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Raley’s to close two Bay Area stores

A spokeswoman for the West Sacramento-based chain said the company is exploring several sites downtown for a smaller-format, farmer’s market style store that would appeal to residents who live in a denser and more pedestrian-oriented environment.
A spokeswoman for the West Sacramento-based chain said the company is exploring several sites downtown for a smaller-format, farmer’s market style store that would appeal to residents who live in a denser and more pedestrian-oriented environment. RBenton@sacbee.com

West Sacramento-based Raley’s, which last week announced that it will close its Raley’s Supermarket on Mack Road in September, confirmed Friday that it will soon close two more stores in the Bay Area.

The grocer said it will close its Nob Hills Foods store in San Jose on June 20 and its Raley’s Supermarket in Newark on Aug. 1.

Company spokeswoman Chelsea Minor said in an email statement: “Each store is evaluated individually on performance. These individual decisions are sometimes necessary for the betterment of the whole. We continue to evaluate the marketplace to ensure the viability and lasting commitment that Raley's has had for the last 80 years. We know a store closure is difficult for our communities, and we hope to serve them at our other locations.”

Last week, the local company said it will close the Raley's Supermarket at 4551 Mack Road on Sept. 12.

Minor said that store has struggled despite Raley’s moves that included cost-control measures, modified store hours and various operational changes.

She also noted that the supermarket was, in effect, “in competition” with a nearby, Raley’s-operated Food Source store at 6366 Mack Road. She said pharmacy customers using the Mack Road stores will be transferred to the nearby Food Source outlet.

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