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    Supervalu Trimming Albertsons Corporate Footprint by Half

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu, Inc. here said yesterday it is cutting its footprint in Boise to five buildings down from 10, as part of an ongoing corporate transition in the wake of the Albertsons acquisition last year, which is also substantially paring down the staff.

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu, Inc. here said yesterday it is cutting its footprint in Boise to five buildings down from 10, as part of an ongoing corporate transition in the wake of the Albertsons acquisition last year, which is also substantially paring down the staff.

    Prior to the transaction, Albertsons had about 2,350 corporate employees in Boise. By the end of this summer, when the transition is complete, Supervalu will have about 1,700 corporate employees in Boise.

    The departures have included executives whose positions were duplicative, as well as 400 merchandising and marketing employees whose jobs were moved to Supervalu's suburban Minneapolis headquarters.

    Supervalu spokeswoman Haley Meyer told Progressive Grocer the changes "will create a new energy and enhance the ability of our corporate and Intermountain West Division staff to collaborate." The division continues to be a major business unit for the company, said Meyer.

    "Creating a cohesive team atmosphere is of utmost importance to the Supervalu leadership team, who believes this transition will help facilitate and maximize communication across the company," she added.

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