SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Albertson's will close all 17 in-store pharmacies in its 43-store Northern California division here. The Boise, Idaho-based company cited intense competition in a very large market as the reason behind the closures. The division began closing down its prescription drug operation this week and plans to sell both its inventory and prescription files in an open bid process. Michael Read, director of public relations and government affairs for the chain, said that "with ...

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