ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Dozens of people woke up Monday to learn suddenly they were out of a job.
Workers and shoppers showed up to John Brooks Supermarket in southeast Albuquerque, greeted by nothing more than a sign on the door announcing the store's closure.
One by one, shoppers and workers got to John Brooks Supermarket on San Mateo and Zuni Monday—shocked to find out they couldn't go inside.
They only had a sign outside to explain that said, the store is closed and rewards cards can still be redeemed at the other two Albuquerque locations, which are still open.
Many were upset and confused about why there was no warning.
“I generally come here from the South Valley to buy my groceries because they closed the John Brooks in my neighborhood, and like I said, we came here to shop and it's closed and we don't know why,” said Ethel Fast Horse.
Rebecca Christman, another customer said she visits the store often because it's within walking distance from her home.
While the store's closing is an inconvenience for shoppers, it is a major blow to the employees who also said they weren't given any notice.
“It is just kind of shocking because ... I would have liked to have had a little bit of notice,” said Lynda Comitz, who had been working at the store since it opened in 2006. “I am 66-years-old but I was never late, never. I don't know. I'm just still in shock. It's very, very hard.”
Company Controller Kathy Dominguez said all employees were laid off because the store never bounced back after the recession.
But why not warn the workers?
The employees' union president, Greg Frazier, said he was told it is just company procedure.
“Now, I'm no paycheck and headed to the unemployment office, I guess,” Comitz said.
For much of the afternoon, employees stood outside comforting each other — wishing each other luck finding someplace else to work.
Frazier with United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1564 said the union is currently negotiating severance pay for the roughly 35 employees affected.
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