Twelve Rainbow Foods stores closing


HOPKINS (AP) -- Fleming Cos. plans to close 12 Rainbow Foods stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin by June 10.
The 12 stores, and one that has already closed, were not among the 31 Rainbow supermarkets that Pewaukee, Wis.-based Roundy's Inc. has offered to buy from financially troubled Fleming.
Pat Liska, president of Hopkins-based Rainbow Foods, said stores were informed of the pending closings Wednesday night and Thursday.
The four stores scheduled for closing on May 31 include the two Rainbows in Rochester; one of the two stores in Blaine, and one in Wausau, Wis. Another store, in St. Louis Park, closed two weeks ago.
The eight stores scheduled for closing on June 10 include stores in Albert Lea, Faribault, Mankato and St. Cloud in greater Minnesota, plus Oak Park Heights, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and one of the three stores in Plymouth in the metro area.
The number of employees affected by the planned closings was not immediately available.
Roundy's has offered $82.5 million, plus assumptions of leases, to acquire the 31 other stores. They are all in the Twin Cities area except for one in Weston, Wis.