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).
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?