The Boise-based company that now runs all the Albertsons supermarkets in Idaho and elsewhere in the U.S. has added 500 store employees in Idaho and started remodeling select stores, a spokesman said.
Albertson's LLC took over Idaho's stores after its ownership group signed a $3.3 billion deal to buy all the Albertsons stores it didn't already own and four other chains from Minnesota-based Supervalu Inc.
The ownership group, led by New York firm Cerberus Capital, had purchased hundreds of Albertsons stores in 2006 after the Albertsons company split in two, and Supervalu bought the remaining stores. But Supervalu struggled in recent years to make money, leading to the sale earlier this year.
After the deal closed in March, Albertson's LLC said shoppers wouldn't see much change in the near future. Since then, announcements have trickled out. An advertisement in a recent Sunday edition of the Idaho Statesman touted the new hires and mentioned renovations, including a remodel at the flagship Albertsons store on State Street in North Boise.
The 500 new employees are mainly at the front lines, working in stores as cashiers, deli employees or other customer-service jobs, said Dennis McCoy, spokesman for the company's local division.
Some of those people had previously worked for Albertsons, such as holiday employees.
"We've got some things coming on the horizon that our customers are going to love," McCoy said. He declined to provide details, saying only, "Our tagline, 'You're in for something fresh,' is really what we're hanging our hat on."
All told, the company has added a total of 1,600 store-level jobs since it bought the Albertsons stores, he said.