Supervalu to sell Save-A-Lot chain for $1.37 billion

The deal is expected to close before the end of January

In this April 12, 2011 photo, shopper Andrew Boston leaves the Save-a-Lot grocery store with his purchases in Northfield, Ohio. Grocer Supervalu Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped 2 percent Thursday, April 14, 2011, partly weighed down by softer sales and store closings.
In this April 12, 2011 photo, shopper Andrew Boston leaves the Save-a-Lot grocery store with his purchases in Northfield, Ohio. Grocer Supervalu Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped 2 percent Thursday, April 14, 2011, partly weighed down by softer sales and store closings.(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

NEW YORK (AP) – Supervalu says it is selling its Save-A-Lot supermarket chain for $1.37 billion to Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp.

The deal is expected to close before the end of January.

Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, distributes grocery items to supermarkets and provides other services to them. The company also owns the Shop ‘N Save and Cub Foods chains. There are more than 1,300 Save-A-Lot grocery stores around the U.S.

Supervalu first announced plans to sell off Save-A-Lot last year to focus on growing its distribution business. Supervalu says it signed a five-year deal with Save-A-Lot to provide cloud technology, as well as payroll, finance and merchandising technology services.

Shares of Supervalu Inc. jumped 8 percent to $5.41 before the stock market opened Monday.

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