Albertsons in Manatee, 12 others in Florida closing

MANATEE - Albertsons grocery store chain is closing 13 stores in Florida including its Manatee Avenue location in Bradenton and its Lockwood Ridge Road location, leaving only four stores operating in the state.

An estimated 1,100 employees will be affected, said Albertsons Public Affairs Director Christine Wilcox. Of those, 77 are located in the Manatee Avenue store, which has been operating since 1982.

"We've had to make a strategic decision in Florida to go with the stores that are doing the best," Wilcox said. The four remaining stores are located in Clearwater, Altamonte Springs, Oakland Park and Largo.