(June 18) SAN ANTONIO — H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, has purchased nine former Texas Albertson’s Inc. stores after Albertson’s exit from those markets this spring.

H-E-B stores will occupy five former Albertson’s in San Antonio, two in Houston and single stores in Laredo and Mission, said Shane McEntarffer, a media relations specialist with Albertson’s, Boise, Idaho.

Albertson’s announced it would close or sell 43 Houston stores and 20 stores in San Antonio in mid-March, as well as stores in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

The Grocer’s Supply Co. Inc., Houston; Kroger Co., Cincinnati; and Safeway Inc., Pleasanton Inc., also have agreed to purchase some of the Texas locations.