United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas, said eight Albertsons in west Texas formerly supplied by a third-party distributor will be supplied by United’s facility by mid-June.

United is a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons.


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The eight Albertsons stores are currently supplied by a facility in Fort Worth, Texas, operated by Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan., which acquired the distribution center from Albertsons LLC several years ago. That facility will continue to supply other Albertsons stores, the company said.

The Albertsons stores that will switch distribution to United’s facility include three in Midland, three in Odessa and single stores in San Angelo and Abilene. All will continue to operate under the Albertsons banner with no changes in personnel.

The company said the transition is scheduled to begin with the Abilene location on May 30 and continue at the other seven stores through June 13.

According to Robert Taylor, president of United, “This move makes great business sense. With our Lubbock-based distribution center within 125 to 200 miles of these cities, we can serve these eight stores more efficiently and most effectively, which translates into greater quality on the shelves.”

The Fort Worth facility is close to 400 miles from the eight Albertsons stores.

Taylor said United and Albertsons have been working to identify ways they can work together to bring about positive benefits to the stores.

Though the eight stores will not change their identities, “this is an incredible opportunity to invest in and grow both great brands for Texas,” Taylor said. “These stores are all high-volume, well-operated stores. Our goal is to maintain their positive performance and look for ways to grow that production in the future.”

United said its 525,000-square-foot Lubbock facility has extra capacity since the company opened a second distribution center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2010.

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