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Albertsons to close 26 U.S. stores
LA Times ^ | 9/5/2012 | Shan Li and Walter Hamilton

Posted on 09/05/2012 8:51:54 PM PDT by tobyhill

The parent company of the Albertsons supermarket chain is closing 26 stores nationwide, including 18 in Southern California, as it tries to overcome sharp operating losses and stiff price competition from big-box rivals.

Supervalu Inc. said late Wednesday that the closings are part of a decision to eliminate about 60 stores nationwide, primarily in its Albertsons and Save-A-Lot chains. Albertsons will have 228 stores in California after the closures.

Among the Albertsons locations in Southern California scheduled to be closed by December are stores in Long Beach, Glendale, Northridge and Van Nuys. A store in Culver City closed last month.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: california; economy; food; supermarkets

1 posted on 09/05/2012 8:52:00 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
Major corporations open and close dozens of stores based on performance even in the best economic climate.
2 posted on 09/05/2012 8:58:43 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: tobyhill

just another bunch of greedy corporate bastards out there creating food deserts and depriving people of their constitutions rights to conveniently located frozen pizza and cigarettes /sarc


3 posted on 09/05/2012 9:02:09 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: tobyhill

In my suburban OC town, Walmart just opened their first Neighborhood Market, near three other Albertson’s.

Other stores within three miles include Trader Joe’s, Vons, Stater Bros., Target, Smart & Final, Mother’s, plus some more.

Walmart’s Neighborhood format is a medium sized store, about like a 1950s grocery store, plus pharmacy, open 24 hours.

If Albertson’s is cutting, I expect one of theirs could come up.


4 posted on 09/05/2012 9:02:34 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: tobyhill

In my suburban OC town, Walmart just opened their first Neighborhood Market, near three other Albertson’s.

Other stores within three miles include Trader Joe’s, Vons, Stater Bros., Target, Smart & Final, Mother’s, plus some more.

Walmart’s Neighborhood format is a medium sized store, about like a 1950s grocery store, plus pharmacy, open 24 hours.

If Albertson’s is cutting, I expect one of theirs could come up.


5 posted on 09/05/2012 9:03:21 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: tobyhill

Going into Albertsons around where we live is kinda like going into KMart. It just looks dirty inside compared to the other mega stores.


6 posted on 09/05/2012 9:03:36 PM PDT by TheZMan (Obama is without a doubt the worst President ever elected to these United States)
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To: tobyhill

Their grocery and non-grocery prices are routinely 2 to 3 times higher than WalMart and other lower priced competitors (such as Winco). The reason? Unionized workforce.


7 posted on 09/05/2012 9:03:48 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Fight organized crime. Vote out all incumbent Democrats!)
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To: tobyhill

Albertson’s makes Kroger prices look really good.

Best prices are at WinCo if you have one in your area.


8 posted on 09/05/2012 9:06:27 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: tobyhill

More Hope and Change.


9 posted on 09/05/2012 9:09:14 PM PDT by cruise_missile (')
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To: tobyhill
I shop every other day and I notice a trend of walking by the meat section, nobody stops.
I stop and look at the prices with a cringe and keep going myself. 5.50LB for Chuck?
Beef is my friend but not at the current prices. Chicken will do.
10 posted on 09/05/2012 9:11:34 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: MrEdd

LOL...But when the employees are laid off by the train load people take notice. No?


11 posted on 09/05/2012 9:15:25 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: tobyhill
The parent company of the Albertsons supermarket chain is closing 26 stores nationwide, including 18 in Southern California, as it tries to overcome sharp operating losses and stiff price competition from big-box rivals.

Have they talked to 0bama, Inc. to work out a business merger to save their business as of yet?.....

Or are they nonunion?

12 posted on 09/05/2012 9:16:24 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Best prices are at WinCo if you have one in your area.

I have five WinCo supermarkets within 30 minutes' driving time of my home. No wonder why I have a big stack of WinCo paper bags at my house.

13 posted on 09/05/2012 9:18:05 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: tobyhill

Kalipornia will always be Kalipornia

pity


14 posted on 09/05/2012 9:26:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MaxMax

$5.50 a pound?? jeesh


15 posted on 09/05/2012 9:28:44 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeaHawkFan

You are so right, Albertson’s is pricier than the other grocery stores I go to. Unfortunately, they are the closest ones to my house, so if we need to make a quick trip to the grocery store, that’s where we go.


