The fact King Kullen is closing its Union Boulevard store in West Islip doesn’t mean employees will lose their jobs, according to the supermarket, as workers will be offered roles at other stores.
“It is our intention to offer employees similar positions in other stores at the same rate of pay and employment status,” said Joseph W. Brown, senior vice president, Chief Merchandising Officer, in an email to Patch Friday morning.
King Kullen declined to state how many store employees will be affected by the closing due to happen after the holidays. No specific closing date has been set.
King Kullen’s decision to close its Union Boulevard store was not due to economics, Brown told Patch.
“The terms of the lease for the West Islip store came to an end and we chose not to renew,” said Brown. King Kullen does not own the store or the land.
King Kullen is also closing a store in Patchogue sometime after the first of the year, for the same reason, said Brown and also plans to provide other jobs for those employees.
The supermarket chain opened a new store in Island Park a year ago, noted Brown, and “we are always exploring new locations for growth.”