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Albertsons was founded by Joe Albertsons in Boise, Idaho. The store was located at 17th and State Streets, a few blocks north of downtown Boise. Albertsons when public in 1959 and in 1964 opened it's 100th store in Seattle, Washington. Albertson's made it's first acquision of the California-based All American Stores chain in 1966.

In 1969, it partnered with Skaggs Companies to create the first food and drug combo store, Albertsons-Skaggs. It dissolved amicably in 1977 with Skaggs keeping some stores and Albertsons keeping others.

Before it's most famous acquision, Albertsons made smaller acquisions in 1998 including Seessel's, Smitty's, Super One Foods, and Buttrey Food & Drug. All chains were rebranded Albertsons execpt Seessel's which was late sold off to Schnuck's Markets in 2003.

In 1999, Albertsons made it's biggest acquision of all by acquiring American Stores which included Acme, Jewel, Osco, Sav-on, and Lucky. Lucky was rebranded Albertsons in late 1999 and Osco stores in New England were sold to Jean Coutu in 2001 and rebranded Brooks. In 2004, Albertsons acquired Shaw's and Star Market.

In 2006, after putting it self up for sale it was acquired by Supervalu, Cerberus, and CVS/pharmacy. Supervalu got 564 Albertsons stores along with Jewel, Acme, Shaw's, Star Market, Bristol Farms and the Lucky trademark. Cerberus got 655 Albertsons stores along with Super Saver Foods, Grocery Warehouse, Max Foods and County Line Liquors, and CVS got all free-standing Osco and Sav-on drug stores and were rebranded CVS in late 2006.

In 2006, shortly after the sale newly formed Albertsons LLC, owned by Cerberus, closed 100 stores and sold their Northern California stores were sold to Save Mart, a Sacramento-based grocery stores. Supervalu also closed 60 Albertsons stores and rebraned 5 Albertsons into the Lucky name.

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