The Maine Department of Labor has scheduled a Rapid Response session for employees who lost their jobs when Save-A-Lot in Sanford closed abruptly last week.

The discount grocery store in the Marden’s plaza closed on Dec. 13. A Rapid Response session for workers affected by the closing will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at York County CareerCenter in Springvale.

The Department of Labor did not say how many workers lost their jobs. Tuesday’s session will provide workers with information about health insurance options, unemployment benefits and re-employment assistance.

Supervalu, the Minneapolis parent company of the Save-A-Lot chain, announced in October it would sell the chain to Onex Crop. of Toronto for $1.37 billion.

The Sanford store opened in 2010. There also are Save-A-Lot stores in Portland, Lewiston, Waterville, Presque Isle, Farmington, Millinocket, Brewer and Dover-Foxcroft, according to the company’s website.

The stores are typically 15,000 to 20,000 square feet – about one-third to one-half the size of a typical supermarket such as Hannaford or Shaw’s. Save-A-Lot operates more than 1,300 stores in urban, suburban and rural areas and reaches more than 5 million shoppers each week, according to its website.

The company, which offers discounted food, meat and produce, saw a slight decrease of 1.4 percent in its annual same-store sales in February 2016 compared with a year earlier. In February 2015, it reported a 5.8 percent annual increase in same-store sales over 2014.

Gillian Graham can be contacted at 791-6315 or at:

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