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Supervalu management yesterday circulated the following statement within the company:

"Nick Bertram, will join Jewel-Osco as senior vice president of Operations on July 30. Nick comes to Jewel-Osco from Walmart, where he most recently served as the Pennsylvania Regional Manager for the company with responsibility for 12 markets and 95 stores in one of Walmart’s most successful U.S. regions. Nick has been with Walmart since 2001, starting as a stocker and holding positions of increasing responsibility including store manager, regional operations support director, market (district) manager and more. He has a bachelor’s of business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a MBA from the University of Phoenix."
KC's View:
Bringing in another person from Walmart may not go over well at the beleaguered Supervalu. One reader there told me, "It's all shocking. Everyday we're told to keep our heads down and work like we've never worked before and then you see this announcement on our internal message board ... I am starting to side with the conspiracy theorists. You would think, that of all companies, WM! would have a Non-Compete Policy for Directors and above. I know we have it at SVU. When Herkert came to us he didn't have much (if any) time off in between...coincidence???

"I'm sick about the loss of my company. As someone who's been fighting the good fight for 20+ years it's sad to see it go down this way..."

The conspiracy theory, in case you missed it, suggests that Walmart is sending all these people over to Supervalu to kill it off, and then will reward them with even better jobs and maybe even a parade in downtown Bentonville.