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Albany Albertsons to close Feb. 20

Albertsons is closing their Albany store on Waverly Drive February 20.

The Albany Albertsons grocery store, 1177 Waverly Drive S.E., will close on Feb. 20, according to Dennis McCoy, communications and public affairs manager for Albertsons LLC.

McCoy said the action was being taken because the store was unprofitable.

“We were just not able to impede the market place and move sales,” he said.

The company will shut seven of its 111 stores in the northwest, which include stores in Washington, Oregon and western Idaho.

The 68 employees at the Albany store  were told Monday.

“There may be opportunities for the associates to move to another location,” McCoy said.

McCoy explained that Albertsons is constantly evaluating its fleet of stores to figure out which stores need remodels, improvements or which stores need to be closed.

“We are committed to the Northwest,” McCoy said. “Sometimes we just have to make the tough decision to shut down the store.”

The 32,000-foot store opened in 1982. Albertsons owns the building and will look for a new owner or tenant, according to McCoy. He said there are no buyers at this time.

McCoy said the pharmacy in Albertsons is going to send all of its customers’ prescriptions to a competing pharmacy in the neighborhood.

“We will try to make the transition as seamless as possible,” McCoy said. “Customers should contact the Albany Albertsons pharmacy for more specific information.”

Albertsons will be the second store to close in Albany in the last two months. Ray’s Food Place in North Albany officially closed the first week of January.

Albertsons closed 26 stores in 2012, including its Corvallis store.

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Amanda Nowacki is the news clerk and religion editor for the Democrat-Herald. She can be reached at 541-812-6090 or amanda.nowacki@lee.net

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