Albertsons to Close Rowland Heights, Walnut Stores

Also on the list of closures were locations in Hacienda Heights and Covina. The Diamond Bar store was not on the list.

Albertsons supermarkets in Rowland Heights and Walnut are among the 27 stores the grocery chain plans to close nationwide likely in December.

SUPERVALU Inc., the parent company of Albertsons, Wednesday announced plans to shutter "under-performing" and "non-strategic" stores across the country, including 19 in Southern California, reported City News Service.

Also set to be closed is the Albertson's on Colima Road in Hacienda Heights. The Diamond Bar store was not on the list.

"These decisions are never easy because of the impact a store closure has on our team members, our customers and our communities," said Wayne Sales, president/CEO of Supervalu Inc. "Today's announcement reflects our commitment to move with a greater sense of urgency to reduce costs and improve shareholder value."

The company estimates that closing the stores will generate $35 million in cash in the next 12 months and $80 to $90 million in the next three years, according to officials.

The closures come just a couple of months after Albertsons cut positions.

In June, Albertsons by 2,200-2,500 positions, affecting all 247 California and Nevada stores. In 2011, the chain .

"A decision of this nature is never easy, but it is the necessary step for us to take to help improve our business and accelerate our turnaround," said Dan Sanders, president of Albertsons' Fullerton-based Southern California Division of the June workforce reductions.

Below is a list of stores to close, as reported in the Orange County Register.

• 7th & Redondo, Long Beach, CA

• Harbor & Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA

• Harbor Blvd. & Imperial Hwy., Fullerton, CA

• Dale & La Palma, Buena Park, CA

• Brookhurst & Katella, Anaheim, CA

• Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

• Central & Chevy Chase, Glendale, CA

• Devonshire & Reseda, Northridge, CA

• Van Nuys & Sherman, Van Nuys, CA

• Bear Valley & Amethyst Roads, Victorville, CA

• Pigeon Pass & Ironwood, Moreno Valley, CA

Colima & Fairway Drive, Rowland Heights, CA

• Hamner Ave & Hidden Valley Pkw., Norco, CA

• Grove Ave & Walnut Street, Ontario, CA

• Limonite & Clay, Riverside, CA

Colima Road, Hacienda Heights, CA

Amar & Nogales, Walnut, CA

• Azusa & Cypress, Covina, CA

Anon September 06, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Someone blamed this on replublicans earlier on another article. I think republicans like to make profits and if they could keep these stores open they would. Why are people so dumb?
Anon September 06, 2012 at 09:12 PM
How you going to get these people jobs Jerry Brown? HUH? Maybe you need to give Meg Whitman a call and have her help you figure out how to do your job!
Fiona Tindall September 07, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I do shop local, but most of my neighbors don't. Albertsons and Von's supermarkets customer base is down because Asians (who are the majority in DB and Walnut) do their grocery shopping at the Asian markets. It won't be long before the only shops in our neighborhoods will be those owned by, and serving the ethnic majority. BTW - before anyone starts calling me racist, half my family are Chinese!
Gabriela Klein September 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Let's not start blaming an ethnic group. And by the way, these groups are savvy shoppers who see the headlights coming, and they are spot on. As for the Albertson's in question, the Colima/Fairway store, we all knew for quite a while it would close. Why? Well, if you ever visited a store in an upscale OC neighborhood, they are beautiful. "Wood" floors, huge aisles, gigantic floral department, sandwich and lunch to go counters, etc. Our smelly old store hasn't seen an upgrade since the Stone Age. Once Bank Of America pulled out, the writing was on the wall. Stater Bros will have that intersection all to themselves, speaking of smelly old stores. The Trader Joe's of this new world is where it's at, people. Smaller, niche stores that you can get in and out of faster, with friendlier, non union employees. And again, unfortunately, we are left out. Why? Not because we are predominantly Asian. No. It's because we are not big spenders. Part of the appeal of Walnut Valley is that we are so conservative. Therefore, we buy on sale, we buy in bulk, and we are not gourmets. Hence, out with the gourmet chains that know we are not their demographic. We prefer a BBQ with frozen burgers and hotdogs than prime steaks and heirloom organic produce. We like burritos and pizza. Not the cool little boutique restaurants. Maybe we just need to realize that even the Albertson's stores can't give us cheap enough prices to keep their doors open, and $4.99 breakfast at Denny's didn't work either.
mrs. c October 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
i think it's horrible that we only have one supermarket now.


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