SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A new store-operating model that allows Big Y to run its supermarkets with fewer employees has resulted in a staff reduction at the privately owned chain, according to reports. Local newspapers said the company issued a statement to employees last week explaining that it had been testing the new store-operating model for a year. The statement did not specify the number of layoffs, although one source put the number at 300, apparently including one store that was closed. ...

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