The Albertsons in City Heights is one of 11 in Southern California closing its doors next month.
The departure comes two decades after Price Club founder Sol Price and CityLink developed the Albertsons facility to stoke community revitalization. Price’s motivation then: the closure of a Vons in the neighborhood.
Many call City Heights a food desert because it falls short on grocery retail space. Its seven full-service grocery stores offer just 1.64 square feet of retail space per resident, compared with the industry standard of 3 feet, according to a 2011 study by Social Compact, a nonprofit that encourages private investment in low-income communities.