STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Copps and Roundy’s grocery distribution center at Stevens Point will close by the end of August, putting 196 people out of work.
Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development gets notices of mass layoffs and closings. The Department confirmed that Roundy’s filed the notice with them in writing July 1st. The 405,000 square foot grocery distribution facility will soon be empty, releasing most workers by August 31st. There will be some minor activity at the site until the end of September.
Roundy’s Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications James Hyland could not be reached for comment. Roundy’s officials did release a statement late Tuesday afternoon saying, “Roundy’s, Inc. (“Roundy’s”) (NYSE: RNDY), a leading grocer in the Midwest, today announced the closure of its Stevens Point, WI distribution facility. 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. The company will consolidate operations to its Oconomowoc, WI and Mazomanie, WI distribution facilities. A gradual phase-out of operations will occur and operations at the Stevens Point facility will cease entirely by September 30, 2014.”
Twenty-seven Roundy’s owned stores were recently sold to SuperValu. Nine other stores were sold to independent grocers. The stores that were sold were serviced by the Stevens Point distribution center. The remaining stores serviced by the Stevens Point facility will be served from the 1.1 million square foot Oconomowoc and the 210,000 square foot Mazomanie distribution sites.
Roundy's was founded in Milwaukee in 1872 and operates 174 Roundy’s, Copps, Rainbow, and Pick ‘n Save grocery stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.