Albertsons

Humble Beginnings

Albertsons was founded, and is currently headquartered in Boise, Idaho. The original store was opened in 1939 by Joe Albertson. The grocery store offered perks that other chains had recently begun to offer such as free parking, a money back guarantee, and even an in store ice cream shop. The location was a huge success and the huge profits that the store took in allowed them to open new locations. The company continued to grow reaching 100 locations in 1964. In 1969 Albertsons started a partnership with Skaggs Drug stores creating the first combination Grocery-Drug stores, now a normal fixture.

A Skaggs Albertsons location in Amarillo, Tx

The number of combination stores continued to grow until 1977 when the decision was reached to end the partnership. Due to neither company being large enough to buy the other out, the partnership was split. Skaggs was given control of the stores in  Oklahoma, Arkansas, and most in Texas. While Albertsons was given the stores in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and the rest of the Texas stores. These Skagg stores were eventually reacquired by Albertsons. As the end of the decade moved closer Albertsons began to acquire new chains, and expand into new markets.


Rough Times

Around 2002 Albertsons started to divest different regional chains due to lacking market share. In 2006 Albertsons agreed to be acquired by SuperValu, Cerberus Capital Management, and CVS. At the time Albertsons consisted of 1779 stores under many different banners. The main chains ended up as Albertsons LLC with 665 locations in Arizona, Northern California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming owned by Cerberus, and New Albertsons Inc. with 564 locations in Southern California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming owned by SuperValu. Over the following years many locations were closed and both chains continued to shrink.


Reunited and It’s a Great Deal

In 2013 SuperValu the owner of New Albertsons Inc announced their intentions to sell their Albertsons stores to Albertsons LLC owned by Cerberus. Up until this point the two chains operated as completely separate entities only sharing a name. In 2014 Albertsons was approached by Safeway regarding a merger, and after FTC approval including closing and selling certain locations from both chains the merger was completed in 2015. The new company is divided into 14 different divisions. This now means that certain locations purchased by Randall’s are once again owned by Albertsons.


Operations in Houston | 1995-2002

Albertsons entered the Houston, Texas market in 1995.1 The chain expanded into the Houston market by opening about 10 locations in 1995. They were able to get a feel for the market and opened a few stores in the coming years. The real expansion occurred in 2000 with around 15 stores opening and even more being opened in 2001. In March of 2002 Albertsons made an announcement that they had decided to pull out of under performing markets. Contrary to Albertsons current and planned growth this included the Houston area.2 At the time of the announcement the company had 43 stores open. With multiple parcels of land that they were planning to develop. Albertsons managed to claim 8.7% of the Houston grocery market. For comparison at the time Kroger claimed 26 percent, Randall’s claimed 17 percent, HEB claimed 13 percent and Fiesta claimed 10 percent. The chain had previously closed six stores in Houston under the guise of restructuring the chain. At the time of their announcement 10 stores were closed immediately with the remaining 33 vowing to stay open until buyers could be found. At the time of pull-out Kroger agreed to buy 16 stores directly from Albertsons along with two parcels of land they were planning to build on. The list of stores can be found here.

Albertson’s on Veteran’s Memorial Blvd. at time of opening.

Since Albertson’s exit from the Houston market was so unexpected many new stores and concepts were being developed right up until the point of exit. Because of this many of the Kroger acquired stores have very unusual features. The features include Gas Stations with full Convenience Stores. Also some stores were fitted with Garden Centers. Most Gas Station and convenience stores continue to operate under Kroger. However the Garden Centers were not long lived. Due to the reluctance of getting Kroger to operate a full blown Garden Center an alternative use for the space was established. They decided to use the area as a Dollar Store. You can read more about the concept here.

When moving into an Albertsons that was already operating Kroger did little to change the aesthetics. Going so far as to leave all original signage that did not say “Albertsons” anything that did have to be replaced was even given a special font as to match that already hung signs. You can see one example of the special Kroger logo here.

2 Locations were purchased by HEB during their early 2000s expansion into the Houston area. They both replaced Pantry Foods locations and were purchased after being closed by Albertsons.

If you know of a location that has yet to be added to the list please leave it in the comments and I will review it.

The Opened and Closed dates are taken mainly from http://hcad.org some dates may be inaccurate. Other sources include news paper articles and some retail listings.

