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Save Mart closing two stores in Sacramento area

Modesto-based Save Mart Supermarkets said Tuesday that it will close two “struggling” stores in the Sacramento area by March 19.

Save Mart spokeswoman Nannette Miranda said the stores slated for closure are at 2735 Marconi Ave. – in the Town & Country Village shopping center – in Sacramento and at 8839 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.

Miranda said about 50 people are employed at each store.

“We are working very hard to get them jobs at other stores,” she said.

Save Mart also oversees supermarket brands that include Lucky, FoodMaxx, and S-Mart.

She said the grocer also plans to close an S-Mart store in Stockton, a Save Mart store in San Jose and a Lucky supermarket in Santa Clara by the end of March.

“We reviewed our operations, and we felt that some strategic moves were necessary,” Miranda said in a phone interview. “These stores have struggled to meet the needs of the market.”

Save Mart Supermarkets operates more than 200 stores in California and Nevada. After the closures, Save Mart Supermarkets will still oversee about a dozen stores in the Sacramento region.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover