Supervalu cutting 50 more jobs

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2012 - 9:15 PM
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Supervalu Inc. is cutting another 50 jobs -- all in information technology -- at its corporate campus in Eden Prairie.

The reduction is part of an IT restructuring and comes in addition to about 200 local white-collar job cuts that Supervalu announced in February.

The struggling supermarket giant, which earlier this week ousted its chief executive, Craig Herkert, has also announced several store-level layoffs in the past 18 months.

Last week, before Herkert's exit, Supervalu internally notified its IT workforce of a reorganization that would cost 85 jobs nationally, including 50 in Eden Prairie.

The reorganization is aimed at making Supervalu's IT employees more generalists than specialists, Supervalu spokesman Jeff Swanson said. "The company is creating positions where associates wear multiple hats."

Supervalu has about 3,000 corporate employees in the Twin Cities, most of whom work directly for the company. Some also work at the Stillwater headquarters of Cub Foods, a Supervalu-owned chain.

In February, Supervalu said it would cut 800 corporate jobs nationwide -- positions in areas such as finance, IT and merchandising -- including about 200 in the Twin Cities. As part of that layoff, almost 150 Supervalu IT jobs nationwide were outsourced to other countries.

About 200 part-time workers at Cub, the Twin Cities' largest grocery chain, were laid off in 2011.

Mike Hughlett • 612-673-7003

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