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Clearwater Albertsons to close next month

Published Apr. 20, 2015

The Albertsons grocery store in Clearwater will close at the end of May, leaving 86 people out of a job and many more looking for a new place to shop.

According to a state worker adjustment notice, the layoff date at the store at 2170 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. is scheduled for May 28.

As "foodie" culture and boutique markets have taken over Tampa Bay — with even Publix spiffing up stores to compete with the onslaught of Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's — Albertsons, an Idaho-based grocer that also owns the Safeway chain, has become a brand name that is no longer in the conversation in these parts.

There is one bay area Albertsons remaining, in Largo.

Contact Sean Daly at daly@tampabay.com. Follow seandalypoplife.

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