No job cuts at local distribution centers

No job cuts at local distribution centers

URBANA — Supervalu plans changes in its independent business division that will result in a net loss of 80 jobs, but a company spokesman said none of those cuts will come at Supervalu's distribution center in Urbana or the W. Newell produce distribution center in Champaign.

Under plans announced Thursday, the Supervalu division that serves independent grocers will consolidate from three regions to two regions.

The Midwest Region, which has been based in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., will consolidate with the Northern Region, based in Hopkins, Minn.

Together, they will form a new Western Region, based in Hopkins, to which the distribution centers in Champaign-Urbana will report. It will be led by Bill Chew, who had overseen the Midwest Region.

The East Region will continue to be based in Mechanicsville, Va., and be led by Kevin Kemp.

Supervalu said it will reduce the workforce for its independent business regional teams by 200 positions.

But it also plans to fill about 120 new independent business positions, resulting in a net reduction of about 80 jobs.

When asked how that would affect the Champaign and Urbana centers, company spokesman Jeff Swanson said there would be "no change in the distribution centers."

"Essentially, we will move jobs and positions to the two new regions, resulting in larger offices in the East and West regions to support more stores and customers," he said.

Minnesota-based Supervalu serves more than 1,800 independent stores through its food distribution business. The company also serves more than 1,300 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 954 are operated by licensee owners. The company also operates 190 traditional retail grocery stores.

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