Daniels Sentry Foods in Janesville is closing, but a new owner will convert the business to an IGA grocery store.


A Janesville grocery store will be changing hands.

Daniels Foods Sentry is closing its doors at 2822 E. Milwaukee St. on Aug. 15, but a new owner will reopen the store the next day, Daniels Foods general manager Ken Riley told The Gazette.

Riley said Sentry will lay off all 49 employees, but he expects most will be hired by the new owner.

“The main thing is the jobs will be retained,” Riley said.

“We all know that in today’s workforce when you have people there, you want to retain as many as possible,” he said.

Riley declined to name the buyer but described him as a Wisconsin person “who has been in the grocery business all his life.”

Sentry employees were told Friday about the changes coming.

“It was tough,” Riley said. “It’s one of those things that’s obviously necessary, and we wanted them to hear it before we sent the letters out.”

As required by state statutes, Riley sent a letter notifying the state Department of Workforce Development of the impending layoffs.

Riley said no changes are planned for the Sentry stores owned and operated by Daniels Foods at 2501 W. Court St., Janesville, or 681 Kenosha St., Walworth.

Daniels Foods has operated the Sentry at the East Milwaukee Street location since 2004.

“It’s been a struggle on the east side,” Riley said. “Our No. 1 focus was to try and retain jobs.”

Riley’s letter was attached to a Wisconsin Business Closing and Mass Layoff notice issued Tuesday afternoon by the state Department of Workforce Development. The notice indicates laid-off workers could get help from the department with resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies and budgeting.

“DOJ (Daniels of Janesville) appreciates the loyalty of our employees,” Riley’s letter reads. “DOJ will ensure that all terminated employees will be paid earned wages and benefits upon termination of employment.”

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