Forty-five employees will lose jobs as the grocery giant, which now owns Safeway, shifts production to Clackamas, Ore.,

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About 45 employees of a Safeway production bakery in Bellevue will lose their jobs at the end of February.

Boise-based Albertsons, which bought Safeway last year, plans to consolidate operations from the Bellevue plant to another plant in Clackamas, Ore.

“This was a difficult decision made after long and careful deliberation,” said Sara Osborne, a company spokesperson. “We evaluated the volume of work and believe that moving production to the Clackamas plant will allow us to run a more efficient operation.”

Albertsons is working with the employees affected by the closure and encouraging them to apply for other positions.

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The move will not affect store operations or other manufacturing plants in Washington, the company said.