MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu here said the announcements this week that three of its corporate chains plan to close a total of 14 stores before the end of February were part of a deliberate effort by the distributor to eliminate negative operating costs before its starts its new fiscal year Feb. 27. "We announced these store closings to ensure that we can eliminate these negative operating costs and better position the company for a healthier start to our new fiscal year," Mike Siemienas, ...

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