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MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu broke ground on a project to expand its 34,000-square-foot Boise, Idaho data center by another 26,000 square feet, as part of the ongoing consolidation of its operations with former Albertsons assets.
"This is a natural step for Supervalu as we continue to harness the efficiencies across the company by consolidating data center functions into one primary location," Paul Singer, Supervalu's c.i.o., was quoted as saying in local press reports.
Construction on the expansion is expected to get underway soon, with the goal of completing the project by spring 2009. The expansion is unlikely to create any additional jobs, since much of the data center is automated and the existing staff is expected to be able to handle the increased data load, added Singer.
The company has two data centers; one in Boise and another at its Eden Prairie, Minn., headquarters, which Singer said the company had originally planned to consolidate following its acquisition of the premiere Albertsons banners in June 2006. However, the company later decided to expand its Boise site, which had room for expansion, while the Eden Prairie site -- which will be used for research and development -- didn't.