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Albertson's to Close 27 Stores, 1 in Long Beach

The grocery store at Seventh and Redondo in Belmont Heights is closing, but the Shore's store appears to be safe from the ax.

The parent company of Albertsons announced plans today to close 27 of its under-performing grocery stores across the country, including 19 in Southern California, one of them in Long Beach.

``These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers and our communities,'' said Wayne Sales, president/CEO of Supervalu Inc. ``Today's announcement reflects our commitment to move with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value.''

The company's announcement did not include a list of stores being closed. The Los Angeles Times reported that stores in Long Beach, Glendale, Northridge and Van Nuys are among those on the chopping block. The store at 7th Street and Redondo is to be closed, the Times reported, while the store at Second Street and Marina Drive will remain open. One of the affected stores, located in Culver City, closed last month.

A statement from Supervalu indicated that the stores being closed are either under-performing or ``non-strategic.''

Most of the affected stores are expected to be closed by December. Supervalu plans to close 60 of its stores nationally, including 22 Save- A-Lot stores, four ACME stores and a Jewel-Osco location.

--City News Service

Chris Windsor September 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The Albertson's store on Redondo is a decaying dump which the owners have never remodeled. The shopping carts are not equipped to stop at the store property line, so they are discarded all over Belmont Heights. Perhaps a Fresh and Easy or other more acceptable food retailer will take its place.
Watts September 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
That is the worst Albertson's that I have ever been in and I am sure that I am not the only one who intentionally doesn't go there because of the condition. But the Ralph's just a few blocks up the road is also closing in a few weeks. I bet that if this Albertson's had ridden it out until after the Ralph's closure and had decided to clean up that store, it could have been a solid performer for the chain. Also, I didn't even realize that this area was still part of Belmont Heights. I am not sure what I would have called this area, but I always thought that Belmont Heights ended at 4th, but now Googling it, I do see that the corner of 7th and Redondo really is the farthest corner.
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Hey Watts, I'm probably fuzzing the border a bit on the Heights, and one of my guides tends to be is it called something else :D
Pat Johnson September 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
The albertsons on 7th n Redondo is a Terrible store with a filthy bathroom and had no sales stratigies! They never did any happy announcements about things on sale and the cusomer service was awful. The employees all seem tired and dont want to be there. The girl in the deli with red hair was always rude and the bakery messed up my cakes more than once and the cookies were Always hard! Its great if you need to use the Bank of America atm but thats it! I feel bad for the families of the good friendly employees but thers only 1 or 2 that are hardly ever there
crookedhouse February 04, 2013 at 09:43 PM
To say that this store was both terrible and filthy is paying these losers a compliment. The employees haven't a clue about what c.s. is all about. We went in that joint only one time - looked around, and ran for the exit. Horrible location, low life clientel - a complete mess. Places like this make us want to grown our own food. BYE BYE

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