Donald Greene, the beloved and well respected assistant manager at Fresh & Green’s in Chestertown — going back to the Super Fresh days — has been rehired as the top manager at Fresh & Green’s in Cambridge.
Many residents made strong protests to Fresh & Green’s for letting Donald go, and the parent company has responded by elevating Donald to run the store in Cambridge in the top management position.
Below is the response from Fresh & Green’s parent company, The Natural Markets Food Group, that went out to local residents who strongly protested Donald’s termination.
I wanted to take a moment to send each of you an e-mail regarding one of our former and current associates Donald Greene from our Chestertown, Md. Fresh & Green Store.
Many of you wrote our company regarding our layoff of Donald in mid-March. Your concerns were mainly testament to Donald as an example of exceptional customer service. At the Natural Markets Food Group, we are very concerned about all of our associates and we never take lightly decisions like those that we made in March.
Donald recently re-joined our company as a store manager and although we wanted to place him in Chestertown, he has accepted current assignment in our Cambridge store.
I just wanted to take a moment to follow-up with all of you. We are very happy to welcome Donald in his new role as a store manager.
VP of Operations
The Natural Markets Food Group
Lately, rumors are abound that Fresh and Greens is closing up shop in Chestertown due to sluggish sales that caused the store’s corporate owner, Natural Market Restaurant Corp of Ontario, to terminate employees with a close connection to the community.
“There have been some tough times,” said an employee who chose anonymity. “But we are not going anywhere, we are going to be here for a long time.”
Local shoppers have voiced concern about the termination of one of the store’s managers, Donald Greene, Jr., who has been a friendly bedrock fixture at the store for many years since it was a Super Fresh.
The Spy will keep a close watch for any new developments.