Store Numbers Address Current Tenant Opening Dates of Tenants
2703 12555 Briar Forest Dr.
Houston, TX 77077
Kroger Albertsons: 1995-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2704 7430 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505
Vacant Albertsons: 1995-2002
Vacant: 2002-Present
2705 7530 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77063
DSW/REI* Albertsons: 1995-2002
Linens N Things: 20002-2008
DSW: 2008-Present/REI: 2002-Present
2706 4425 FM 1960 W.
Houston, TX 77068
24 Hour Fitness Albertsons: 1995-2002
Vacant: 2002-2006
24 Hour Fitness: 2006-Present
2707 15875 FM 529
Houston, TX 77095
Food Town Albertsons: 1995-2002
Food Town: 2002-Present
2723 220 S. Loop 336 W.
Conroe, TX 77304
Kroger Albertsons: 1995-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2726 525 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, TX 77450
Randalls Albertsons: 1996-2002
Randalls: 2002-Present
2727 3517 N Main St.
Baytown, TX 77521
Food Town Albertsons: 1995-2002
Food Town: 2002-Present
2728 14625 Beechnut St.
Houston, TX 77083
World Food Imports Albertsons: 1995-2002
Vacant: 2002-2005
World Food Imports: 2005-Present
2729 10010 Cypresswood Dr.
Houston, TX 77070
Kroger Albertsons: 1997-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2730 19750 N. Fwy.
Spring, TX 77373
Conn’s/Sears Outlet* Albertsons: 1995-2002
Vacant: 2002-2012
Conn’s: 2012-Present/Sears Outlet: 2013-Present
2731 4811 Hwy. 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
Star Cinema Grill Albertsons: 1996-2002
Vacant: 2002-2009
Velocity Sports Performance: 2009-2011
Star Cinema Grill: 2011-Present
2732 16811 El Camino Real
Houston, TX 77058
H-E-B Albertsons: 1996-2002
HEB: 2002-Present
2733 7506 FM 1960
Atascocita, TX 77346
Auto Zone/Bike Barn* Albertsons: 2000-2002
Vacant: 2002-2008
Autzone/Bike Barn: 2008-Present
2734 3830 W. Davis Street
Conroe, TX 77304
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2735 2250 Buckthorne Pl.
Spring, TX 77380
Randalls Albertsons: 2000-2002
Randalls: 2002-Present
2736 151 N. Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77506
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2741 10251 Kempwood Dr.
Houston, TX 77043
H-E-B Albertsons: 1998-2002
HEB: 2002-Present
2742 1630 Spencer Hwy. South
Houston, TX 77587
Mi Tienda Albertsons: 1997-2002
HEB: 2002-2005
Mi Tienda: Tuesday Oct 3rd 2006-Present
2743 20851 FM 1485
New Caney, TX 77357
Food Fair Albertsons: 2000-2002
Food Fair: 2002-Present
2744 250 S. FM 270
League City, TX 77573
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2745 7121 Broadway St.
Pearland, TX 77581
Food Town Albertsons: 2000-2002
Food Town: 2002-Present
2751 1890 FM 359
Richmond, TX 77469
Randalls Albertsons: 2000-2002
Randalls: 2002-Present
2752 4303 Kingwood Dr.
Humble, TX 77339
H-E-B Albertsons: 2000-2002
Vacant: 2002-2003
HEB: 2003-Present
2753 9725 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX 77096
Food Town Albertsons: 1997-2002
Vacant: 2002-2006
Food Town: 2006-Present
2754 8000 Research Forest Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2755 9525 S. Kirkwood Rd.
Houston, TX 77099
Food Town Albertsons: 1998-2002
Kroger: 2002-2005
Food Town: 2005-Present
2757 2770 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. W. Houston, TX 77083 Food Town Albertsons: 1998-2002
Food Town: 2002-Present
2760 1500 W. Grand Pkwy. S.
Katy, TX 77494
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2761 11701 E. Sam Houston Pkwy.
Houston, TX 77089
Kroger Albertsons: 1998-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2762 18322 Clay Rd.
Houston, TX 77084
Randalls Albertsons: 1999-2002
Randalls: 2002-Present
2763 4710 Spring Cypress Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
DPS Mega Center Albertsons: 1999-2002
Vacant: 2002-2012
DPS Mega Center: 2012-Present
2766 9125 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N.
Houston, TX 77061
Kroger Albertsons: 1999-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2768 5620 W. Tidwell Rd.
Houston, TX 77091
YES Prep Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2003-2011
YES Prep 2012-Present
2769 12603 Louetta Rd.
Houston, TX 77429
Enchanted Cypress Ballroom Albertsons: 1999-2002
Vacant: 2002-2005
Enchanted Cypress Ballroom: 2005-Present
2773 1770 E. T.C. Jester Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
Heights Self Storage Albertsons: 2000-2002
Vacant: 2002-2004
Heights Self Storage: 2004-Present
2790 12400 FM 1960 W.
Houston, TX 77065
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
2794 8745 Spring Cypress Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
Kroger Albertsons: 2001-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
27?? 11565 Hwy. 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Kroger Albertsons: 2000-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present
27?? 7747 Kirby Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
Kroger Albertsons: 2001-2002
Kroger: 2002-Present

*These locations were subdivided

One comment on “Albertsons
  1. John says:

    Albertson’s suffered because of expansion of HEB.

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