DENHAM SPRINGS -- Albertsons will shut down its Denham Springs location in September, Mayor Gerard Landry said today (Thursday).

Landry said store management informed him of the plans through a phone call today. Store management informed employees of the decision today, said Landry, who retired from the grocery business when he became mayor in 2015.

"I truly hate to see them go," he said. "They had a good operation and they were very good partners to the city during the flooding emergency a year ago."

The store parking lot served as a communications and rescue area during the Great Flood of 2016.

Landry said management had not given him a reason for closure. "It's obvious, though, that we've become a very competitive area for the grocery business," he said.

The addition of a Walmart Neighborhood Grocery and Rouses have created a much more crowded playing field over the last three years. A Hi-Nabor Supermarket planned for La. 16 at Magnolia Beach Road -- outside the city limits -- will only add to the already intense competition.

Management at the Boise, Idaho-based corporate headquarters could not be reached for comment today. Several locations have closed in the Baton Rouge area in recent years, including stores on Florida Boulevard at Sherwood Forest, Greenwell Springs Road and Airline Highway at Burnside in Gonzales.

The Denham Springs location opened in 2011 after Winn-Dixie shuttered the location as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization it filed in 2005.

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