To retrain Utah workers displaced due to layoffs and grocery store closures, Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin has awarded Utah officials $1 million under Title III of the Job Training Partnership Act.

The money goes to the Wasatch South Front Service Delivery Area and Salt Lake County's Division of Job Training and Development to assist up to 391 retail food workers dislocated due to the statewide closures of Farmer Jack Food Stores, said Luis Sepulveda, regional administrator for employment and training.The counties affected are Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Iron, Juab, Salt Lake, Sevier, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington and Weber. Workers will receive job search assistance, classroom training, on-the-job training, relocation assistance and direct placement.

Borman Inc., a Detroit-based grocery store chain, purchased the 61-store Salt Lake division from Safeway Inc. in April 1987 for $75 million, but announced in early 1988 that it intended to sell the division. Many of the stores have been sold to other grocery store chains, but stores in Riverton and West Jordan are temporarily open, company officials said.

Sepulveda said the two-tier project will offer services to those job ready and with transferable skills, and provide for those in need of more intensive retraining and job development skills.