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Raley's in Pittsburg to become Food Source

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 - 8:05 am

Raley's will convert its Pittsburg location to a Food Source, the West Sacramento-based grocer announced Tuesday.

The news came days after Raley's took its Bel Air location, 1885 E. Gibson Road, in Woodland off the chopping block last week as part of what the company said was a "temporary moratorium" on store closures. Raley's announced in August it would close both stores.

The switch to Food Source, Raley's discount warehouse imprint, in Pittsburg will take six to eight weeks. Plans are to reopen in mid-November, officials said.

Raley's Pittsburg employees are being given the option to transfer to other Raley's locations or apply to Food Source.

About 70 employees worked at the Pittsburg store at the time of the August announcement, said spokesman John Segale, but that number has dropped as some have transferred to other Raley's stores in the region.

Last November, Raley's converted a Raley's location set to close in North Highlands to a Food Source.

Earlier this year, the supermarket chain also announced it would close Raley's, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods locations in Elk Grove, Milpitas, Modesto and Rancho Cordova.

Raley's is involved in tense negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers union and continues to battle nonunion stores that have eroded its market share.

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