ALBERTSON'S SUNBELT STORES ARE UP FOR GRABS

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's pullout from four markets is leading to industry speculation about the fate of the abandoned stores and the future direction of food retailing in those areas.A variety of major supermarket operators are being named as possible acquirers for the units, but it's also possible independents or wholesalers could be the purchasers.Although most of the stores will be up for sale,

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's pullout from four markets is leading to industry speculation about the fate of the abandoned stores and the future direction of food retailing in those areas.

A variety of major supermarket operators are being named as possible acquirers for the units, but it's also possible independents or wholesalers could be the purchasers.

Although most of the stores will be up for sale, industry observers told SN they are not sure how many of them may actually

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