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Keeping customers satisfied has been an enduring goal of the grocery chain founded in Boise by Joe Albertson in 1939. But a lot of things have changed in the past five years. In 2013, Albertsons moved out of the shadow of Supervalu, which lost money for most of the years it owned a big part of the chain. In 2015, Albertsons bought Safeway, creating the second largest supermarket chain in the United States. Albertsons now has more than 280,000 employees and 2,323 stores under 21 banners across the country.
In the 2006 breakup, a private investment consortium led by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management bought about 660 stores carrying the Albertsons name that Supervalu didn’t want, mostly in the South and Southwest. Cerberus hired Bob Miller, who spent 30 years at Albertsons before serving as CEO of Fred Meyer and Rite Aid, to run them quietly from the old Albertsons Inc. headquarters on ParkCenter Boulevard. But from 2006 to 2013, Miller closed some money losing stores including about 100 right away and sold most of the others.
And while Albertsons is still closing individual stores here and there, it is opening even more. It opened 18 stores and remodeled 119 in the first three quarters of this fiscal year. In the Treasure Valley, the company is replacing a small store on Broadway Avenue with a bigger one, and remodeling a former Shopko store at Eagle and Fairview roads. Both stores will have more variety in fresh food and will offer in store dining. The existing Broadway store is the only one in the Valley that hasn’t been remodeled.
Private equity owners typically sell their investments eventually. In July 2015, Albertsons’ owners announced their intent to take the company public through a stock offering. Then they decided to delay the offering, although the equity firm has continued to update its prospectus filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating it still wants to sell. (Those filings include financial data, such as profits and losses, that publicly traded companies must disclose, but that most privately held companies keep to themselves, as Albertsons did until 2015.)
Albertsons stores operate under these names: Albertsons, Albertsons Market, Safeway, Jewel Osco, Vons, Lucky, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs, Sav On, Acme, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets, United Express, Market Street, Amigos, Haggen, Andronico’s Community Markets and Pak ‘n Save Foods.
Who owns Albertsons
A consortium led by Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private equity firm, owns the company. Cerberus manages a portfolio with more than $30 billion of capital and is currently in negotiations to buy ailing German bank HSH Nordbank AG.
The other owners are:
Klaff Realty of Chicago, with investments worth more than $17 billion, focuses on retail and office holdings.
Lubert Adler Partners of Philadelphia has investment in multifamily housing, retail businesses and hotels.
Schottenstein Stores Corp of Columbus, Ohio, owns more than 50 shopping centers and operates discount department stores, warehouse shoe stores and furniture stores.