Giant Food employees joined with local elected officials and community leaders last week to launch a campaign to save six stores in the Fredericksburg region, along with two others in southern Maryland. The supermarkets are threatened by the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of local grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s. Robyn Wheeler’s family has 96 years with Giant. Wheeler, a UFCW 400 member who works at the store where the March 24 #SaveMyStore press conference was held, has 36 years with the company, her father worked for Giant for nearly 38 years and her daughter and son-in-law also work there. “We just want to keep our jobs and our customers,” she said. The workers were joined by community leaders, including Fredericksburg mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Vernon Green Jr., Vice President of the Stafford Branch of the NAACP; Rev. Hashmel Turner, a former city councilman; and Luis Aguilar, Advocacy and Elections Specialist for CASA.
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