The image shown below is an excerpt from the full Albertsons 4700 Series table featuring exclusively the Chattanooga area Albertsons stores that the company operated between 1998 and 2000. Albertsons entered the Chattanooga metropolitan area (as well as that of Nashville) in August 1998 with the purchase of 15 stores from supermarket operator Bruno's. In the Chattanooga area, this included four FoodMax stores: two in Chattanooga proper, and two in surrounding suburbs (including one in Georgia, which would wind up being Albertsons's only store ever to operate in that state). Albertsons converted each of the stores to their own nameplate, resetting and remodeling them. But if Albertsons was hoping to use the Bruno's purchase as a catalyst to opening even more new stores in the market, they would quickly find themselves disappointed. Albertsons never built a ground-up store of their own in the Chattanooga area during their tenure there.
Bruno's agreed to sell the 15 stores to Albertsons in conjunction with their 1998 bankruptcy filing. Unfortunately, as it turned out, Albertsons wasn't doing all that much better themselves at that point in time. In what can perhaps be seen as a prelude to 2001's closure of some 165 underperforming stores, Albertsons announced the summer prior that they would be exiting the Chattanooga market, closing all four area stores. After August 3rd, 2000, Albertsons in Chattanooga was no more, and the former stores were left to seek new operators. Not much later, Albertsons in 2002 shuttered the remainder of their Mid-South division.
Again, below is a screenshot of the full Albertsons Mid-South Division table compiled by Albertsons Florida Blog and myself, edited to include only the Chattanooga area stores. Information on each store includes its store number, its address, and a detailed history of the location. Click the image to enlarge, and be sure to view the full table and its accompanying blog post at the link provided at the top of this post.
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To view the Memphis (Seessel's) excerpt of the full table, please click here. To view the Nashville excerpt of the full table, please click here. To view the full table over at the Albertsons Florida Blog, please click here.
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