Residents in Hyde Park have started sending e-mail and letters to Shaw's to try to get April Ricci re-instated as manager of the Hyde Park Avenue store.
The chain, owned by Albertsons of Boise, ID, recently transferred Ricci to a store in Waltham.
Ricci was way more in the public eye than your average supermarket manager, in fact, was a regular contributor to the Hyde Park Facebook group, where she would keep people updated on efforts to upgrade the store, from parking-lot repaving to a recent overall renovation project that ended in a "grand re-opening." Residents also praised her for contributions to the community, such as this year's Juneteenth celebrations and for making a point of hiring local residents for the store.
In a letter posted on the Facebook group, Marcia Kim-Jackson of the West Fairmount Community Group called her "a lifeline and a leader in this community."
One shopper told Shaw's today there might not be any reason for her to return to an April-less store:
Please keep April in Hyde Park! Please do not transfer her to Waltham! She turned your store around is a valued member of our community. Many of us returned to Shaw’s after a long absence due to April’s efforts. I’m inclined to shop elsewhere without April at the helm.