CLEVELAND, Ohio – Grocery stores are not immune to the effects of the ongoing shortage of staff affecting many businesses: This week, Heinens announced via Facebook that its locations have cut opening hours and will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, the 10th. January.
Heinen’s has 19 locations in northeast Ohio and four in Greater Chicago, according to its website.
Constantinos, a food shopping option for downtown Cleveland at 1278 W. 9th St., has also been faced with the same challenge, said CEO Andrew Revy.
“We have definitely had to close early and had to make overnight stays due to staff,” he said.
Usually the store is open 7-22 weekdays, 9-22 Saturdays and 9-20 Sundays. Even New Year’s Day – a traditionally busy time – the store closed at 8pm
When Constantinos has to close early due to staffing issues, the store puts a message on the door to let customers know, said Revy, who remains optimistic that the store will return to normal opening hours within the next few weeks. on a regular basis.
This is not the first time COVID and its myriad of economic belly beats have affected Constantinos. The university district closed its doors in May 2020.
“It was a COVID case,” he said.
“When the mandates hit and the university (Case Western) shut down University University Circle was a ghost town. We lost 95 percent of our customers and we just could not cope. ”
The staffing crisis is not endemic to northeastern Ohio. According to a report this week from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of “stops” – voluntary separations – increased significantly in November across several industries, with the largest increase seen in accommodation and food service.
Giant Eagle has also had to adjust its hours due to the staff crisis. In a statement, the company said in part:
“Like many local and national resellers, we have been affected by the work challenges that have intensified during the pandemic, and we are actively recruiting for hundreds of positions in Northeast Ohio to ensure that our retail outlets have adequate support. to fill these openings, temporary adjustments have been made to reduce the opening hours of select Giant Eagle supermarkets and GetGo locations.
“Placement times have been adjusted on an individual basis to accommodate the unique staffing situation in each store, with the majority of Giant Eagle and GetGo locations maintaining traditional opening hours.”
Last year, the Giant Eagle, which would fill hundreds of positions in its supermarkets and market districts, held a job fair for a number of positions in August.
One of four Whole Foods stores saves hours a bit, but not for staff shortages. The Pinecrest site in Orange Village is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It was recently open until 6 p.m. 22.00, but an employee in the store said that last week’s closing time was reduced from kl. 22.00, “because the amount (of traders) was not so great. Fantastic between 9 and 10.” Akron, Rocky River and University Heights locations will remain the same – 8am to 9pm
Mustard Seed Market & Café in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood closes at 8 a.m., but a worker there said it was a seasonal shift and not performed for personnel reasons. The café on the second floor has been open six days a week; it was previously open seven, but due to COVID and staffing issues, it closed on the Monday after its reopening. Dining in the restaurant at Mustard Seeds café in the Montrose area of Akron remains temporarily closed.
Nature’s Oasis on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood does not change opening hours, but an employee at the Van Aken District location in Shaker Heights says the store “looks at options” in terms of its opening hours – not for staffing, but for stores in general, which have become slower in the winter, he said.
Akron-based Acme Fresh Market, with 16 locations in several counties, will maintain normal store hours, a company representative said.
A spokesman for Aldi said customers can check the store locator online for store opening hours. And Aldi held a job fair in September as part of a national push to hire more than 20,000 new store and warehouse employees, including more than 450 people in the Cleveland-Akron market.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer also reached out to Dave’s Markets. In October, Dave’s Markets held a hiring event to fill close to 300 positions at its 13 locations in northeast Ohio.
Through it all, Revy breathes and does not panic.
“The best way to say it is staff is always a fight,” he said. “You are always looking for good staff. We are extremely lucky; we have a good core staff. We are always looking for further help. Retail still has a historically high turnover. I think the retail industry will always have a fight. In general, I hope things fall into place. ”
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