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Kirkland Albertson's to Close, Says Report

Kirkland location among 60 Albertson's to close nationwide.

A report in The Olympian says that supermarket chain Albertson's will be closing its , along with stores in Lacey, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Marysville.

The Olympian report says that the Kirkland store is one of 60 underperforming stores nationwide that Minnesota-based parent company Supervalu Inc. plans to close in an attempt to turn around its struggling business. 

The company will reportedly be closing Save-A-Lots in Tacoma and Port Orchard as well.

The majority of the stores are expected to close before Dec. 1, according to a Supervalu news release.

Sara C September 07, 2012 at 10:33 PM
This is sad news. I don't shop there anymore but when I did, I could always count on friendly and helpful customer service. The checkers there have a low turnover rate and it seemed like a great community atmosphere. You go to Safeway or QFC and no one remembers you, cares and their attitudes make you feel like you're annoying them.
Jeff Hoerth September 08, 2012 at 02:59 AM
If they'd invest a bit in the infrastructure, then maybe they'd draw more customers. Friendliest checkers around, I agree. Large store so a decent selection. But little things like a dirty parking lot and cheap signs saying cheap chicken degrade the overall image of the place. I still shopped there in spite of it because of some of the advantages. I'll be sorry to see it go. But may as well demolish the whole lot and build something attractive now. Or put in a bowling alley.
Jeanne Gustafson September 08, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I don't know about the Albertson's in Kirkland, specifically, but I shop at the Eastgate Albertson's in Bellevue frequently (like others I would cite the friendly staff). Recently that store got a new refrigeration unit with doors for energy efficiency. Prior to that, the store had gone for at least a year without a working heater, with employees wearing fingerless gloves to keep warm in the winter. I thought with the repairs and upgrade things might have turned a corner, but there appear to be a goodly number of vacant former Albertson's stores, including one in Issaquah. Other chains such as Haggen Northwest, Safeway and, in Eastern Washington, Rosauers, invested in revamping their format to meet the needs of customers, while Albertson's has seemed to rely on reducing the number of cashiers and sometimes postponing repairs that would improve the customer and employee experience. It's sad to see 2,500 workers lose their jobs.
Gina VanLoon September 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The Kirkland Albertsons smells like old fish, otherwise I would shop there. Wish they had upgraded it like the one in Woodinville.
June Gloom September 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
WholeFoods please.
Brian Millar September 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Kirkland Albertsons just looked like it never came out of the 70/80's.
Russ September 10, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Gina is right. The store has always smelled bad.
Roxanna Koester September 24, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I'm really at a loss; this Albertson's has been MY store for 33 years. It may be old and small, but it's so convenient, it has a great parking lot, and not only do I know where everything is, only Albertson's makes my favorite cottage cheese and dessert crackers. The checkers and other staff are so nice no matter what the time of day that I feel they are personal friends. Roxanna
Dale October 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Not true. I shop at the Safeway and they always provide good customer service. We've shopped there since 1988. I see that you said you don't shop at Albertson's any more.
Matthew January 20, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Im a holistic nutritionist that shopped at the one in Kirkland for KonaRed drink. I work in the area if anyone meeds my expertise , 206 293 4076 Matthew

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