Safeway on Thunderbird to close

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DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

Photo by Darrell Jackson
The Safeway at 5860 W. Thunderbird Road will close in July.

Nearly three years after completing the merger with Safeway stores, Albertson’s announced it would close stores; one is at Thunderbird Road and 59th Avenue.
The Safeway at 5860 W. Thunderbird Road joins one in Phoenix as two stores that will be shut down in July.
“The decision was difficult and involved a lengthy evaluation, and ultimately, the closures will strengthen operation efficiencies,” the company press release said.
Safeway merged with Albertson’s in 2015, but the parent company continued to operate stores under both names in Arizona. A third store, an Albertson’s in Tucson, is also going to close in the reorganization. The company said it was working to find positions for the employees affected by the closures.
Local shoppers at the Glendale location said they were upset by the announcement.
“I have shopped here for years, and it is always busy,” Glendale resident Johnathan Gomez said during a recent visit to the store. “I am not a big fan of the store across the street, so I don’t know what I will do when this closes.”
The closest Safeway after this closure occurs is 83rd Avenue and Cactus Road in Peoria, but shoppers said they were unsure they would travel to the remaining location.
“I am really upset and I don’t know if I will remain a Safeway shopper,” Glendale resident Patricia Polansky said. “Maybe it is time to switch to Fry’s because if they don’t think we shop here or whatever their reasoning, I probably will switch stores.”
Albertson’s Cos. LLC is Safeway’s parent company. The companies merged in a $9 billion deal featuring Cerberus Capital Management LP in 2015.

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