Dundas plaza’s Metro closing will cost 90 jobs

News Jan 24, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Metro officially informed employees at its University Plaza grocery store it will close this year, putting 90 people out of work.

The Metro grocery store at 119 Osler Dr. is expected to be converted into a Canadian Tire retail store with an addition for 10 auto service bays.

Of the 90 people expected to lose their jobs, 85 are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175. A union spokesperson said it will meet with Metro to discuss the closure and its impact on the workers. The collective agreement apparently offers enhanced severance to the unionized workers.

Both the union and Metro would not confirm reports that the closure is scheduled for early March, but Canadian Tire hopes to begin construction in the spring.

Local president Shawn Haggerty said the union will work with the company to find options for as many employees as possible.

“Replacing the store with a nonfood retailer will have a negative impact,” Haggerty said. “The store has been a hub for the community for a number of years. Some of our members are longtime employees who have enjoyed being a regular part of their customers lives here.”

Metro spokesperson Katie Oestreich confirmed notice of the March store closure and job losses was provided to employees at a store meeting held on Friday, January 18.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” Oestreich said. “Employees have been notified that they may apply for rehire at other store locations.”

She also confirmed 85 unionized and five non-unionized employees are affected by the closure.

According to the union, Metro said “the closure is the result of the property management group (RioCan) leasing the space to a different company.”

RioCan has refused to comment since Canadian Tire applied to the city of Hamilton for site plan approval of the planned conversion and addition on Feb. 7, 2018.

RioCan is in the process of selling its small market properties and has already sold several to Canadian Tire where the retailer was already a tenant. RioCan has refused to comment since the February 2018 application.

Canadian Tire has so far satisfied just one of the site plan conditions — minor variances to reduce parking as a result of the 10-bay auto service centre addition. The city of Hamilton is awaiting the results of a peer review of a noise study completed by Canadian Tire. The company commented for the very first time this week on the project. Spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said the new location will allow Canadian Tire to offer a broader assortment of goods and services and result in greater investment in the area.

“We anticipate that construction will begin this spring, and it will open in the fall of 2019, to replace the existing location at 50 Cootes Dr.,” Dosanjh said.

The University Plaza Area Residents Association has actively opposed the loss of a neighbourhood grocery store for a new retail use that includes an auto service centre, arguing the community is underserved by grocery stores and overserved by vehicle repair shops. The association did not appeal the variance decision but plans to address the city’s planning committee on Feb. 19.

Dundas plaza’s Metro closing will cost 90 jobs

Company officially announces grocery store to shut down

News Jan 24, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Metro officially informed employees at its University Plaza grocery store it will close this year, putting 90 people out of work.

The Metro grocery store at 119 Osler Dr. is expected to be converted into a Canadian Tire retail store with an addition for 10 auto service bays.

Of the 90 people expected to lose their jobs, 85 are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175. A union spokesperson said it will meet with Metro to discuss the closure and its impact on the workers. The collective agreement apparently offers enhanced severance to the unionized workers.

Both the union and Metro would not confirm reports that the closure is scheduled for early March, but Canadian Tire hopes to begin construction in the spring.

“We anticipate that construction will begin this spring and it will open in the fall of 2019, to replace the existing location at 50 Cootes Drive.” — Canadian Tire spokesperson

Local president Shawn Haggerty said the union will work with the company to find options for as many employees as possible.

“Replacing the store with a nonfood retailer will have a negative impact,” Haggerty said. “The store has been a hub for the community for a number of years. Some of our members are longtime employees who have enjoyed being a regular part of their customers lives here.”

Metro spokesperson Katie Oestreich confirmed notice of the March store closure and job losses was provided to employees at a store meeting held on Friday, January 18.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” Oestreich said. “Employees have been notified that they may apply for rehire at other store locations.”

She also confirmed 85 unionized and five non-unionized employees are affected by the closure.

According to the union, Metro said “the closure is the result of the property management group (RioCan) leasing the space to a different company.”

RioCan has refused to comment since Canadian Tire applied to the city of Hamilton for site plan approval of the planned conversion and addition on Feb. 7, 2018.

RioCan is in the process of selling its small market properties and has already sold several to Canadian Tire where the retailer was already a tenant. RioCan has refused to comment since the February 2018 application.

Canadian Tire has so far satisfied just one of the site plan conditions — minor variances to reduce parking as a result of the 10-bay auto service centre addition. The city of Hamilton is awaiting the results of a peer review of a noise study completed by Canadian Tire. The company commented for the very first time this week on the project. Spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said the new location will allow Canadian Tire to offer a broader assortment of goods and services and result in greater investment in the area.

“We anticipate that construction will begin this spring, and it will open in the fall of 2019, to replace the existing location at 50 Cootes Dr.,” Dosanjh said.

The University Plaza Area Residents Association has actively opposed the loss of a neighbourhood grocery store for a new retail use that includes an auto service centre, arguing the community is underserved by grocery stores and overserved by vehicle repair shops. The association did not appeal the variance decision but plans to address the city’s planning committee on Feb. 19.

Dundas plaza’s Metro closing will cost 90 jobs

Company officially announces grocery store to shut down

News Jan 24, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Metro officially informed employees at its University Plaza grocery store it will close this year, putting 90 people out of work.

The Metro grocery store at 119 Osler Dr. is expected to be converted into a Canadian Tire retail store with an addition for 10 auto service bays.

Of the 90 people expected to lose their jobs, 85 are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175. A union spokesperson said it will meet with Metro to discuss the closure and its impact on the workers. The collective agreement apparently offers enhanced severance to the unionized workers.

Both the union and Metro would not confirm reports that the closure is scheduled for early March, but Canadian Tire hopes to begin construction in the spring.

“We anticipate that construction will begin this spring and it will open in the fall of 2019, to replace the existing location at 50 Cootes Drive.” — Canadian Tire spokesperson

Local president Shawn Haggerty said the union will work with the company to find options for as many employees as possible.

“Replacing the store with a nonfood retailer will have a negative impact,” Haggerty said. “The store has been a hub for the community for a number of years. Some of our members are longtime employees who have enjoyed being a regular part of their customers lives here.”

Metro spokesperson Katie Oestreich confirmed notice of the March store closure and job losses was provided to employees at a store meeting held on Friday, January 18.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” Oestreich said. “Employees have been notified that they may apply for rehire at other store locations.”

She also confirmed 85 unionized and five non-unionized employees are affected by the closure.

According to the union, Metro said “the closure is the result of the property management group (RioCan) leasing the space to a different company.”

RioCan has refused to comment since Canadian Tire applied to the city of Hamilton for site plan approval of the planned conversion and addition on Feb. 7, 2018.

RioCan is in the process of selling its small market properties and has already sold several to Canadian Tire where the retailer was already a tenant. RioCan has refused to comment since the February 2018 application.

Canadian Tire has so far satisfied just one of the site plan conditions — minor variances to reduce parking as a result of the 10-bay auto service centre addition. The city of Hamilton is awaiting the results of a peer review of a noise study completed by Canadian Tire. The company commented for the very first time this week on the project. Spokesperson Joscelyn Dosanjh said the new location will allow Canadian Tire to offer a broader assortment of goods and services and result in greater investment in the area.

“We anticipate that construction will begin this spring, and it will open in the fall of 2019, to replace the existing location at 50 Cootes Dr.,” Dosanjh said.

The University Plaza Area Residents Association has actively opposed the loss of a neighbourhood grocery store for a new retail use that includes an auto service centre, arguing the community is underserved by grocery stores and overserved by vehicle repair shops. The association did not appeal the variance decision but plans to address the city’s planning committee on Feb. 19.