Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Of Food, Beverages And Tobacco
46.39 - Non-specialised wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco

500 - 550 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2015
Foreseen end date
1 April 2016


Supermarket cooperative, Coop, is to cut its administrative and logistics staff in Norway by 500-550 employees following the acquisition of supermarket chain Ica. The restructuring will reduce the logistics staff by about 300 full time positions and from 200 to 250 full time positions will be cut in administration. Both departments currently employs 2000.

Both Coop and Ica have struggled with falling market shares in Norway over the past few years. Coop's acquisition of Ica's 550 supermarkets was finalised in March, making Coop the second largest group in this market. The restructuring process is already ongoing, and several employees have received dismissals or severance packages. The company expects the restructuring to be completed by April next year. Union representative Johnny Sletvold in Ica says that while it is tragic that up to 550 people will lose their jobs, the situation would not necessarily be better if Coop did not buy Ica, as the company was struggling financially.


  • 12 June 2015: Dagens Næringsliv
  • 12 June 2015: E24


Eurofound (2015), Coop Norge, Merger/Acquisition in Norway, factsheet number 83688, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83688.