SUPERVALU laying off 80 workers in ar...

SUPERVALU laying off 80 workers in area. - wtvr

There are 12 comments on the WTVR story from Mar 2, 2010, titled SUPERVALU laying off 80 workers in area. - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

The buyout of Ukrop's has resulted in some job losses by other companies in our area.

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Worried

Petersburg, VA

#1 Mar 2, 2010
I don't understand the numbers. 13% sales and 80 jobs? How does that add up. How many total employees are there at SUPERVALU?
Quiet in Va

Decatur, GA

#2 Mar 2, 2010
The employees being laid off are mostly warehouse and/or office employees that dealt specifically with Ukrops. This comes to about 30% of the warehouse employees, about 1 out every 3 to 4 employees are losing there jobs in the warehouse. I am not sure how many employees SuperValu has but this is not good for our economy. The numbers come to about 240 to 320 total employees at SuperValu, not including the employees in transportation (drivers and misc. employees) which at the present will not be affected by this layoff. Myself will not be shopping at any of the Giant Food Stores/ Martin's stores that will take the place of Ukrops, I will continue to shop at SuperValu stores like Shoppers and Farm Fresh to support US run businesses. Giant Food Stores is owned by Ahold/ Royal Ahold out of the Netherlands, so basically another non-US company taking control of US business. My heart goes out to the employees and there families that will be affected by this.
I smell a foul

Chester, VA

#3 Mar 2, 2010
Supervalu new this was coming. I just don't understand why they could not buy Ukrops. Maybe it was the 12.5 billion they use to by Albertsons. They are still paying for that dumb move. Now these people are out of a job. The people that will probably get laid off will be orderselectors, lift operaters, and some drivers. Lets pray and hope for the best.
Quiet in Va

Decatur, GA

#4 Mar 2, 2010
Sorry I smell a foul, no drivers are going in this lay off. Ukrops had there own drivers and many were offered jobs with Ahold. My husband is a driver for SuperValu and if anything this will be better for the SuperValu drivers if there is any effect at all. SuperValu had considered buying Ukrops but chose not to. SuperValu is making some changes for the better of the company. They did a small lay off of drivers back last year and are now currently calling some of these back. I would rather see SuperValu buy a company and not some overseas company therefore taking more money out of our already hurting economy. The SuperValu drivers are protected by the Union if they chose to be members, the warehouse and office workers are not Union. Who knows, if SuperValu has openings they may offer jobs to some. You are right, SuperValu knew this was coming and so did the employees that dealt with Ukrops, they have known for months so many could have been searching for jobs and many may have something lined up. SuperValu may do them like they did the laid of drivers, they were able to get unemployment right away. Many may be retiring, as they have probably been with the company long enough to retire. SuperValu purchased Albertsons for $9.7, Ahold paid $140 million for Ukrops, that is a big difference that cannot be compared.
Greg Davis

Grand Rapids, MI

#5 Mar 2, 2010
We knew changes were coming but no one looked into this deeply enough. Will we outsource as many jobs as possable. No disrespect to the Ukrops family but this tends to be what America has become. Make a profit at the community's expense. Make a profit at the futures expense! Make a profit at the employees expense! Make a profit at the Girls Scouts expense! The Ukrops family had a right to sell to whomever they want but I recomment we stop shopping at their previous stores!
I smell a foul

Chester, VA

#6 Mar 2, 2010
I feel that it will be 8-10 office and 70 warehouse. 35 on each side. That is alot of people.
Robby j

Richmond, VA

#7 Mar 2, 2010
I guess the dropping of the letter E from thier name last year during thier first rounds of cuts did not save like they thought it would.
supervalu employed

Atlanta, GA

#8 Mar 2, 2010
I work at supervalu it is over 2500 people workin their. and to fill you in, truck drivers will be laid. they told us today in the meeting that everyone will be feeling it. even the people who dont work here. i will not be shopping their either its just to low.
Ex-Associate

Richmond, VA

#9 Mar 3, 2010
I for one am glad that Ahold was the one to win the bid to buy Ukrop's. SV bought Albertson’s and is still feeling it in the wallet. They would not have the capital to update the store Giant/Martin’s does. SV would have hacked and slashed the labor force, gotten rid of the long time associates in favor of cheaper less experienced help. Anyone been to the Farm Fresh’s in Norfolk????? Yes, Ukrop’s superior customer service was waning toward the end, but that has more to do with the work ethic of the younger generation that is now seeking jobs. The Giant / Martin’s associates will be treated better (than with SV) and be better compensated. That means it will benefit the local economy.
As for the girl scouts, give me a break. When we were younger and fund raising for sports and such, we didn’t stand in front of a store and sell. We had to go door to door; it taught work ethic (see above). When my son is fund raising for baseball this year, we will be going door to door. Next time you see the girl scouts selling in front of a store look closer at who is really doing the selling. Most of the time it’s the parents, while little “Susie” is off to the side talking to her friends drinking a juice box. By the way, I didn’t see it on any news coverage about the Scout’s but Giant/Martin’s did buy 1000 boxes of cookie to give to the Food Bank. I think Giant/Martin’s motto is “Living Here/Giving Here”; they just moved in, lets give them a chance to settle in before we pass judgment. I for one will give them time to adjust coming farther south, plus it will drive the Food Lions and Kroger’s to step up their games.
Co3da

Harrisburg, PA

#10 May 13, 2010
The drivers love it already all you that say Ahold is Dutch based are incorrect they one time were since have moved to carlisle. Supervalu needs to re analyze what they are doing or they will lose farm fresh as well. The albertsons sale sunk them, my heart goes out to supervalu employees.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#11 May 13, 2010
Greg Davis wrote:
We knew changes were coming but no one looked into this deeply enough. Will we outsource as many jobs as possable. No disrespect to the Ukrops family but this tends to be what America has become. Make a profit at the community's expense. Make a profit at the futures expense! Make a profit at the employees expense! Make a profit at the Girls Scouts expense! The Ukrops family had a right to sell to whomever they want but I recomment we stop shopping at their previous stores!
That'll work for the short run, then the teaSHOPlicans will be right back.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#12 May 13, 2010
Co3da wrote:
The drivers love it already all you that say Ahold is Dutch based are incorrect they one time were since have moved to carlisle. Supervalu needs to re analyze what they are doing or they will lose farm fresh as well. The albertsons sale sunk them, my heart goes out to supervalu employees.
They purchased Albertsons before the great economic slump, way to go stock holders.

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