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Local Ralphs not one of 16 set to close

The Grass Valley branch of the Ralphs Grocery Co. chain has evaded closure, unlike other stores throughout California – including eight in the Sacramento region, company spokesperson Terry O’Neil said Thursday afternoon.

O’Neil would not say whether this situation might change for the Glenbrook Basin grocery, nor would he comment on how the local branch has fared since it was opened by the Compton-based firm in 1998.

“All I can tell you is that of right now, the store is open for business,” he said. “It was not included in the group of 16.

“We don’t talk about sales for fear of the competition.”

He said the decision to close the grocery stores was made following a recent review of the more than 300 branches in the state.

“This group of stores has been underperforming for a significant amount of time, they were operating at a loss,” he said.

In 1998, Ralphs purchased the Grass Valley branch when Albertsons merged with American Stores (which were renamed Lucky in Northern California) and Albertsons sold several of its stores.


To contact staff writer Brittany Retherford, e-mail brittanyr@theunion.com or call 477-4247.

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