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•  The Washington Business Journal reports that Albertsons has decided to close down a distribution center in Maryland's Prince George's County, and will begin "supplying its D.C.- and Baltimore-area stores from a Pennsylvania distribution center."

According to the story, centralizing distribution “will help fuel the company’s investments and benefit its e-commerce business, its brick-and-mortar stores, and its customers,” said Christine Wilcox, Albertsons’ general vice president of communications. “In addition, the partially automated facilities at this distribution center will create a more efficient supply chain that will allow us to reduce waste.” 

•  The Dayton Business Journal reports that Kroger "has confirmed it will close one of its Dayton-area stores … its location on 1822 S. Limestone St. The closure will take effect March 3."

According to the story, "The announcement comes one year after Kroger shuttered its Home Road location, which is on Springfield's north side. Kroger also closed its North Limestone Street store last year, bringing the total number of recent closures to three … The reason for the closure is due in part to a shift in priorities within the Kroger company," the story says, as Kroger tries to "reposition itself to handle call-in orders, delivery and other new ventures the company is making to compete with e-commerce companies such as Amazon and others."