Brookings-based C&K Market Inc. laid off at least 45 employees Tuesday, this time at its corporate offices in Brookings and Medford.
The layoffs affect half of its corporate office employees, which the company said it no longer needed because of the recent closure of about a third of its grocery stores since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The company is not planning any further reductions in the workforce at this time, according to Grant Lunde, spokesman for C&K Market.
He was not sure as to how many employees were laid off at each of the two offices.
C&K Market filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov. 19, 2013 in a Eugene court. As part of filing for Chapter 11, it announced the closing of 16 of its stores, including the Shop Smart in Harbor. In October 2013, C&K Market sold off its pharmacies, among them Chetco Pharmacy in Brookings and Pharmacy Express in Harbor.
Before filing for bankruptcy, the company had shut down stores in many communities, including Smith River and Crescent City. C&K closed the stores citing increased competition from Walmart and other big-box stores in those markets.
“Entering Chapter 11 was a difficult decision for our family,” said Doug Nidiffer, chairman of the board. “These layoffs are particularly difficult, as many of these employees have worked for our company for many years.”
He added, “We are making good progress and will emerge from bankruptcy this year as a stronger company.”
C&K Market Inc. operates 44 grocery stores in Oregon and California under the Ray’s Food Place, Shop Smart and CK Market names. The company started in 1956 in Brookings.