16 posted on 09/05/2012 9:29:13 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: truth_seeker
Other stores within three miles include Trader Joe’s, Vons, Stater Bros., Target, Smart & Final, Mother’s, plus some more.

I do a lot of my shopping at Mother's, Trader Joe's and Sprouts.

17 posted on 09/05/2012 9:54:25 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: tobyhill
There are a lot of Albertson's supermarkets that were put down in the 1960s in areas that were pretty nice at the time, but are anything but nice in 2012.

All the ones I am thinking of are in SoCal.

Southern California: The land where if you're middle-aged, you could really be taking an unnecessary risk by going back and visiting the neighborhood you grew up in and the high school you graduated from 25+ years ago.

18 posted on 09/05/2012 9:55:31 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: tobyhill
They went through an expansion faze and over did it. They opened three new stores in middle TN about 6-8 years ago and in less than two they were all closed.

Publix took over two.

19 posted on 09/05/2012 10:06:11 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Tell me about it. I went K-7 in the Chino Unified School District from 1965-73. Wouldn’t go back to that town if they made me the king.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 11:49:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a Basque restaurant in Chino that I love, and it’s still there. When I was a kid, it was located out in the middle of an empty field right across from the railroad tracks, but now it’s all built up around there — dollar stores, payday loan and check cashing joints, and full of shaved head white t-shirt wearing mutant gangbangers. Descendants of the farm workers, no doubt.

Of course, the only problem with the area and the people is that they need hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars spent on them, which would only be making things fair. The president assures me this. He knows how to persuade people to do his bidding and stuff.


21 posted on 09/06/2012 12:36:37 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: The KG9 Kid

If it’s the same restaurant we went there once, and yes, it was in the middle of nowhere. Wasn’t there a good-sized Basque population that worked at all those dairies back then? I remember that they served you “family-style” and that the beef tongue was delicious. My best friend’s dad worked for Carnation Genetics as an artificial inseminator for all those cows and he was kept mighty busy. My friend is now the executive director of one of the cattle breed associations.


22 posted on 09/06/2012 12:42:31 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: tobyhill; All

They closed nearly all the Albertson’s a few years ago in the Orlando area. At one time in Orlando they did quite well, and were quite competitive. WalMart and Publix pretty much outperformed A-sons on price and quality. A/sons stores are either now Publix or the Hispanic-targeted Sedano’s


23 posted on 09/06/2012 12:51:20 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (When is Fox News gonna fire Karl Rove?)
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To: Newtoidaho
they made a decision at our nearby Albertsons to limit products...and their pricing is ridiculous...almost like they want to fail....

in todays ad, they brag about a small can of Hormel chili for ONLY $2 dollars a can.....even in these times you can pick it up for about a dollar at other stores, and not even on a special sale....

there's a Fred Meyer across the street...they have clothing,shoes,garden items and plants, AND a huge food store....while their prices can be high, each week they almost always have coupons that are good deals...it pulls people in to buy the other stuff..

24 posted on 09/06/2012 1:22:22 AM PDT by cherry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’re thinking of the same place. On Center St. It’s called Centro Basco. European style dining, they serve in courses and the tongue is the delicacy.

I haven’t been back to SoCal for years, but I know that everything has changed. It’s just one unbroken megalopolis from the foothills of San Bernardino to Santa Monica. I wouldn’t move back to SoCal even if I had more money than David Bowie.

Last time I visited the ‘Inland Empire’ (pfft, that silly name) there was a stage 2 smog alert in effect that looked and smelled like atmosphere on the planet Venus. And it was 106 degrees. I couldn’t wait to start the nine hour drive back north up the I-395 to Nevada, and that is one soul-breaking drive until I get into Yosemite country and it starts looking like my home.


25 posted on 09/06/2012 1:29:13 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I don’t recall it ever being called the Inland Empire while I lived there, but I left at 14, so perhaps I just never heard the term. Back then, we were the place that everyone else looked to for new ideas, new fashions, new music, new trends, new industries. My fifth grade teacher was a Bataan death march survivor and my 6th grade teacher’s hair had turned snow white overnight in Vietnam. What are the chances that such a pair are teaching youngsters in that school today?


