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Grocery shoppers in northeast St. Petersburg recently saw a new supermarket open, and now another major chain nearby is answering with an expansion of its own.
Albertsons Food Store, 3700 Fourth St. N, will grow about 14 percent bigger with an extension on its north side. Company officials expect the project to be finished by the end of the year.
Store managers would not comment, referring inquiries to Albertsons headquarters in Boise, Idaho.
"It will be a lot of new departments for our customers," spokeswoman Jenny Enochson said. "We don't have a lot of specifics.
"It will certainly allow us to provide a wider selection and expanded specialty departments," she said.
Parking spaces on the north side will be rearranged so cars will face north and south, rather than the current east-west setup. New landscaping and some outdoor sales areas are planned.
The project will add about 8,000 square feet to the store, according to city records. It currently is 56,725 square feet.
Albertsons opened at the site in 1975, when it was known as Skaggs-Albertsons. The name was shortened to Albertsons in 1977.
Chain groceries have been giving the neighborhood considerable attention. A couple of blocks away, Publix Super Markets Inc. opened a 61,000-square-foot store last month at Northeast Shopping Center. A few days later, the chain began storefront renovations on the rest of the center.