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Supervalu Cuts Affect Kirkwood-Based Shop 'n Save

See how cuts at the national retailer will affect us locally.

Job cuts at a national retailer based in Minnesota will translate into a few positions eliminated at Kirkwood-based Shop 'n Save supermarkets, according to news reports out on Tuesday.

Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, MN, announced on Tuesday it would cut about 1,100 positions—about 3 percent of its workforce. That will mean the headquarters of subsidiary Shop 'n Save in Kirkwood will trim about 20 positions, reducing its support center from 100 to 80 people, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The cuts come almost exactly a year after Shop 'n Save announced that 10 of its area stores would stop 24-hour service, including the Kirkwood store.

Customers may not notice the difference in service at their local stores. A report on CBS Marketwatch notes that the cuts at Shop 'n Save and Supervalu's other supermarket chains would generally not touch store-level employees and would instead focus on corporate and store support center offices.

"On Thursday, Supervalu completed the sale of Albertson's, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market to an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management," CBS Marketwatch reported. "Supervalu announced the sale in January, at which time it said that after the sale it would focus on its Save-A-Lot discount stores, as well as its smaller regional chains Cub, Farm Fresh, Shoppers, Shop 'n Save and Hornbacher's."

Are you a regular Shop 'n Save customer? Do you expect this to affect your shopping habits?

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