The Pantry began laying off 250 workers in Cary and Sanford on Monday, the same day that the company’s merger with Canadian convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard closed.
The company announced the cuts in a letter filed Friday with the N.C. Department of Commerce. The jobs being eliminated are across all areas of the business, and are the result of Couche-Tard consolidating various job functions in other areas of the company.
The layoffs are to be completed over the next 18 months.
When the merger was announced in December, The Pantry employed 250 people in Cary and 250 people in Sanford. The letter to the Commerce Department did not breakout how many jobs would be lost at each site.
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The Pantry operates 1,509 stores in 13 states in the Southeast, primarily under the Kangaroo Express brand. Couche-Tard has 6,303 convenience stores in North America, including 4,851 stores that sell gasoline. Most of its U.S. stores operate under the Circle K brand.