On Sept. 9 the Albertsons store in Fairwood once again closed its doors to customers.
The store had been reopened for a while after the closure of the Haggen Food & Pharmacy that made a brief appearance following Albertsons’ bid to purchase the remainder of Haggen supermarkets.
In that 2016 deal, some of the Haggen stores remained and others turned back into Albertsons, including the Fairwood location.
“When we initially reopened the store, we did so with the belief that operating two stores in the region was the best way to service the community,” said Tairsa Cate Worman, communications and public affairs manager for Safeway, in an email.
She added since the reopening of the location, the performance consistently began to decline.
“We evaluated the store extensively for opportunities to improve its performance but ultimately our business analyses indicated that we needed to cease operations at this location,” Worman said.
After “careful deliberation,” Worman said the company decided to close the store because it was not able to compete in the current marketplace.
“Closing a store that has been underperforming and is not positioned for future profitability allows the company to focus its capital on store enhancements and better value propositions for our customers,” she said.
Employees from the Fairwood store are working with the company to find a position at nearby stores, Worman said.
She added the company is working to combine the best of both stores — Safeway and Albertsons — to better suit their customer’s needs.