Meijers chief executive officer told employees Thursday that he was considering leaving the company amid the ongoing fallout from the fallout from its controversial decision to pull the plug on a popular grocery delivery service.
In a note to employees, Chip Meijerman, chief executive of Meijar, wrote, “I have spent too much time and energy on this business and have lost sight of what matters most to Meijermers customers.
I’ve lost all trust in the ability of the Meijerkart brand to continue to grow and to be successful in the future.
I have taken this opportunity to seriously evaluate my options and I have made the decision that I will be stepping down as CEO effective immediately.”
He did not elaborate on what that might mean, saying it was too early to tell.
“Meijers parent company, Meijercost, said in a statement Thursday that it had hired a new chief operating officer and is “actively working with Meijeri to ensure its operations are operating efficiently and effectively in the near-term.
“Chip Meijler told employees that he is “aware of the ongoing events and is focused on being a positive force for our company in the coming weeks,” the company said.
Meijercore said it had received “substantial” inquiries about Meijerners plans to close the delivery service, including that from the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which issued a statement condemning the retailer’s decision.
The Chamber also said it was disappointed that Meijerbots decision “undermines the strong relationship” the company has with the Chamber.
Mejercore has been under intense scrutiny for months over Meijerd’s decision to stop delivering groceries to many stores.
Meisjeers stock has dropped 20 percent since Meijerr’s remarks Thursday.