Another Albertsons Louisiana closure, this time in Bossier City:http://m.ksla.com/ksla/db_350562/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=1uRmEWYZ
With all of the Albertsons closures taking place around the state, could they potentially be looking to pull out of the state completely (or at least the northern portion)? Along the I-20 corridor east of DFW, the only remaining stores will be in Longview and Shreveport (one store each). Which both Kroger and Brookshires outnumbering them in store count, is the long term feasibility of these stores really possible?
Bossier isn't a big surprise; more so that it lasted this long. It shared a shopping center with Kmart, which closed last year. Most of Bossier's retail has moved north, with the exception of Pierre Bossier Mall, which was on an opposite corner from this center. Brookshire operates a Super 1 about a mile south, and Kroger and Walmart both operate large stores a mile north on Airline. Essentially, if Albertsons did what they normally do (hint: nothing), that's why this one is going.
I don't know how the Shreveport store will survive this, as it's located off most of the main roads on Southfield Blvd. It is close to Super 1, Walmart and two large Krogers, including one Marketplace, and it competes with the flagship Brookshire store over on Line Avenue. I'd say its days are numbered.
Longview is another interesting story. It's been around almost 40 years in the same location under four nameplates: Skaggs Superstore, Skaggs Alpha Beta, Jewel-Osco, then Albertsons for the last 25 years. Across from the Longview Mall, it doesn't face but Walmart in direct, less than a mile away competition. Longview has really scaled back grocery in the last 30 or so years. I grew up near there. When we moved in, there were 1 A&P, 2 Kroger, 3 Safeway, 5 Brookshire's and a handful of independents. The independents, Safeway and A&P are all long gone. There were 2 Albertsons at one time, now one. 5 Brookshire's went down to 1 plus 3 Super 1 Foods. The lone Kroger Family Center still runs, but a second store closed years ago. Food Lion came and went. There are, however, 3 Walmart Supercenters and a Neighborhood Market to contend with, plus Aldi. I would agree that economy of scale isn't in Albertsons' favor now.