Gelson’s Market will be opening its first store in the Long Beach area on the corner of PCH and East Second Street in the same location curretly occupied by Alberstons.
The announcement came amid news of the company’s plans to close 18 other Albertsons for poor performace--including another Long Beach store located at 644 Redondo Street and Seventh Street, which is slated to shut its doors in November.
It also comes after the store announced layoffs earlier this year, as Patch reported in a previous article.
However, the Belmont Shore Alberstons store isn’t closing shop on the orders of its parent company, Supervalu Inc., but rather after lengthy negotiations over the lease failed, Alberstons spokesperson Lilia Rodriguez, told Gazettes.com.
“In light of the property owner signing an agreement with a different company, Albertsons will be closing,” Rodriguez said in an email to Gazettes.com. “We are very disappointed with this unexpected outcome; however, we will remain focused on serving our guests until early next year.”
The new Gelson’s store will open in March 1 of 2013 at 6255 E. Second St. after an extensive remodeling, as stated on Gelson’s web site.
“We are very eager to expand into Long Beach, it’s a natural fit for Gelson’s and we are excited to be a part of the community there,” said Rob McDougall, Gelson’s President, in a statement.
Gelson’s is considered a high-end supermarket and has annual sales of nearly $413 million, according to the Press-Telegram (read more here...)