Albertsons closing stores in University Place and on Pearl Street in Tacoma

Staff writerJanuary 14, 2014 

University Place, say goodbye to Albertsons. Pearl Street, the same.

Albertsons announced Tuesday that it will close two of its South Sound stores by Feb. 20.

Dennis McCoy, spokesman for the Boise-based and privately held grocer, said Tuesday that the company has been reviewing the performance of its outlets and has decided to close 7 stores in the Northwest region.

The stores about to be shuttered include those in Tacoma and University Place as well as in Bothell and Vancouver in Washington, plus two in Oregon.

“It’s one of those things,” McCoy said. “Since Albertsons took over the company (from previous owner SuperValu) we have remodeled seven state stores. We evaluate our fleet and in some cases we close stores, and in some cases we remodel.”

The two South Sound stores being shuttered have not been profitable “for quite some time,” McCoy said. “We’ve just not been able to position them to compete.”

Employees at the affected stores may be given a chance to work at other Albertsons locations, McCoy said. “Human resources is working with labor union and the associates to find other employment within Albertsons if possible.”

The closing stores will begin the process by conducting liquidation sales beginning on Friday, he said.

He would not speculate on the reasons behind the unprofitability of the stores, although recent news reports have noted that Whole Foods will open next year in University Place and Walmart recently opened a central Tacoma store. 

The buildings that have housed the two Albertsons stores will be marketed to new tenants, McCoy said. The company owns the Pearl Street property and leases the University Place location.


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