Fifteen people were laid off from Laurel Grocery, effective Monday, as the company expands its operations in Ohio.

The layoffs were announced last week.

President and CEO Jim Buchanan said the company bought a 275,000-square-foot warehouse in Dennison, Ohio, about nine months ago with the intention that it would offset the overcrowding in the London warehouse.

“We’ve been operating at over 100 percent capacity in our warehouse,” he said. “We had people running into each other and it was just not a good situation. We’re just in a position where we can move some volume in that warehouse.”

With products now being stored in the Ohio warehouse, Laurel Grocery needed less help in the London warehouse, spurring the layoffs.

In turn, about 30 people were hired to work in the Dennison space. Buchanan said none of the London employees filled those positions.

Buchanan said the layoffs may not be permanent.

“We probably will be bringing some people back as we bring up our business,” he said.

About 425 people work for Laurel Grocery in London, 325 to 350 of whom work in the warehouse.

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