Albertsons Stores Closing in Washington State (and CA, OR) 2012

Last week, a couple of you brought to my attention that Albertsons had announced they’ll be closing several stores. After doing a bit of searching, I found that Albertsons’ parent company, Supervalu, made the decision to close 60 stores throughout the US that were deemed “under-performing or non-strategic” (source: LA Times.) Newly appointed CEO Wayne Sales stated that the store closures will help the company “to reduce costs and improve shareholder value” (source: Boston.com). These stores include ACME, Albertsons, and Save-a-Lot.

I approached my Supervalu Public Relations contact, and was provided the following statement:

The decision to close a store is always difficult, and although we strive to ensure the success of all our stores, it is occasionally necessary for us to close those that are not meeting company goals.

The following six Washington State stores will close by February 23, 2013:

North Marysville (Marysville, WA)

Juanita (Kirkland, WA)

Benson & 208th (Kent, WA)

Lacey (Lacey, WA)

North Auburn (Auburn, WA)

Bonney Lake (Sumner, WA)

You can see the full list of the 26 Albertsons Stores closing on their Facebook page. The bulk of these stores are in California, and there is one store closing in Oregon (Corvallis).

My Reactions

First off, I want to express my sadness for the employees who worked at these stores who may now be facing unemployment. According to what I’ve read, Supervalu is encouraging these employees to look for employment elsewhere within the company. I know that’s not feasible for everyone, but for what it’s worth, I wanted to share that. Second, I want to express my sadness for my readers who have come to love shopping at Albertsons. Many of you (including myself!) discovered or rediscovered Albertsons when you began couponing. They’ve consistently offered couponing opportunities (such as Twice the Value coupons) that other area stores have not done.

At this time, I remain committed to provide weekly matchups for Albertsons as well as special posts for unadvertised deals (such as Twice the Value and round-up deals). Please remember that I also provide regular weekly matchups for Fred Meyer, Safeway, and QFC, as well as bi-monthly matchups for WinCo and monthly deals for Grocery Outlet.

I would very much like to hear from you. If you have a store that’s closing that you relied on for your groceries, what will you be doing now? Will you drive to another Albertsons, or start shopping at another store? 


Comments

  1. Heather says

    I have shopped at both the North Auburn store and the Bonney Lake Store….they aren’t that far apart from each other and the South Auburn store is a good alternative or also the Milton store. The four stores are fairly close together so I guess I understand….although there are three Safeway stores in the same vicinity and those aren’t closing

    • shirley says

      South Auburn store is to far for me to drive. to much crime in south auburn anyway. Bonney lake is good 10mile from the N. Auburn Albertsons.

  2. Amanda N says

    It’s only been within the past few months that I’ve discovered Albertsons, and now my store in Kent is closing! It’s frustrating that it will be gone soon. I’ll try to go up to the one in Renton off of Sunset (kind of on the way home from work) for the great deals but the convenience will be nearly gone…

  3. says

    I am honestly shocked that the Bonney Lake store was included as that store is always busy when I go there & I go there fairly frequently. We already had 1 store close in Puyallup a year or two ago, but it was an older store – so this leaves only the Milton or Canyon Way Puyallup store for folks in the Puyallup/Sumner/Bonney Lake areas which are definitely not as convenient. I know many folks will be quite disappointed in this area.

  4. Cathy says

    Our La Grande, Oregon, Albertson’s store is also closing. I have a bit of a soft spot for this store since I worked there in the bakery after moving to town as a newlywed. (My husband worked as a courtesy clerk at Safeway at the same time until he could find work in his field!). We had quite a few healthy discussions on who offered better prices. I did (secretly) think Albertson’s was overpriced and didn’t shop there much until I realized not too long ago the great buys that could be had by matching coupons to their sales and promotions. Couponing is not nearly as fun at Wal-mart or Safeway. We have a Grocery Outlet also, but I buy too much junk food when I go there, so I try to stay away. Anyway, the closing is a big loss to our community, and I am sad to see them close.

  5. shirley says

    Why didn’t the company ask for comments on what store to close?. N.Auburn store , is always busy.. My father, who lives in the elderly housing complex down the street uses this store, because it’s cheaper than Fred Meyers, Top Foods and Safeway. Winco, will sure get the business now. here’s Hoping they give the closing employees, a good severance package!!!!!

  6. Bruce Wheelock says

    The North Auburn store three minutes from my place. When it is gone, so is my shopping at any Albertsons store. There are at least five competing grocery stores between me and the next nearest Albertsons, and the difference in prices is not that huge. In particular, I can’t save enough money at Albertsons to pay for the extra gas I burn getting there.

    I live in a large apartment complex, in an area of Auburn with lots of residential neighborhoods. The people around here shop at Albertsons to save money, and driving to the South Auburn store will cost all of us more than going to the nearby Fred Meyer or Safeway (or even Top Foods or the WinCo Foods up in Kent). One word have to be a resolute diehard to insist upon sticking with Albertsons and absorbing higher costs.

    I think the Albertsons management is out of its collective mind.

    Bye-bye, Albertsons.

  7. Stephanie says

    I frequent the Albertsons in Kent (Benson and 208th) and its closing date is October 20, 2012–possibly sooner if everything goes before then. By the looks of things in the store, it will close sooner than the 20th.

  8. Carrie says

    I feel so for the employees I got to know over the years, who saw my son grow up, and were part of our community. I am so sorry and hope you will be okay.

    I know the Kent store (Benson and 208th) was not an “under-performing” store, as it has always been busy since we moved to the area 26 years ago! “Non-strategic”? Perhaps in Albertson’s eyes, but not the people that live near here or worked there! Supervalu may be the company name, but don’t expect to get one more penny of my money.

    I feel so for the employees I got to know over the years, who saw my son grow up, and were part of our community.

  9. Bryan says

    With all of the stores closing last year, I was one of the many that lost their jobs in Olympia. I was immediately picked up by Safeway in Lakewood, which I am so grateful for. Now that Albertson’s LLC has bought out Supervalu, I truly feel that they are turning it around. Working at dozens of these stores, with prices, couponing, standards, and most importantly customer service I have quickly learned the Albertson’s (LLC) does nothing but focus on what the people want, that is a company I want to be involved with.! I hope that you all do not give up on Albies because they are solely trying to make the experience more pleasurable for the customer. No more savings card, you get the sale price regardless. Their diary prices have dropped dramatically better that Winco! I am very excited for them!

  10. Jemm says

    I just heard from an Albertsons employee friend that 7 more in Washington are closing, possibly including the Bridgeport one and the Pearl one. My dad worked overnight stock in CA when I was born, so I have been an Albertsons shopper my entire life and it is sad to see so many go. I haven’t seen any official details yet, but she knew about the other stores closing before they were announced as well.

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