Safeway hopes to rescue jobs impacted by Bay Area store closure

Supermarket titan might be able to place the affected workers at other company sites

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Safeway has revealed plans for dozens of job cuts at a Santa Clara store that the supermarket chain is closing — but all affected employees may be able to find work at other Safeway locations.

According to a new official filing with the state Employment Development Department, the grocery chain is laying off 38 workers at its Santa Clara location near the intersection of Stevens Creek Boulevard and North Winchester Boulevard. The store is located at 3071 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Santa Clara, next to the Westfield Valley Fair mall.

Safeway, based in Pleasanton, told the EDD that it was working to save all jobs at the site of the upcoming store closure.

“We are writing to advise you of a store closing and our desire to offer continued employment to all associates by Safeway and its affiliates,” said Jeff Mason, vice president of human resources at Safeway’s Northern California Division, in a letter to the EDD.

The store will close permanently on November 3, according to Safeway’s letter to the state. The store had been open for 67 years but had been performing poorly.

The location in question for the displaced employees was not immediately clear. Safeway has a store a few miles away in San Jose at 5156 Stevens Creek Blvd.

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