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Kroger Closing Mich. DC

A warehouse facility leased by Kroger and operated by employees of Supervaluís Advantage Logistics subsidiary in Livonia, Mich., is closing at the end of the month, bringing to fruition Cincinnati-based Krogerís plan, announced in January, to would terminate its agreement with Advantage Logistics.

The move will put 366 employees of Advantage Logistics out of work, constituting the largest layoff in the state so far this year.

The Kroger-leased Livonia facility had been supplying the chainís metro Detroit stores. Krogerís contract with Advantage Logistics expired in early 2008, and the chain began moving its Michigan inventory to its Delaware, Ohio facility over a year ago and should have all of it in place by the end of this month.

Kroger recently established a new Michigan retail division, headquartered in Novi, to focus on its growth in the state and its 138 stores the company currently operates there.
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