Meijer, Inc.

2,500 Illinois layoffs reported to state in March, many from store closings

2,500 Illinois layoffs reported to state in March, many from store closings

A string of retail store closures drove Illinois past 2,500 mass layoff warnings last month.

Meijer, Savers, and Strack and Van Til, which owns Ultra Foods, each announced the closures of multiple locations, according to a monthly report released this week by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Grocer Strack and Van Til, based in Highland, Ind., will cut a total of 370 people when it shutters a Strack & Van Til store at 2627 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, plus three Ultra Foods locations, in Downers Grove, Lombard and at 3250 W. 87th St. on Chicago's South Side. They are set to close April 30.

Thrift store chain Savers, based in Bellevue, Wash.,...

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