Safeway parent will lay off 520 in Prince George’s County

The parent company of Safeway grocery stores is closing a distribution center in Prince George’s County, a move that will lead to the elimination of 520 jobs, the company said in a filing Wednesday with the state.

The distribution center is located at 16020 Leeland Road in Upper Marlboro. Albertsons Cos., the Boise, Idaho, company that owns Safeway, will close the center in August and begin supplying its D.C.- and Baltimore-area stores from a Pennsylvania distribution center, according to an Albertsons spokesperson.

Albertsons will market the Upper Marlboro facility for sale after it closes, according to the spokesperson.

The Lancaster County distribution center in Pennsylvania will add about 300 new jobs, and Albertsons will offer some D.C.-area employees transfers when possible, according to the company. The Pennsylvania center will serve all of the 275 Safeway and Acme stores in the Mid-Atlantic.

Centralizing the distribution “will help fuel the company’s investments…

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