26 posted on 09/06/2012 1:35:03 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: cherry

Obamaconomy is so bad that even a grimy Albertsons supermarket that smells like a Mexican carniceria has food prices like only Whole Foods market had back when Bush was President. Plus, so many Americans are on food stamps that someone has to pay using real dollars, and that someone is us.

Face it, America: The dollar is the new peso. Gasoline isn’t $4.50 a gallon... It’s $1.89 a gallon in pre-Obama money, but youre paying with dollars that effectively are worth $0.45.

Aren’t any of the common people realizing that a Big Mac “value meal” costs $6.95 yet? Two small mocha Frappucinos at Starbucks is $9.00? Anyone voting for four more years of this shit is completely high.


27 posted on 09/06/2012 1:44:26 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: The KG9 Kid
My folks bought a brand-new $18,000 3/2/2 all-electric ranch home with a good-sized yard on 16th Street (near the high school) when he retired from the Marine Corps in 1965. We had been living in Santa Ana in a rental. Went to Marshall Elementary for some Kindergarten until an even closer freshly-built school, Walnut Elementary on Walnut Avenue opened up. We were the first class to go from Kindergarten to 6th grade in that school. After a year (7th grade) at Magnolia Jr. High my folks sent me to a parochial school in Pomona as the public schools were already getting dicey. We were also one of the families that started St. Stephen's Lutheran, later renamed Christ Lutheran, out on Francis Avenue.
28 posted on 09/06/2012 1:45:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

“Southern California: The land where if you’re middle-aged, you could really be taking an unnecessary risk by going back and visiting the neighborhood you grew up in and the high school you graduated from 25+ years ago. “

It’s not only Southern Cali. It’s all over the country. The third world and it’s “cultures” are expanding rapidly.


29 posted on 09/06/2012 1:48:35 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I’m getting great deals at fast food places on those rare occasions I can afford to eat at one, especially on chicken sandwiches. Both Burger King and Church’s have tasty regular-sized sandwiches for one dollar. Milk is much cheaper here in the Dallas area than it was in Biloxi.


30 posted on 09/06/2012 1:49:31 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Centro Basque or something like that.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 1:50:26 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whoops! Ignore my previous, he already answered it.

Yes, we love going to Basque family style places. We have a few of them up here in Northern Nevada.

I coupon (not extreme or hoarder) to try and bring the prices to something decent. Save a lot on non-food items, but even that isn’t comparable to last year’s prices.

When we shop, it is always Wal Mart. Can’t afford those fancy schmancy union stores.


32 posted on 09/06/2012 1:57:12 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: tobyhill

Seem to remember that one of the heads was a major Democratic donor. This seems to be a way Democrats do things. Corporations get controlled by a boss, CEO who makes huge donations to the Democratic party, then the whole business goes bankrupt. It is basically looting. This was done by Bernie Schwartz with Loral Space and Communications, while money was funneled to the DNC and Clinton.


33 posted on 09/06/2012 2:08:13 AM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: The KG9 Kid

“Face it, America: The dollar is the new peso. Gasoline isn’t $4.50 a gallon... It’s $1.89 a gallon in pre-Obama money, but youre paying with dollars that effectively are worth $0.45.”

Everybody knows; the word is out. We’re losing our Stewart’s Root Beer (& grill) because you have tables with unoccupied waitresses sitting in them at what should be busy times (lunch, dinner); we just lost our PathMark supermarket as well (and I think K-Mart is about to go - it is a ghost town). The fast-food places survive (but aren’t as busy as before) by people cobbling together items from the value menus.

The unreported-but-obvious inflation, combined with the horrible employment situation (not just the raw figures, but the decline in “good” jobs), should easily end Obama’s tenure in November.


34 posted on 09/06/2012 2:39:03 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Newtoidaho

Albertsons never had a unionized workforce here in Florida and still failed.
As a company they were doing fine but purchased a coupole other chains to try to stay competetive but in doing so incured too much debt which is why they had to raise their prices as much as they did, while wally world continued to own the market.


