The shelves at Albertsons are emptying as the aging supermarket at 18555 Devonshire St., Northridge, prepares to close at the end of the month. It might shut down even sooner once it has little left to sell. The store, owned by Supervalu, recently axed 2,500 staff-members chainwide.
This is the latest casualty in the tough Valley grocery business that in recent years has both weathered a contentious strike and has seen the departure of stores like Safeway, Lucky, Alpha-Beta, Hughes, Dale's and HOWS.
Double and tripple coupons have come and gone. Now affinity cards and discounts on gasoline seem to be the latest marketing come-on.
But while some supermarkets are history, new arrivals on the landscape are making history. Sprouts has opened in Granada Hills, Super King has expanded into Northridge where Gelson's once operated, Fresh & Easy opened in Northridge, Walmart in Porter Ranch, and Target in Northridge.