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Report: Albertson’s Sale to Affect More Than 5,000 Employees

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Boise, Idaho Albertson’s pending sale of 49 Florida stores to Publix will affect 5,131 employees, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

The company notified the state for that 5,131 employees statewide would be laid off between Sept. 7 and Sept. 20, the report said.

Albertson’s spokesman Shane McEntarffer said Publix has agreed to interview all of those employees for rehiring, and that some may be transferred to other Albertson’s stores. Qualifying employees who are not rehired or transferred will receive severance.

The company will hold job fairs for all Albertson’s employees affected by the layoffs, and those workers that come to the job fair are guaranteed an interview, the report said.

The sale of 49 Florida Albertson’s stores which was announced Tuesday represents nearly half of the Albertson’s stores in the state.

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Report: Gap Inc. focus on retooling stores

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NEW YORK Gap Inc. is refocusing its efforts on using its existing real estate to create smaller stores, rather than open new stores, ceo Glenn Murphy siad at the PiperJaffray conference, according to The Associated Press.

According to the AP, Murphy said that Gap has too many stores that are too large for anything other than flaghsips or signature locations. The stores are 12,500 square feet each. Murphy said stores should ideally be between 6,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet.

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Winn-Dixie: Publix, Albertson’s deal won’t affect performance

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Commenting on the recent news that Albertson’s LLC will sell its 49 Florida stores to Publix Super Markets, Winn-Dixie chairman, president and ceo Peter Lynch, said that the transaction should not have a major impact on his company’s performance.

“Based on our analysis, only 10 of the 49 stores are within a two-mile operating radius of a Winn-Dixie location that does not currently compete with an existing Publix,” said Lynch. As a result, we do not believe this transaction will have a material impact on our long-term strategy or performance. Our remodeled stores continue to generate positive results. As we move forward, we will monitor business conditions and fine-tune product assortment, pricing and merchandizing efforts in each store to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

Albertson’s said it has accepted an offer from Publix Super Markets to purchase 49 of the company’s stores in Florida. The company intends to operate its remaining Florida division stores with the ongoing support of its distribution center in Plant City and division office in Lake Mary, Florida. The acquisition is expected to be complete in September.

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