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Supervalu cutting 1,100 jobs

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3 percent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains.

The company said Tuesday that sale of the five grocery chains means that the remaining business will need "significantly fewer" corporate and store support roles and functions.

The reductions at Supervalu will include current jobs and open positions that won't be filled. The job eliminations will occur at nearly all company offices and across most departments.

But store-level employees and the Save-A-Lot chain are generally not affected by the reductions, with more emphasis on corporate and store support center offices. Supervalu has a distribution operation in Milton.

Supervalu has about 3,470 stores in the U.S. and approximately 35,000 employees. The company said that the final working dates for employees whose positions are being eliminated will vary, as it depends on the needs of the business and the areas they support. Those workers whose jobs are eliminated will be offered severance and outplacement services.

President and CEO Sam Duncan said in a statement that it was a difficult decision for the company to make, but a necessary step toward rebuilding the business.

"This move is an important part of our strategy to be more focused and efficient in our operations, including how we staff and support our three business units going forward," he said.

On Thursday Supervalu completed on the sale of Albertson's, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management.

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