Milwaukee-based retailer Roundy’s announced this week that it is closing its Stevens Point, Wis., distribution facility as a part of its sell-off of the Rainbow banner.

“The company stated that in connection with its recent announcement of the divestiture of its Rainbow stores in the Twin Cities area, it will close its Stevens Point distribution center. … A gradual phase-out of operations will occur and operations at the Stevens Point facility will cease entirely by September 30, 2014,” said a statement posted on the company’s website.

A spokesman from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development told the Stevens Point Journal that Roundy’s submitted a notice late Tuesday stating that all of the center’s 196 employees will be laid off by Sept. 13. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, half of the employees losing their jobs are warehouse workers and another 52 are drivers.

In its statement, the retailer said it will consolidate operations to other Wisconsin distribution facilities in Oconomowoc and Mazomanie.


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Roundy’s announced in May that it had entered into definitive agreements to sell 18 Rainbow stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. area for approximately $65 million.

The retailer operates 174 retail grocery stores under the Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s banners.

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