Star Market closes on Saturday, July 24. Swell deals on things like rock salt!
Employees have reportedly been handed their pink slips. Will Whole Foods, which expects to move in by Fall of 2011, hire any of them? (Though that would be a long time to wait for a job)
Meanwhile, the fate of restaurant Tian Fu looks bleak, with its lease running out this summer. Dozens of Tian Fu supporters have signed an online petition urging Whole Foods to work out a plan to let Tian Fu stay (and as one signer writes, avoid repeating history of the current Whole Foods in Wellesley Hills — formerly Bread & Circus — pushing out a Chinese restaurant called Pine Garden in its space years ago).
Hats off to hard working employees of star/Shaw. Some of them have been there for quite some time and are almost icons there. I suggest that if hiring powers at WF read this , hire them ASAP.
These are very hard working, friendly and great people.
i concur with aj there are some friendly hardworking folks at star market in wellesley.
and although not a fan of wf perhaps some of the good karma from the previous employees will rub off on the new store, if they are hired.
sorry for tian fu , they were much nicer than lemon tree in the square….
amazing how a store like whole foods with exorbitant prices and faux organics can thrive. maybe we can change that, together.
I won’t miss Tian Fu.
I will miss the parking lot being so empty once Whole Foods opens.
And I’ll miss the extra cash in my wallet after shopping there.
The employees from Star Market got a rotten deal. They were given less than 30 days notice and from what I hear the packaged sucked. I have shopped at this store for many years and could name the employees there that I would love to just chat with and I will miss them. Whole Foods better pick them up fast they will be great for your business. I would like to wish Diane, Rita, Paul, Matt, Harry and the rest of the crew all the best, but a special shout to Mr. Ken (I just adore and love you, you brought so much passion and fun to your job. I hope you find something bigger and better.
Star Market is owned by Supervalu. Supervalu is in a world of hurt. They sold out all their remaining Connecticut Shaw’s stores to Shoprite and Stop & Shop earlier this year. (2 stores New Haven & Manchester couldn’t find buyers). That’s on top of closing 7 or 8 locations in Connecticut between 2006 when they bought Shaw’s from Albertsons and 2009. Rumors are that the Rhode Island Shaw’s stores are on the market as well. They also recently closed down several Shaw’s in Norther New England i.e. New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.