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Albertsons will shutter its store on State Street

Closing on Feb. 18 will leave only one supermarket in downtown Lake Oswego

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Albertsons has operated its store on South State Street in Lake Oswego since 1990. Theres no word yet on what might replace it.Albertsons will close its store on South State Street in February, the company announced Wednesday.Lake Oswego residents said this week they hope Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods “or even a Walmart grocery” will open a new store in the near future after learning that Albertsons will close its doors on South State Street next month, leaving only one supermarket in Lake Oswego’s downtown core.

The 33,150-square-foot grocery store, which has been in operation since 1990, will shut down on Feb. 18, according to Dennis McCoy, communications and public affairs manager for Albertsons’ Pacific Northwest territory.

“The store has not been profitable for quite some time,” McCoy said, “and despite the best efforts of the company and our associates, we have not been able to reposition it to better compete in the marketplace.”

Albertsons anchors the Oswego Village shopping center, which also includes Ace Hardware, Noah’s Bagels, Pizza Schmizza and a variety of other shops and medical offices. The closing will affect 65 employees at the store. McCoy said Albertsons is seeking new positions for them at other locations.

News of the store closing comes on the heels of Albertsons’ announcement in December that it will convert its Boones Ferry Road location into a Haggen Food & Pharmacy store later this year. Nineteen other Albertsons and Safeway stores in Oregon — including the Albertsons location on Blankenship Road in West Linn — also were acquired by Haggen following a review by the Federal Trade Commission of the merger between Safeway and Albertsons.

In addition to the Lake Oswego and West Linn locations, Haggen’s aquisitions in Oregon include stores in Ashland, Baker City, Beaverton, Bend, Clackamas, Eugene, Grants Pass, Keizer, Klamath Falls, Milwaukie, Sherwood, Springfield and Tigard.

With the closing of Wizer’s in 2013 and the pending closure of Albertsons’ State Street location, there will be only one grocery store left in downtown Lake Oswego — Safeway, located on A Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets.

For Lake Oswego resident Nancy McAvoy, last week’s news was disconcerting.

“I can always depend on the Alberstons on Boones Ferry Road to be open, friendly and have things easy to find. Please don’t change it too much and get so big that one gets lost and gives up,” she said. “As to the State Street store, I can hardly remember a time when it hasn’t been there and been of good service whenever I entered.”

Some Lake Oswego residents said they were sad for the people who will lose their jobs, but hopeful that the store closing could bring a more upscale grocery shopping option to downtown.

“A larger Trader Joe’s than exists on Bangy Road would be great,” Betty Jung said.

J.B. Lockhart was not as particular.

“I’d like another grocery store,” she said. “Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods. Heck, even a Walmart grocery.”

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or cnewell@lakeoswegoreview.com.

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