Two Albertsons locations in Santa Clarita, one on The Old Road and one on Soledad Canyon Road, will be closing in mid February. A company evaluation determined that these two stores were underperforming, an Albertsons spokeswoman said.
Albertsons grocery stores have had a presence in the Santa Clarita Valley for more than 25 years, but two of the four local stores will be closing on or around Feb. 20, said an Albertsons spokeswoman on Wednesday.
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The Albertsons on The Old Road in Valencia and on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country will be closing, but the other stores will be unaffected.
The Valencia Albertsons has only been open since 2004, but the Canyon Country location has been there since 1987.
Lilia Rodriguez, external communications and public affairs manager for Albertsons, said that the company periodically evaluates all of its stores.
“These two stores were underperforming,” she said, adding that the lack of performance was linked to a number of factors.
“It’s not in a position for future profitability,” she said.
The Albertsons Human Resources Department is working with labor unions to transfer as many employees as possible to other locations, Rodriguez said, but it is still to early to determine how many or which employees will be transferred.
And she pointed out that while making the decision to close two stores was a difficult one, it “gives us the opportunity to invest in our existing store base.”
Prior to closing, the Valencia and Canyon Country stores will hold a liquidation sale on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Customers of Sav-On Pharmacy at the two locations will be notified of where to pick up their prescriptions once the stores close.
Rodriguez said that signs will be posted with that information once it becomes available.
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