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King Soopers delays reopening of Boulder store where 10 people were killed

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King Soopers delays reopening of Boulder store where 10 people were killed

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King Soopers delayed the scheduled reopening next week of its South Boulder store, where 10 people were killed in a mass shooting last year, saying the event should be free from the distraction of the strike ongoing union employees of the grocer.

The Table Mesa Drive store has been closed since the shooting in March. It was originally scheduled to open on January 20, after months of construction. Representatives for King Soopers said Thursday that a new reopening date has not yet been determined.

“We are heartbroken over the difficult decision to delay reopening our Table Mesa location following the UFCW strike,” King Soopers spokesperson Jessica Trowbridge said. referring to the United Food and Commercial Workers union. .

The strike, organized by UFCW Local 7 in the Denver subway, began at 5 a.m. on Wednesday and is expected to last three weeks. The union is fighting for higher wages, better health care options and more tools for workplace safety, workers said at a press conference.

In the Boulder Valley, employees of stores in Boulder, Broomfield and Louisville are on strike.

“It was a very difficult decision and after much thought we decided to take a timely break to come together and unite on this next chapter,” King Soopers Chairman Joe Kelley said in a statement. hurry. “We know this is a monumental step in our healing journey and must be free from distractions.”

In a statement Tuesday, King Soopers said he made what he calls his “last, best and final offer” to the union, which includes “the investment of $ 170 million over the next three years (which ) includes salary investments plus ratification bonuses for all partners.

The union said in an update Thursday that its picket lines will remain strong as negotiations are expected to resume on Friday.

King Soopers delays reopening of Boulder store where 10 people were killed

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