Supervalu, Minneapolis, said Thursday it is shuffling several executives as it converts its wholesale division from three regions to two.
Mike Stigers, who has been president of Supervalu’s former northern region, based in Hopkins, Minn., has been named president of the 67-store Cub Foods chain based in Stillwater, Minn.
At Cub he succeeds Brian Audette, who will become senior vice president of merchandising,and sales for Supervalu’s wholesale division — a new position.
As previously announced, Bill Chew, who has been president of the company’s Midwest region in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., will become president of the company’s new West region, based in Hopkins; and Kevin Kemp, who has been president of the company’s north region in Mechanicsville, Va., will remain there, though the operation will become Supervalu’s East region.
Supervalu services 1,834 independent stores. The company said the West region will encompass approximately 1,000, while the East region will include approximately 800-plus stores.
The consolidation of three regions into two is being done to reduce costs, Supervalu, said, though a spokesman declined to pinpoint the savings, saying, “We would discuss any financial benefits as part of future earnings calls.”
He told SN the company does not expect any disruptions in service as it shuts down the Pleasant Prairie operation. The streamlining will result in 200 jobs being eliminated during a transition period. However, Supervalu said 120 new positions will be created in the new East and West regions to support additional stores, and employees in the Pleasant Prairie office are being encouraged to apply for those positions.
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