BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Supermarket giant Albertson's will close about 165 stores in 25 states and eliminate up to 20 percent of managerial and administrative jobs above the store level, the company announced Wednesday.
The exact number of jobs that will be eliminated had not been determined, said Ertharin Cousin, Albertson's senior vice president for public relations and government affairs.
A store manager at Albertson's in El Centro, who asked to remain anonymous, said closure of that Albertson's and Max Foods in El Centro are "not likely." He said most "downsizing" has already occurred throughout California.
Jose Vizcarra, store director for Max Foods in El Centro, was not available for comment this morning.
Cousin was not available for comment this morning regarding local store closures.
Albertson's has about 235,000 employees, of which about 8,000 fall into the targeted categories. That could mean the elimination of up to 1,600 jobs.