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Albertsons to close 165 stores

Boise, Idaho – Locally based Albertson’s Inc plans to close about 165 stores in 25 states and eliminate 15% to 20% of managerial and administrative jobs above store level. The No. 2 U.S. supermarket chain also will take a charge as part of a broad effort to lower costs and spur future growth and returns.

Chairman and CEO Lawrence Johnston said the move will cost $585 million to cover restructuring but will allow the company to reach its expense reduction goal of $250 million over the next year. The job cuts alone are expected to save the company $100 million annually.

Even with the loss of the $1.4 billion in revenues generated by the stores slated to close, Johnston expects Albertson’s to grow through a combination of improved sales, new store openings and strategic acquisitions.

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