35 posted on 09/06/2012 2:39:29 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: sf4dubya

“When we shop, it is always Wal Mart. Can’t afford those fancy schmancy union stores.”

It is inevitable; my wife and I make a list, and she goes first to Wal-Mart to get what she can there before going to a chain supermarket to get those things Wal-Mart doesn’t sell (cold cuts and such). The new normal...


36 posted on 09/06/2012 2:41:32 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: tobyhill
closing 26 stores nationwide, including 18 in Southern California,

Southern Cal; huh? GOOD! I want to see that liberal cesspool go under.
37 posted on 09/06/2012 3:37:45 AM PDT by oliviasdad (Sarah Palin for Energy Secretary / Newt for Sec. of State / Rand Paul for Head of Fed. Res.)
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To: MaxMax

Sams generally has okay meat prices if you buy in bulk and
don’t mind fewer varieties of cuts. In Virginia, they have the lowest pork prices of any of the food chains I have ever seen; stable as well, at least over the past 5 years or so!


38 posted on 09/06/2012 4:57:44 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (We have grieved the Holy Spirit, with our Dark hearts and dark minds turned against God!)
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To: oliviasdad

“Southern Cal; huh? GOOD! I want to see that liberal cesspool go under.”

You do know that Orange County voted Republican in 2008, right?


39 posted on 09/06/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: The KG9 Kid

Remember how busy Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware and the car dealers were back in the Bush years?


40 posted on 09/06/2012 12:09:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good point. I walk around my local Home Depot and it’s like a ghost town. What’s Home Depot’s earnings going to be here in a few days. They’re a bellweather.

I notice the gardening department was sort of active on weekends this summer, but plants are cheap. The contractors aren’t loading building materials on flatbeds, that’s for sure.


41 posted on 09/06/2012 1:39:36 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

It’s still California. I HATE that state. I root against all CA sports teams.


42 posted on 09/06/2012 1:52:56 PM PDT by oliviasdad (Sarah Palin for Energy Secretary / Newt for Sec. of State / Rand Paul for Head of Fed. Res.)
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To: tobyhill

Are these unionized?

Union grub stores have a really tough time competing against WM. Now Dollar General is starting to muscle in on the grub market also.


43 posted on 09/06/2012 1:58:32 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: oliviasdad

“It’s still California. I HATE that state. I root against all CA sports teams.”

We’ve had and have a lot of great sports teams, USC football, Raiders football, 49ers football, Dodgers baseball, Lakers basketball, Kings ice hockey, many olympians, hosts of summer and winter olympiacs, home for many international motor racing technology leaders and courses, and a very long list of others.

What does your state have?

(”HATE” is a waste, giving others free rent in your head. Sports don’t justify HATE.)


44 posted on 09/06/2012 3:04:03 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: mdmathis6
I moved back to Texas from VA and expected to find good beef prices, nope.
Beef was cheaper in VA, and pork prices here are impossible.
I have no idea what happened to the beef industry here in Tx.
45 posted on 09/06/2012 4:10:47 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: oliviasdad

I guess you hate FreeRepublic then. It’s based in Fresno.


46 posted on 09/07/2012 7:17:37 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I hate the State and all Pro teams from there. That’s all I said. So, don’t even go there. I’ve got a son and a very close cousin living in CA and some dear friends. I don’t hate everybody in the State; I hate the ultra-liberal element that is pervasive in that State and the liberal political system that is destroying it from within.

I’ll keep an eye on you SoCalPubbie. I can tell you’re an instigator. Glad I found out sooner rather than later. Have a nice weekend.


47 posted on 09/07/2012 6:08:16 PM PDT by oliviasdad (Sarah Palin for Eunergy Secretary / Newt for Sec. of State / Rand Paul for Head of Fed. Res.)
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To: oliviasdad

That’s me, the big instigator. I once led a school uprising in fourth grade. It goes way back!


48 posted on 09/08/2012 9:10:56 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: tobyhill
Three Albertsons within short driving distance of my place. Fortunately, I live in Southern Louisiana, home of Rouses...best grocery store. Ever.
49 posted on 09/08/2012 9:19:21 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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