MONTVALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The A&P grocery store chain has told nearly 4,000 workers at 45 New Jersey stores that they face layoffs on Thanksgiving Day.

The Montvale-based company plans to sell the stores under its pending bankruptcy plan. Many of the stores are being sold to Stop & Shop and Acme Markets.

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The notices are required under state law.

As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, it was hardly news that people wanted to hear would be happening just before the holidays.

“We’re constantly in contact with our members trying to place as many people as we can,” said John Nicollai, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 464A.

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He said one of the workers he spoke to is on cancer medication.

“That cancer medication costs $8,000 per month. Her payment in order to get that is only $5,” Nicollai said.

He said for the cancer patient, being laid off was not a matter of trying to find another job, but a matter of staying alive.

A&P in July told another 867 workers at eight stores in New Jersey that they face layoffs on Sept. 19.

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