Bristol Farms to Convert Albertsons Unit for New Prototype

CARSON, Calif. -- Let the synergies begin. Bristol Farms' new prototype and biggest store ever will be a converted Albertsons, Bristol Farm officials said here last Friday.

The independently-operated gourmet retailer negotiated with its parent company, Albertsons, to buy an Albertsons-banner store in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles, with the intention of converting it to a new Bristol Farms prototype format by early next year, a spokeswoman told Progressive Grocer. This will be Bristol Farms’ twelfth, and biggest, store. The upscale merchant already operates three other stores in the immediate area.

Terms of the store purchase were not disclosed. The Albertsons store will close on or around July 7, the Bristol Farms spokeswoman said.

The purchased plant will undergo extensive construction. Expected to be about 35,000 square feet when it reopens, the prototype will feature a full-service restaurant, seafood counter, bakery, deli, cheese counter, and florist.

Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons bought the Bristol Farms chain last September.
-- Jenny McTaggart
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