Cen­tral cater­ing kitchen to close

Mar­ket to close cater­ing fa­cil­ity on Bolm Road; 93 jobs at risk.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­man.com Whole Foods

Whole Foods Mar­ket will close its cen­tral­ized Austin cater­ing kitchen next month, trans­fer­ring cater­ing op­er­a­tions into its stores here – a move that could re­sult in up to 93 jobs be­ing lost, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter the Austin-based re­tailer sent the Texas Work­force Com­mis­sion.

Most of the em­ploy­ees cur­rently work­ing at the cater­ing kitchen, at 6201 Bolm Road in Austin, are ex­pected to find work at Whole Foods stores in the Austin area, a com­pany spokes­woman said.

In Cen­tral Texas, Whole Foods op­er­ates stores in Bee Cave, the Ar­bore­tum area in North­west Austin, The Do­main in North Austin, Ar­bor Trails in South­west Austin and its flag­ship lo­ca­tion in down­town Austin at 525 N. La­mar Blvd.

Whole Foods is one of Austin’s high­est-pro­file com­pa­nies, with 87,000 work­ers in more than 460 stores world­wide and about 2,500 em­ploy­ees in Cen­tral Texas.

Cater­ing ser­vices pro­vided af­ter the cen­tral­ized kitchen closes should be largely sim­i­lar to those cur­rently avail­able, the com­pany said.

“We’re shift­ing man­age­ment of cater­ing ser­vices in Austin to our five lo­cal stores, where culi­nary in­no­va­tion and pre­pared foods are a ma­jor fo­cus,” Whole Foods said in a writ­ten state­ment. “Af­ter May 1, each of our stores will work with cus­tomers across

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