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Two underperforming Philadelphia-area Acme supermarkets, located in Chalfont and Warminster, Pa., are slated to close next month.
Angela Perez, Acme's manager, communications and public affairs, told PG that associates at the stores were informed "that their locations would be closing as a result of not meeting company goals." Added Perez: "The stores will close by Nov. 13, 2014, with liquidation sales beginning on Nov. 24. Associates who are interested in remaining with the company will have the opportunity to transfer to open positions at nearby stores."
The decision to close the stores was made because "Acme is committed to running as many profitable stores as possible," she explained. "Like any responsible business owner, we evaluate our locations frequently and do everything we can to increase profitability and gain customer traffic so that we can further invest in our store base."
Despite the planned closures, Perez noted that Acme was still expanding. "We are in the process of building a new store in Beach Haven, N.J.," she said. "In addition, we are in the middle of a significant remodel in our Chestertown, Md., location. Finally, we've added beer sales, with the opening of the Frosted Mug [beer cafés] in our Flourtown, Pa., [store] and 19th and Oregon location in Philadelphia. Future store remodels and Frosted Mug openings are currently underway."
About 130 associates are affected by the store closings, local TV station NBC10 reported.
Owned by Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons LLC, the grocery chain currently operates 110 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.