Supervalu completes sale of its 4 biggest chains

  • Article by: Steve Alexander , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 8:35 PM

The deal leaves the company betting heavily on its wholesale business and Cub stores.

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joe_mnMar. 21, 13 9:03 AM

Sold for $3.3B? They bought them for much more? $10B or? Good work there.

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elmi0001Mar. 21, 13 9:11 AM

Ultimately my decision to move away from Cub was due to their low quality fruits, vegetables, and meats. I find higher quality at Costco and Super Target for cheaper or the same price.

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reader2580Mar. 21, 1310:03 AM

Shouldn't the headline say they finalized the sale of the four chains? At first I thought someone was recycling an old story since the sale was announced weeks ago.

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bucko763Mar. 21, 1310:49 AM

I have always stuck with CUB Foods as I like shopping there much more than I do Target or Walmart. I will never degrade myself to shop at Walmart as I don't like how they operate their businesses or pass on expenses to taxpayers that they should be covering. The few times that I have shopped at Target has been frustrating as they have such a limited selection of products. I would always end up at CUB Foods anyway as they have everything that The fruits, vegetables and meats are the highest quality when I have compared them to other grocery stores. CUB Foods also gives a lot back to the community which is very important to our family. I have recently noticed that, since the announced sale, their prices have really improved.

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gurquhartMar. 21, 1310:57 AM

I agree with bucko763 that I won't degrade myself to buy groceries at WalMart. Actually I try to avoid buying anything at all there-- I hate even stepping into one of the stores, it makes me feel depressed. I don't mind shopping groceries at Target, but I think Cub's produce is better than Target's, unlike what someone else said here. When I buy oranges at Target, it seems as if they're usually tasteless while those at Cub are almost always better. But for the items that are available there, Costco is hard to beat overall, for quality or of course price.

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tsblodMar. 21, 1311:19 AM

I concur - I'm a loyal Cub shopper. I've tried the other stores in my area - Target, Rainbow, Festival. What I like about Cub is that their sale items are clearly marked, as is the price per unit on just about all their products, making it easy to comparison shop. Hands down, their cashiers are the most efficient of all the stores I've been at in my area. Like the others, I avoid Walmart at all costs

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holtjanMar. 21, 1312:22 PM

It has to depend on the Cub that you shop at. I do not shop at the Cub 2 miles from my house - the store is awful, shelves not stocked, bakery stuff empty at noon, rude cashiers, etc. But I do shop at a Cub 10 miles away that is good. Just have to take the long way home from work. Rainbows are the same, some good - some awful. I have not found a bad Festival out of the four I stop at. I work a distance from home so there are options, just depends on which way I go. The stores in the "upper income" areas seem to be the best for any chain. Those of us who live in a "first/second ring" suburb get second best it seems.

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gjacobMar. 21, 1312:31 PM

If you want to experience disappointment, buy a steak at Cub. While Costco's, Sam's Club's and Target's will melt in your mouth, Cub's steaks have more industrial applications.

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pjhawk95Mar. 21, 13 2:27 PM

Why is anyone buying their meat at Target (yuck) when right on their packaging it notes the steaks are injected with a sodium solution. And yes I never step foot in a Wal-mart either.

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mn2niceMar. 21, 13 7:02 PM

I have both shopped at and worked at a Walmart in the cities, and now that I live away from the cities I am finding the store I have gone to a few times since I moved is terrible for groceries. Very poor selection and the quality just isn't there. Also very poor presentation. When asked about a product not seen on the shelf, I get answers that make me think they don't even know their own store. I think they need to revamp some of their market research too, because often what they think will sell in a community is not the case. Turnover amongst middle management in the stores is very high. When you add up all of thses things and more, it is easy to see why so many people are staying clear of Walmart.

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