Business & Real Estate

Raley’s to close Mack Road location in September

The Raley’s Supermarket at 4551 Mack Road will close its doors Sept. 12, the West Sacramento grocer confirmed Friday.

Raley’s spokeswomen Chelsea Minor said the company made the decision after various efforts to boost business at the store failed to produce significant results. She said Raley’s actions included cost-control measures, modified store hours and various operational changes.

She also noted that the Raley’s store was, in effect, “in competition” with a nearby, Raley’s-operated Food Source store at 6366 Mack Road.

“We don’t take this decision lightly,” she said, adding that Raley’s is hopeful that the Mack Road supermarket customers will shop at the Food Source outlet about a mile away.

Along that line, Minor said Raley’s will transfer pharmacy customers to a new pharmacy at the Food Source outlet.

News of the store closure came before noon Friday via a community announcement released by Sacramento City Councilman Larry Carr.

In the announcement, Carr said he was “disappointed” and noted that he has been working with the Mack Road Partnership, Raley’s and the owner of the shopping center to “find a solution and minimize the impact the closure will have on our community.”

Carr said he will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. June 17 at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 7501 Franklin Blvd., where representatives of Raley’s, Food Source and others will be available to answer questions. Carr encouraged community residents “to attend to voice their concerns on the closure and the future of the shopping center.”