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Sep 25, 2010 03:38 PM

The Newest Albertsons

On Balboa at Genessee.

Has King Arthur unbleached white whole wheat flour for $5.49 (regular $5.99)

Plugura butter (both types-8 oz) for $2.49 (regular $4.99)

In addition to many other Grand Opening deals and stock I haven't seen around here in a long time...
A major difference to "my" Albertsons (Santee)

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    1. I was wondering when that Albertsons was supposed to open. I'll have to check it out sometime as I'm in the area pretty often. This past weekend I tried to stop by the old Albertsons on 805/Balboa to find out that it is closed down. I guess maybe they figured having two locations that close together wasn't worth it (although they have Vons stores all over the place down here).

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      1. re: mliew

        This one is closer to Bristol Farms-in location and inventory.

        It is much larger than that old Albertson's.

        (You do know that Albertson's and Bristol Farms are owned by the same company...)

        1. re: Cathy

          I never knew that they had the same corporate parents. Now that I know that, it strikes me as odd, that the nearest Albertsons to me, which is in La Costa, is such a freakin dump. The Vons in La Costa is a few blocks away, and it is the Taj Mahal compared to that Albertsons. The Vons and Ralphs in Encinitas are muuuuch nicer. Maybe if they let a little of the BF vibe rub off on that Albertsons, their sales may actually go up.

          1. re: littlestevie

            My guess is that they are targeting the high and low ends of the market. Vons and Ralphs already have the mid price range of the market cornered around here.

            Then again it might just be limited to San Diego. The Albertsons in Irvine is really nice.

            1. re: littlestevie

              Yeah -- the PB Albertsons was a total dump for YEARS (ever since they picked up the location from what I vaguely recall was Lucky's). They just remodeled the store however, and while it's no longer a dump, it's really inadequate compared to the larger Vons and Ralphs in the area.

          2. re: mliew

            They closed another Albertson's on Balboa at Clairemont Drive a year or two ago. I suspect that all along, the new store was to replace those two. They probably got enough business at the 805/Balboa store that it was worth keeping it limping along until this new one was done. I think that Albertson's is adopting a consolidation strategy (like Ralph's did a while ago), leaving Von's to run the smaller "local" stores on their own.

            Funny that there is a Von's, Ralph's, Albertson's, and a Target with groceries all within 1/4 mile circle on Balboa just east of Genesee.

              1. re: RB Hound

                The Albertson's store on Balboa at Clairemont Dr. has been closed much longer than a year or two.

                The recently closed Albertson's at Balboa and 805 is a very large property (originally an Advantage supermarket) that was being rented by Albertson's. The location wasn't optimal for a supermarket and I'm guessing the store never got enough shoppers to justify the real estate costs. The last time I was there a local business was scoping out the property as a potential industrial production/distribution site.

                1. re: nileg

                  Cathy: Yeah, I'm aware that BF and Albertsons are the same company. Makes sense that BF now occupies the former Albertsons space in UTC. I'm glad the new Albertsons is more upscale, the one on 805/Balboa had good prices but the quality of their products was lacking quite a bit.

                  Nileg: Interesting to know that. It always seemed that the property was too large for Albertsons as they had a ton of open space in the back of the store that wasn't really being fully utilized.

                  But yeah, that area is particularly saturated with supermarkets for some reason. I guess there are enough people that live nearby to keep all of them in business.

                  1. re: nileg

                    nileg - I know I stopped by the Clairemont Drive / Balboa Albertson's at some point in early to mid 2008, so it can't be much more than 2 years ago that it closed. Not that it is worth any sort of argument. :)

                    Cathy - I didn't count Henry's as I consider them to be a different entity. If I do, I have to increase that circle to 1/2 mile. :)

                    Then again, Target's grocery selection strikes me as nothing more than a scaled up 7/11 with a decent selection of prepackaged foods (e.g. the cereal aisle).

                    I'm wondering how viable that Von's will be in the long run.

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      RB Hound: You're right...they closed on April 8, 2008. My mistake. Somehow it seemed longer than that.


                      1. re: RB Hound

                        I agree that Target is not really a competitor to a supermarket for food items. It's more of a convenient one stop store if you are there to buy other items and happen to need something like milk or eggs and don't want to make a special trip to the supermarket to get them.

                        Their prices on their food items tend to be cheap compared to the grocery store, although a couple of times I've found their products to be on the old side since the turnover isn't nearly as high as a supermarket.

                        Anyone try the meat there? I'm curious as to the quality.

                        1. re: mliew

                          Target is attempting to compete with the super Walmarts.

                            1. re: RB Hound

                              Super Walmarts have a full blown super market, like Vons Ralphs etc, in the same location, under the same roof, as the the regular Walmarts. Targets are targeting (nice pun) that business model by adding the same to their stores.

                              1. re: cstr

                                The City of San Diego banned Walmart Supercenters (and other stores of their bulk) back in 2006:


                              2. re: RB Hound


                                SuperWalmarts have been in San Diego County for a little more than a year now. Only three locations: Oceanside, Chula Vista and Lakeside.

                                1. re: Cathy

                                  And potentially Poway.

                                  I know what a Super Walmart is, cstr - I grew up in the Midwest. :) I was just joking that there aren't any in San Diego. And boy, are we the worse for it.

                                  1. re: RB Hound

                                    Sorry, I didn't see your smiley laugh graffic. :)

                                    1. re: RB Hound

                                      I grew up with the concept of a 'hypermarket'. Grocer, Department store all under the same roof with barber shop, dry cleaners, post office.

                                      It is extremely convenient in Michigan weather. Literally one stop shopping.