Safeway Parent To Shut Down Distribution Center

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Albertson’s the parent company of Safeway has announced the closing of their Prince George’s County distribution center according to this Biz Journal report. If you’re not familiar with Safeway, their notorious for long checkout lines and high prices. It’s only a matter of time before Safeway exits the Baltimore region, leaving thousands of workers without jobs.

The parent company of Safeway grocery stores is closing a distribution center in Prince George’s County, a move that will lead to the elimination of 520 jobs, the company said in a filing Wednesday with the state.

The distribution center is located at 16020 Leeland Road in Upper Marlboro. Albertsons Cos., the Boise, Idaho, company that owns Safeway, will close the center in August and begin supplying its D.C.- and Baltimore-area stores from a Pennsylvania distribution center, according to an Albertsons spokesperson.

Albertsons will market the Upper Marlboro facility for sale after it closes, according to the spokesperson.

The Lancaster County distribution center in Pennsylvania will add about 300 new jobs, and Albertsons will offer some D.C.-area employees transfers when possible, according to the company. The Pennsylvania center will serve all of the 275 Safeway and Acme stores in the Mid-Atlantic.

Centralizing the distribution “will help fuel the company’s investments and benefit its e-commerce business, its brick-and-mortar stores, and its customers,” said Christine Wilcox, Albertsons’ general vice president of communications. “In addition, the partially automated facilities at this distribution center will create a more efficient supply chain that will allow us to reduce waste.”

There are no store closures in the Baltimore or Washington markets planned at this time, she said.