Idaho-based supermarket chain Albertson’s has revealed plans to open three new outlets in Bakersfield, hot on the heels of a trio of recent store closures.

The new stores, to be situated on Coffee Road (northwest), Stockdale Highway (southwest) and Brundage Avenue (Southeast Redevelopment Project area), have been seen as a bid by the grocer to capitalise on Bakersfield’s rapidly expanding grocery market. The Brundage Avenue store will see Albertson’s join Food 4 Less, which is due to open in February, as one of only two major grocers in southeast Bakersfield; an area with 83,000 residents.

Each store will be between 50,000ft² and 57,000ft², include a deli, bakery and pharmacy, and employ around 100 people. Construction will begin this year and each outlet will take between seven to nine months to be complete.

Albertsons currently controls five supermarkets in Bakersfield, because over the past two years, it has closed three stores on Ming Avenue, H Street and Columbus Street.

“Usually we’ll close underperforming stores and open stores in newer areas,” Gutierrez, , explained to local newspaper The Bakersfield Californian.

Jeff Dierck, senior real estate manager for the group, hinted that this time Albertson’s might not stop with merely creating store replacement stores: “We’re looking for other opportunities in Bakersfield,” he said.