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Stop & Shop likely to cut, move Quincy workers

Grocery chain is key supporter of city’s redevelopment

By Todd Wallack
Globe Staff / January 4, 2011

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos. will probably eliminate or move scores of positions at its Quincy headquarters as part of an ongoing reorganization, its parent company said yesterday.

The employee changes come as the city of Quincy embarks on an ambitious billion-dollar revitalization of its downtown, where Stop & Shop expects to remain a key employer.

A spokeswoman for the parent company, Ahold USA, said the company sought to move 100 workers to Carlisle, Pa., where it operates its marketing and merchandising hub. So far about half the workers have opted to move to Pennsylvania, with some others accepting jobs in newly created local divisions or agreeing to remain temporarily with the company during the transition.

Stop & Shop and its corporate parent have roughly 20,000 workers statewide, around 950 of whom work at the Quincy headquarters. The company has been a key supporter of a New York developer’s $1.2 billion plan to transform Quincy into a busy retail, commercial, and residential center. The grocery says it originally introduced the developer, Street-Works Development LLC, to Quincy city officials to discuss improving the neighborhood around its building.

Stop & Shop’s 10-story building on Hancock Street will remain one of the company’s two major office hubs in the United States, hosting workers in finance, real estate, construction, legal, human resources, and other departments. Indeed, the company has added jobs in Quincy over the past two years. It also plans to move its New England division headquarters from Braintree to Quincy later this year, further bolstering employment at the site.

“There has been a lot of speculation about our plans here in Quincy,’’ said Tracy Pawelski, an Ahold spokeswoman based in Pennsylvania. “Stop & Shop remains committed to Quincy and its redevelopment efforts.’’

But Pawelski said the company can’t say how many full-time permanent workers it will have in Quincy until it completes all the different relocations later this year.

“We will have a better idea of the net impact on jobs in Quincy at that time,’’ Pawelski said.

Todd Wallack can be reached at twallack@globe.com.