Roundup: Supervalu to cut 1,100; T-Mobile to sell iPhone 5; more
Supervalu eliminating about 1,100 positions
Supervalu is eliminating about 1,100 positions nationwide, or about 3 percent of its workforce, less than a week after the supermarket operator completed the sale of five of its grocery chains. The company said on Tuesday that sale of the five grocery chains means that the remaining business will need “significantly fewer” corporate and store support roles and functions. The reductions at Supervalu will include current jobs and open positions that won't be filled. The job eliminations will occur at nearly all company offices and across most departments. But store-level employees and the Save-A-Lot chain are generally not affected by the reductions, with more emphasis on corporate and store support center offices. Supervalu has about 3,470 stores in the United States and about 35,000 employees.
T-Mobile to offer iPhone 5
T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what its CEO said was “a huge void” in its phone lineup. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national phone companies, has been losing customers to the bigger companies, which all sell the iPhone. “This is a big deal for us,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said at an event in New York. T-Mobile is charging $100 up front for the iPhone 5, then another $20 per month for two years. That's on top of service fees for voice, text and data that start at $50 per month. The total monthly cost starts at $70 per month, a substantial discount to prices offered by bigger companies.
Restaurant set in Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville's newest restaurant – Jeff Catalina's Tender Bar + Kitchen – will hold its grand opening on April 5 in the former Arsenal Bank Building, 4300 Butler St. The restaurant will offer a Gatsby-era atmosphere with regional American cuisine. Jason Carr, Tender's general manager, was formerly the general manager at Verde, a dinner and Sunday brunch-only restaurant on Penn Avenue in Garfield. Jeff and his wife, Erin, named the restaurant after the bank (as in legal tender) and had to open the steel safes in six vaults prior to opening the restaurant.
Other business news
• Westinghouse Electric Co., Cranberry, said its Springfields nuclear fuel manufacturing plant in England has shipped its first batch of light water reactor fuel assemblies to France. They were delivered to a power station in the northern part of the country owned by EDF, Westinghouse's largest customer.