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A day after Ahold USA announced that it was putting its convenience stores up for sale, the company announced that it would close its Chantilly, Virginia, headquarters and move its corporate functions to Boston, Massachusetts, effective July 2004.

The new corporate office also will house back-office functions for the company's Stop & Shop and Giant of Landover divisions.

In addition, Ahold announced that its regional support organization for European operations, the Zaandam-based European Competence Center (ECC), will also be closed, with services moved to Ahold corporate headquarters.

The Washington Post reports this morning that "an estimated 35 staffers in the Chantilly office will be offered positions in the new Boston headquarters and an additional 20 workers in the human resource division will be transferred to another office in the Northern Virginia area." The paper also reported that "about 12 workers will be offered jobs in other operations of Ahold. The rest of the 100 workers employed in Chantilly will get a severance package.

Ahold President and CEO Anders Moberg said, "This is part of our stated commitment and strategy to integrate the many different parts of our operations into a single company with a single focus on generating value for customers. These actions are essential steps that will enable us to simplify and streamline our organization and ultimately improve our customer offering."
KC's View:
Forget integration and cost savings. We're thinking that the folks in Chantilly just couldn't handle the Washington Redskins anymore, and wanted to move someplace where they could more easily root for the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots.