Sale of Grocery Store - Labor Requirements and Rights for Owners and Employees

After a grocery store is sold, the former owner and new owner must notify the store’s workers about the change in ownership and their employment rights.

Following a sale, the new owner is required to keep all of the existing staff employed at the store for at least 90 days after the date of sale. After 90 days, the new owner can decide whether or not to keep any of the existing workers as employees.

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) can answer any questions owners or workers might have about these requirements by emailing grocerylaw@dca.nyc.gov. Owners can also submit questions through live online chat.