility and lay off 208 employees.
Notice of the layoff was made public Monday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The Kansas City-based company, the nation’s largest cooperative that wholesales food to independently owned supermarkets such as PriceChopper and IGA, in an earlier statement said it will consolidate its Fort Worth business into its Oklahoma City distribution center by Oct. 31.
“To remain the low-cost provider, we must constantly evaluate how we operate and what we can do to improve,” David Smith, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
Associated’s member companies have more than 3,800 stores in 36 states. Associated, which has eight other distribution facilities, said it is selling its facility at 7550 Oak Grove Road in south Fort Worth.
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Last week, the workforce commission reported that the state’s unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in June, having added 40,200 jobs. But in Fort Worth-Arlington, the unemployment rate jumped to 4.1 percent from 3.8 percent in May. Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth said it is adding 2,000 jobs.