Supervalu Subsidiary Shaw’s Lays Off 700 Workers

The layoffs are the latest in a series of job cuts this year, and they will occur at stores in New England states.

Struggling grocery retailer Supervalu, Inc., recently announced plans to cut about 700 store-level positions from its Shaw’s Supermarkets subsidiary.

The cuts will occur at 169 Shaw’s and Star Market stores in New England states. The layoffs are the latest in a series of job cuts announced by Eden Prairie-based Supervalu; this year, the company has announced plans to cut up to 2,500 Albertsons store employees, 39 marketing jobs, and 85 IT employees. The company also said earlier this year that it would shutter 60 stores, although it didn't disclose the associated job cuts at the time.

Regarding the recent cuts at Shaw’s, the subsidiary’s president, Mike Stigers, said in a statement that the reductions are “the necessary step for us to take to help improve our business, reduce expenses, and reinvest in more customer-facing initiatives.”

“As we continue to look at the best ways to achieve success, we recognized an opportunity to align our work force to more effectively serve the marketplace by scheduling team members more appropriately to serve customers at the times they shop,” Stigers added.

The Star Tribune reported that Shaw’s employs 17,000 and is one of the biggest grocery chains in the Boston market. Read more about the layoffs in the Star Tribune here.

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