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Speculation swirls around grocery store

February 26, 2013

By Rene De La Cruz
Staff Writer

Recent business dealings by a major retailer have Apple Valley residents wondering if the Alberstons grocery store is on the chopping block.

In March, the parent company of Albertson’s LLC will close a purchase deal, which will include Albertsons, Acme, and Jewel-Osco stores, which are owned by SUPERVALU Inc.

“We don’t own the stores yet, and we have no immediate plans for any of the stores, including the one in Apple Valley,” said Christine Wilcox, director of communications and public affairs for Albertsons LLC, by phone recently.

Following the acquisition, Albertson’s and its subsidiaries will consist of 1,069 stores and 12 distribution centers, and employ approximately 110,000 associates.

“I rarely go there because of the high prices,” said Apple Valley resident Sandra Hall. “I would hate to see another empty building.”

Rumors of the store’s closure were fueled by the closing of the Victorville Albertsons on Bear Valley Road, which closed its doors in November after the company labeled the store “underperforming” or “non-strategic.”

In September, Supervalu, Albertson’s announced that it would close 60 stores altogether, including 19 in Southern California.

With the closure of Ralphs supermarket in June, Alberstons is the only grocery-dedicated store on Highway 18.

Information on the Albertsons can be found online at www.albertsonsmarket.com.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.