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Supervalu to Sell Jewel-Osco Stores

Deal is expected to be finalized this spring.

Jewel-Osco parent company Supervalu on Thursday announced it will sell the grocery store chain — along with its Albertsons, Acme, Shaw’s and Star Market chains — in a $3.3 billion deal.

Jewel-Osco’s Plainfield store is located at 13460 S. Route 59.

The grocery stores, plus affiliated in-store Osco and Sav-On pharmacies, are being sold to a consortium of investors led by Cerberus Capital Management, according to the Minnesota-based Supervalu.

The deal, which includes $100 million in cash and $3.2 billion in debt, is expected to close this spring, according to the Chicago Tribune. The five grocery store chains will be acquired by Cerberus affiliate AB Acquisition, the paper reported.

After the sale, Sam Duncan will replace current CEO Wayne Sales. Supervalu will continue to own its wholesale grocery business, the Save-A-Lot discount chain and grocery chains including Cub, Shop N’ Save and Hornbacher’s.

“The transactions announced today represent the successful culmination of the in-depth strategic review process we commenced this past summer,” outgoing CEO Sales said in a press release.

According to the Tribune, Supervalu reported a loss of $1.04 billion for fiscal year 2012, including a $519 million operating loss and a 3 percent decline in sales to $27.9 billion.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version that incorrectly stated that Jewel-Osco's sales declined $27.9 billion. According to the Chicago Tribune, sales have declined to $27.9 billion. We apologize for the error.

Grandpamike January 10, 2013 at 09:20 PM
@Stephanie You are quite correct. I noticed that a while back when I went there and the was absolutely no one in the store, plus the fact that all of the faces of employees I knew from years of shopping there were gone replaced with lower wage younger people. And yes, the "lower" pricing, was not.
MidwestGal January 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I REALLY hope this doesn't mean yet another empty Plainfield store. I do not care for Jewel - I do like Osco pharm - but I hope for shoppers, employees and residents, a store will still occupy that space.
Melody Lyman January 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Agree with MidwestGal. I hope another grocery store replaces Jewel to keep prices competitive. A Caputo's or a Food 4 Less would be nice.
Miguel Sanchez January 11, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I have been a loyal Jewel customer for many years. However, their recent "lower" pricing strategy insults my intelligence.
Stephanie G. January 11, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I don't think they'd let the store go empty. That's a prime location there at Caton Farm & 59.

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