BOISE, Idaho -- The grocery chain Albertsons plans to close several stores in the Northwest.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that seven of 111 shops will be shuttered, including the Albany store and others in Oregon, Washington, and western Idaho.

Albertsons spokesman Dennis McCoy says the Boise-based company is continuously evaluating its stores, pulling the plug on locations that are less profitable.

McCoy says some of the employees who worked at the affected stores may be able to transfer to a different location.

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