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Northridge Albertsons the Latest Casualty in the Supermarket War

The store, owned by Supervalu, recently axed 2,500 staff-members chain-wide.

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.

Jons has remodeled in Winnetka and Reseda. And then there are the venerable institutions such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Vons, Ralphs, and Vallarta still in the mix.

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Susan Parker October 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM
I was shopping at Albertson's on Devonshire, but now we have had to move to Albertson's in Granada Hills. It is actually about equidistant from our house as was the 'other' Albertson's. I also like to shop at Trader Joe's, but living where we do, just south of CSUN, it's a drive up to the one on Mason, or the one in Granada Hills. My solution? I go to T.J.'s when I'm over in the San Gabriel Valley, as the Pasadena stores are [relatively] large stores, with easy parking. We also shop at Fresh and Easy, but their "British-foods" section is so tempting to me. (Now, I just avoid going back to that area. The closest store to us is Vons, but it is a pretty small store, with not-so-"friendly" lighting. I know we need to conserve energy, but a darkish market is a turnoff to me. So I guess it's still Albertson's, F&E, and T.J.'s for us.
Chuck January 08, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Any word on what this location will become? We have heard that there has been some work going on in the location. Don't see any permits issued yet. What do you know?

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