The supermarket chain Fresh & Easy has announced that it is closing 50 stores in three states. That includes seven here in the Bay Area.
The company says it plans to transition to smaller stores. The firm that designed Apple stores will design a new look for Fresh & Easy.
According to our media partner the San Jose Mercury News, the seven Bay Area stores that will be closing are at:
Ten other stores in the area will remain open.
Los Angeles-based The Yucaipa Cos. bought the chain out of bankruptcy in 2013 from British retailer Tesco. Since that time, the company gradually changed the stores' look and introduced a new "click and collect" service in Las Vegas that allows shoppers to buy online and pick up the purchased items at the store.
Fresh & Easy said the service will serve as a test for a wider rollout.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.