Roundy's closing distribution center in Stevens Point
STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A grocery company has announced the closing of a food distribution center in central Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, Roundy's, a midwest supermarket company, announced it is closing the Copp's distribution center in Stevens Point. Roundy's operates grocery stores, such as Pick N' Save and Copp's.
Workers say nearly 200 people are employed there.
For nearly 26 years, Tim Zoromski has been employed as a warehouse worker at the Copp's distribution center.
But now that's all changing.
"It's rough," Zoromski said. "It's going to be rough."
Tuesday afternoon, employees at the center received a letter saying the site will be closing.
"Where are we going to be going, what are we going to do next?" said Zoromski. "We really have no idea."
In a statement released by Roundy's, the company said this is part of a gradual phase out process.
It said all operations at the center will end on September 30.
A spokesman says this closure follows the sale of its Rainbow grocery stores in Minnesota.
Zoromski says he doesn't know exactly what all these changes mean. He says he has a family at home to support and there's still many questions that linger.
"How long is our insurance going to last or is it going to run out?" he said. "Is it going to be part of our severance package?"
According to the workers' termination letter, most of the layoffs will happen between August 30 and September 13.
Until then, Zoromski says he's going to do his best to get his affairs in order.
"To have to start all over again, it's difficult," he said. "It's going to be difficult, but you're just going have to keep your chin up."
Roundy's statement says the company is consolidating its distribution centers to its two other locations in Oconomowoc and Mazomanie.
STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Roundy's, a leading grocery store chain in the Upper Midwest, said Tuesday it was closing its distribution center in Stevens Point, eliminating dozens of jobs.
Operations will be phased out by Sept. 30 following the sale of its Rainbow stores in Minnesota, James Hyland, a vice president for investor relations and a spokesman for the company, said in a statement.
Workers leaving the Stevens Point plant Tuesday afternoon said they were told about the move earlier in the day.
Roundy's has three distribution centers in Wisconsin, the largest having 1.1 million square feet in Oconomowoc, its website says. The Stevens Point center features 405,000 square feet and the site in Mazomanie has 210,000 square feet.
Roundy's, founded in 1872 in Milwaukee, has 174 grocery stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, under names such as Pick 'n Save, Copps and Rainbow, and 110 pharmacies.
It employs about 26,000 workers.
The company declined comment Tuesday on how many work in Stevens Point.
In May, Roundy's announced it was selling 18 of its Rainbow grocery stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul.