The City of Cleveland Mayor, Frank Jackson, issued a letter of disappointment to Giant Eagle CEO, Laura Karet, Wednesday.

The letter is in response to Giant Eagle’s announcement to close two Cleveland locations within the next sixty days.

Jackson’s letter addresses the impact the closing of the stores will have on residents in the community, as well as employees who will lose their jobs.

View the full letter below.

Dear Ms. Karet:

The City of Cleveland has been a partner with Giant Eagle over the years, working with the development of new grocery stores and Get-Go gas stations within the City limits.  Therefore, it is with great disappointment that we learned of the closing of two stores and a Get-Go gas station through the media.  The closing of the store at East 116th Street and Buckeye Road marks the end of Giant Eagle on the east side of Cleveland and the two closures mean that there are only two Giant Eagle stores left in a community of nearly 400,000 people.  These stores provided access to fresh foods and a pharmacy for our residents, many of whom are elderly and rely on public transportation.  The closure of these stores would require a customer to travel another several miles on the east or west side to one of your stores by car.We also learned that over 120 jobs are at risk.  We have been provided no information on whether these employees have been offered positions at other stores and we have received many calls today from concerned employees who also just learned that they will be without a job in thirty to sixty days.  The closing of pharmacies on January 14, 2017 means that customers have just ten (10) days to transfer prescriptions, placing a hardship on many of our seniors and those with disabilities for whom this process can be very difficult.



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