the company had announced in a previous quarterly report that it will close upto 20 stores nation wide over a period of two years.
this will be the 4th store to close in Oregon in the last two years.
wild oats continues to struggle to keep the very successful old nature's stores open, while New Seasons market, whole foods, market of choice and trader joes are still expanding in the very lucretive oregon natural foods market.
oat's has come under fire from ex-employees as hostile to worker rights and has systematically reduced pay and benefits to employees over the last 4 years. as a shopper, i have noticed they are very hostile to local companies as well. it's very hard to find more than a few local items.
they are following the wal-mart model.
full time workers are hard to find in their stores. starting wages are just over oregon's minimum wage. raises? what raise? product discount for employees has been cut to 15% from 20. floor managers are exempt from overtime eventhough most of their work is physical labor and are required to work over 40 hours a week. health insurance costs have been shifted more and more to workers, but the best way to avoid covering your employees is to work them part time.
note: federal labor law clearly states that if a job is 40% or more physical labor, then over time must be paid.
i would advise the local community to boycott their stores as much as possible.
except for the occasional munchies!