“We’ve set a plan to make sure the store is profitable,” said Maria Amor, the vice president of public relations. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure the store is available (for customers).”
The store at 3225 N. Tracy Blvd. might close or not, depending on its sales, Amor said Monday. She said that the company had received letters from Tracy residents asking to keep the store open and heard their message “loud and clear.”
“We are really hoping we will be able to turn things around,” Amor said.
The best way to show support, she said, is to shop at the store.
The family-owned Latino grocery company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2013 and created a plan to make sure its stores were making money, according to Amor. She said Mi Pueblo looked at its prices and the efficiency of its employees.
“We’re waiting to see the retail (numbers) to see if the plan works,” she said. “We will know at the end of the summer if the plan has been working or not, so we still have some time.”
The company had announced this spring that the Tracy store, which opened in March 2012, would close Aug. 1. During the regular meeting of the Tracy City Council on June 17, interim City Manager Maria Hurtado revealed information from Mi Pueblo’s director of human resources identifying the expected loss of 95 local jobs.
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