Fresh & Easy Stores Closing with 3,000 Layoffs

Fresh & Easy Stores Closing with 3,000 Layoffs

 

Fresh & Easy Stores Closing with 3,000 Layoffs

Fresh & Easy is a 2007 grocery chain that has struggled for several years in Southern California has started  closing its business. Other stores such as Sprouts, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods were tough competitors for Fresh & Easy

As I drove by the Yucaipa store and later the Calimesa store, they both had signs posted that they were closing the doors and selling off the fixtures.

A Fresh & Easy spokesperson said that Fresh & Easy didsn't have enough cash and couldn't obtain financing to continue operating the business though the company had been turning around their finances but just couldn't survive the market. The company operates 97 stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. Southern California is home to 54 locations. Stores are currently being liquidated and closed.

State-mandated WARN Act layoff notices have gone out to about 3,000 employees.

The good news here is a new grocery chain named 'Aldi's" is opening  45 stores in Southern California. Hopefully some of the laid off employees can secure jobs as the holidays are such a horrible time to be out of work. 

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Comment balloon 14 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • November 17 2015 02:44PM

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Kristin there used to be a lovely Fresh and Easy close to my home and it closed quite a few years ago along with other stores in AZ.  Sorry to see them closing as they had qood quality and service. And I hope the employees get jobs with the new chain opening up.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

That's sad news.  Especially the 3,000 layoffs.  Hopefully, another grocery will open up at that location to serve the community.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

How sad is that I was about to post about another chain but held off it.... sadly that is two chains laying people off right before Thanksgiving what a tragedy....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor Thanks for the alert on Fresh & Easy. Can't say I ever shopped them, but the economy is definitely changing.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten 

It is sad to see any business try to compete only to close their doors eventually.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 

Yes, I feel so bad for the employees who were laid off. Maybe they will find some employment as many are hiring for the holidays.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 

Yes several have been in the news and it is a bad time.  So many of my friends like to shop at Trader Joes and buy their household items at big box stores. I think this is why many do not shop at traditional grocery stores now!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

Hi Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI 

We had one that was opening in Loma Linda CA but then never opened over 4 years ago. A few months ago, they took the sign down and put a dollar store there. It was very disappointing!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

Kristin, sad to see a company close and have layoffs especially this time of year.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Hi Joan Cox 

Yes it is very sad and I wish them all a  happy holiday.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

Hmm..interesting name for a grocery chain.  I tought it was a dry cleaning chain based on the name and logo.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Chris Ann Cleland 

 Meat and produce sold there cost a alittle more than regular markets but all organic and meats were antibotic free. Now there are more stores and larger so some just win out. Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joe's are really popular in California.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

It is always a sad thing to hear of a company that is not making it and having to close down. At least it sounds like many may have a place to transition to

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 2 years ago

Hi David Shamansky 

Yes, I am hoping they are getting some help for this holiday season if they do not find job replacements quickly. Too many unemployment and not enough positions it very typical but with church and family, hopefully they will have a happy holiday regardless.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 2 years ago

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