10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, September 17, 2011

BY JACK KATZANEK
STAFF WRITER
jkatzanek@pe.com

Albertsons will close up to 100 stores if the union representing most of its employees strikes tonight, the grocer said in a statement released late Friday.

Albertsons will be the second of Southern California’s three largest grocery chains to close stores if United Food & Commercial Workers leaders call a strike. Ralphs announced Friday it will close all of its locations if a strike happens.

Albertsons spokeswoman Christie Ly said in an e-mailed statement that the 2003 and 2004 strike convinced them that it would not be good for business if all the stores remain open. They will close “up to 100 stores” for at least part of a strike’s duration. After a strike is over, company officials will decide whether to reopen them depending on business conditions.

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