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Roundy's closing Stevens Point distribution center; almost 200 layoffs

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's largest grocery chain will close its distribution center in Stevens Point, putting almost 200 people out of work.

Roundy's told state officials Tuesday that most employees would be released by the end of August, and the shutdown would be complete by the end of September.

The company blames the closure on the sales of more than two dozen Roundy-owned stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul areas, which obtained its grocery items from the Stevens Point facility.

The firm said it would move the center's operations in phases to similar facilities in Oconomowoc and Mazomanie.

Media reports said Roundy's plans to revitalize its grocery business in southeast Wisconsin, where it has Pick-N-Save and Metro Market stores. The firm also plans to grow in the Chicago area.

Roundy's operates a total of 174 supermarkets and 110 pharmacies in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)