Supervalu eliminating about 600 Minnesota jobsby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eden Prairie-based grocery giant Supervalu will cut about 1,100 positions from its national workforce, including about 600 in Minnesota, the company announced Tuesday.
The jobs include current positions, and open jobs that will not be filled represent about 10 percent of the cuts, company spokesman Mike Siemienas said. He said store level employees, such as cashiers, stock staff and department managers, are not affected by the job cuts.
"It's primarily jobs at our corporate and store-support center offices," he said.
Supervalu's announcement follows the sale of retailers Albertson's, Jewel, Acme and Shaws/Star Markets, as well as in-store pharmacies at Save-On and Osco.
The company still has 3,470 stores nationwide, including 1,950 independent stores serviced by Supervalu's distribution business, about 1,300 Save-A-Lot stores, and five regional retail banners.
Overall, the company has some 8,700 employees and 44 company-owned stores in Minnesota. Supervalu continues to operate Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.
"We're a smaller company," Siemienas said. "Supervalu is very confident in its future with the three core businesses that it has."
The company said employees whose positions are cut will be offered severance and outplacement services.