Metro consolidating produce, dairy operations in Laval; 114 jobs affected

MONTREAL – Supermarket operator Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) is consolidating its produce and dairy distribution operations at the company’s new plant in Laval, Que., affecting more than 100 jobs.

The Montreal-based grocer says the move will involve the transfer of work at its St-Augustin-de-Desmaures facility to Laval.

The company did not say how many of the workers would lose their jobs. Activities at the St. Augustin-de-Desmaurs centre are expected to end in early March.

“This is a very difficult decision, which impacts 114 of our employees, and Metro will work with various stakeholders in order to place as many employees as possible within its operations and to help them through the transition,” it said.

Meanwhile, it said the transfer and the addition of other new products would create about 80 jobs over time at the Laval centre, which opened last spring.

Metro, with 65,000 employees and more than $11 billion in annual sales, operates a network of more than 600 food stores in Quebec and Ontario under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.