7 June 2006
Fallout from the Albertson's buyout
The new owners of Albertson's supermarkets in this area will close five Oklahoma stores: two in Tulsa, two in Broken Arrow, and one in Edmond. A total of 30 locations in the 188-store Dallas-Fort Worth Division, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, are being shuttered.
Dan Lovejoy once noted that the Edmond location was "nothing special."
Posted at 2:52 PM to Soonerland
Nothing special, indeed. Except Angi has discovered "The Grocery Game" and Albertson's is the only store on our list.
Thankfully, we have 2 Albies in Edmond. I assume they'll close the older one on 15th and Broadway. But I wouldn't put it past them to close the much cleaner and newer one on Danforth and Bryant.
I frankly am stunned at their choices of stores to close.
I mean let's face it. Broken Arrow and Edmond are both the epitome of demo they want!
They're closing four stores in the Sacramento area too, and several in the Bay Area.
In Sacramento, most are former Lucky stores. For reasons that escape me, Albertson's sold most of their established stores to Ralph's so they could acquire Lucky's stores. In at least one case that meant selling a store in one strip mall so they could hoist the Albertson's sign across the road.
About 10 or 12 years back, the grocery chain Bruno's hit the Nashville market and built new stores all over. They ran a good store, but after a couple of years sold out to Albertson's, who proceeded to sucketh the life out of the stores. We decided the major qualification for working there was that you had never worked in the grocery business before.
There were many items they did not have on the shelves. Every time we would ask why they did not have ________ , the answer was always the same - "because nobody buys it." Duuuhhhh...
They did not last long, boarded up the stores and went away. Good riddance. Except that now we had to drive several miles further to shop. After 2 - 3 years Publix moved into the market and took over the cobweb factories and removed the plywood sheets from the doors and windows. They do a good job. Not great, but very good.