The Copps distribution facility on Wayne Street in Stevens Point, employs approximately 200 people and occupies several buildings, stretching along that street from Minnesota Avenue to Park Ridge.
Roundy’s Inc. said the closure comes in conjunction with its recent announcement of the sale of 27 Rainbow Foods stores in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., area. The company will consolidate operations to its Oconomowoc and Mazomanie distribution facilities.
With the sale of the stores in Minnesota – which were primarily serviced by the Stevens Point distribution center – demand for distribution is down and the company is downsizing.
Roundy’s – which bought Copps Corp. in 2001 after buying 100 percent of its stock – relinquished its distribution of IGA stores to SUPERVALU INC. in 2005, which reduced Roundy’s presence in the Midwest.
The sale of Rainbow and consolidation of distribution centers will further reduce Roundy’s presence in smaller markets throughout Wisconsin and Minneapolis.
Roundy’s said it will begin the process Aug. 30 and the 405,000-square-foot Stevens Point will permanently close and all employees will be terminated no later than Sept. 13.
In a notification letter sent to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Don Rosanove, Roundy’s vice president of operations, said “Due to the nature of the business, transportation, warehouse logistics and turnover of the inventory, it is foreseeable that many employees will be terminated prior to Aug. 30.”
He also said that workers who lose their jobs before the Aug. 30 “phase-out” launch date will still receive regular pay and benefits from the date they are let go to Aug. 30.
Roundy’s operates 174 retail grocery stores and 110 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.