Albertsons grocery store on East Side is chain's eighth in El Paso
Vic Kolenc El Paso Times

The 63,000 square-foot store is part of The Market at Pebble Hills shopping center, both built by River Oaks Properties at a cost of more than $15 million, said Adam Frank, president of River Oaks, a large, El Paso shopping center developer. It’s also completing the 25,000 square-foot The Shops at Pebble Hills center behind Albertsons at a cost of about $5 million, he said.

“We were talking to Albertsons five to six years to get them there,” Frank said. “Grocery store-anchored shopping centers are very popular.”

The Market at Pebble Hills has three of 11 retail spaces reserved for a nail salon, hair salon, and postal store, and is talking to restaurants and national retail franchises to fill the other spaces, Frank said.

Albertsons last had a store built in El Paso almost 20 years ago at 3100 N. Mesa St., near the University of Texas at El Paso, on the West Side.

The Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies is one of the largest supermarket operators in the nation, with 20 supermarket brands. The Albertsons brand has 394 stores in 14 states.

Albertsons Companies had sales of almost $54 billion in the 40-week period ending Dec. 5, 2020 — an increase of 14.7% compared to the same period in 2019, its latest financial report shows.

The new Albertsons features a Starbucks, a designer floral department, and a pharmacy with a drive-up window, according to a company news release.

The store employs 130 people, and Albertsons had no trouble filling the jobs, Nancy Keane, an Albertsons spokeswoman, said in an email.

he store director is Ozzie Carrillo, a Del Valle High School graduate who’s worked for Albertsons 27 years. He previously was store director of the Albertsons at 5630 N. Desert Blvd., and Redd Road, in far West El Paso.

As part of its grand-opening, the Albertsons Companies Foundation is donating $214,000 to several El Paso nonprofit organizations, including grants of $2,000 each to six East Side schools.

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