Albertsons will close around Oct. 8


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.

Albertsons is closing its last Gainesville supermarket after 35 years.

The store at 2323 NW 13th St. will close around Oct. 8, said Christine Wilcox, public affairs director for Albertsons LLC. A liquidation sale was set to begin Wednesday.

It is one of five struggling stores that will be closing. They include stores in Tampa and Mount Dora and two in Texas. Albertsons LLC is also selling three Texas stores to the H-E-B supermarket chain.

“When we identify that a store is struggling, we take every step we can to turn it around,” Wilcox said. “When we can’t, we have to make a tough decision, and unfortunately that’s what happened in Gainesville.”

Without addressing the specifics of the Gainesville store, she said market areas and traffic patterns change.

The store opened Aug. 18, 1976, as Skaggs-Albertsons.

The former Albertsons in Butler Plaza was one of 49 in Florida sold to Publix in 2008.

Albertsons LLC is a partnership formed to buy about 660 of more than 2,400 Albertsons Inc. grocery and pharmacy stores in 2006, with the rest sold to SuperValu and CVS. Albertsons LLC will be down to 209 stores after selling and closing hundreds of its stores, while SuperValu still has about 450 Albertsons.

The closest nearby grocery stores are the Save-A-Lot at 2605 NW 13th St., Sam’s Club at 2801 NW 13th St. and Ward’s Supermarket at 515 NW 23rd Ave.

Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor.

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