Four supermarkets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are scheduled to close on December 1.
Two are Albertsons stores; the other two are Tom Thumbs. But all four fall under the same corporate umbrella; Albertsons and Tom Thumb merged in 2014.
The stores are being closed because they're unprofitable, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The locations of the closures are as follows:
- Albertsons at 10800 N. Beach St., Fort Worth
- Albertsons at 1300 W. Belt Line Rd., DeSoto
- Tom Thumb at 2600 Flower Mound Rd., Flower Mound
- Tom Thumb at 820 S. Macarthur Blvd., Coppell
Tom Thumb spokeswoman Connie Yates called the closures a "tough decision" but one that's necessary for success.
Following the closures, Tom Thumb will have a total of 63 stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, while Albertsons will have 33 locations.
At the same time, the company is opening two stores in Dallas' urban core: one right outside the Central Business District at Live Oak and Texas Street, and another in Uptown Dallas at the new Union building at Cedar Springs Road and Akard Street, which will be home to a number of buzzy restaurants including The Henry and North Italia, both from Fox Restaurant Concepts, and SkinnyFats, a cool concept from Nevada that's new to Texas.
The development includes an office high-rise, a 31-story apartment building, retail, and an outdoor central plaza with a park-like setting. The Tom Thumb will span 60,000 square feet.
The new Live Oak location opens across the street from Tom Thumb's very first convenience store, which also has a gas station; it opened in June. The store is going behind the Elan apartment building, part of a neighborhood a few blocks north of Deep Ellum that's booming with new apartment construction.
It'll be the most convenient location to the growing population of residents in downtown Dallas.
The company is also closing stores in Houston — specifically three Randalls stores, a company it also owns.