The grocery store, located on Kennedy Road in Dubuque, Iowa, is set to close at the end of the month—but the pharmacy was shuttered on December 1, just a day after Nash Finch announced that the facility would be closing. It appears that the parent company violated a state two-week notification requirement for employees in Utah, although it reportedly violated no federal laws, which are said to be riddled with loopholes.
It is not clear whether Nash Finch, based in Minnesota, is bound by Minnesota employment law, as the facility in question is situated in Utah.
A former Econofoods pharmacist contends that the immediate closure of the pharmacy and sale of customer files to Hy-Vee Foods violated state law, which requires two weeks' notice to customers about their rights to choose their pharmacy.
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But the Iowa Workforce Development website quotes contradictory data from the US Labor Department: in mass layoffs of 50 to 499 employees, the layoffs must make up one-third of the company work force to fall under the confines of the WARN law.
Seventy employees will lose their jobs when Econofoods closes at the end of the year.
The Minnesota-based food company bills itself as the second largest publicly traded wholesale food distributor in the country.