(June 9) The breakup of Albertson's appears to be under way.

An announcement of plans to close 55 stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Colorado and Arizona came less than a week after a consortium closed on its $17.4 billion buyout of Boise, Idaho-based retailer Albertson’s Inc.

The consortium includes Eden Prairie, Minn.-based retailer Supervalu Inc. and New York-based private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.

Cerberus — under the new corporate moniker Albertsons LLC — said the closures should be completed by August.

Cerberus acquired 661 Albertsons stores considered unprofitable. Supervalu took control of about 1,100 stores in some Western states and regional banners Acme Markets, Bristol Farms, Jewel, Shaw’s Supermarkets and Star Markets. Supervalu upped its roster from 1,380 units to about 2,500.

Drug-store chain CVS Corp. acquired Albertson’s-owned stand-alone pharmacies in the buyout.

Albertsons LLC, based in Boise, said it was closing 30 stores in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma; nine in Arizona; and 16 in Colorado.

Albertsons will continue to operate 158 stores in its Fort Worth, Texas-based branch, the company said.

The company also will maintain 51 stores in Arizona, 22 in New Mexico and eight in El Paso, Texas, which is part of the Southwest branch it purchased from Albertson’s Inc.

Fifty-two Denver-division stores in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Dakota will remain open, Albertsons LLC said.

“It’s not a surprise at all,” said Ed Odron, president of Produce Marketing Consultants, a Stockton, Calif.-based retail consulting firm. “You’ve got some stores that are losers and just hemorrhaging, so it doesn’t surprise that they spun off stores and turned them into real estate. But again, Cerberus is a real-estate company.

“If they get rid of the losers and just keep the ones that show signs of profitability, they’ll have a good base. They have a team of people, many who are down-to-earth supermarket people, and if they can get rid of the ones that are pulling them down, I think that there’s a good chance that they could get the value of those stores back up and in two or three years figure out if they want to sell them off to somebody else or hang onto them.”

Stockholders at Supervalu and Albertsons had formally approved the sale, which included about $6 billion in assumed debt, at the end of May.