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by rwsandiego
May 29th, 2016, 12:12 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway
Replies: 711
Views: 133089

Re: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway

The harder question is flash back to 2000: Which chain seemed to be in a better spot on product trends, Safeway or Albertsons? Back then, in my view, Safeway was beating Albertsons in every market and I felt they had a far better quality/mix than Albertsons on both perimeter and private label. They...
by rwsandiego
May 29th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Acquisition and Integration of Haggen into Albertsons
Replies: 109
Views: 21471

Re: Acquisition and Integration of Haggen into Albertsons

Save Mart did 3 day turnarounds on its NorCal Albertsons and they did very similar remodels to Haggen (repaint walls and install new wall/aisle signs/checkstand lights). I am wondering if the redecoration is something Albertsons has encouraged these buyers to do (or forced them to do?). ... I wonde...
by rwsandiego
May 28th, 2016, 9:40 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway
Replies: 711
Views: 133089

Re: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway

... https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7441/26711406984_759e1463f2_b.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7470/27043533010_1efb041042_b.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7352/26711405904_141a784b7a_b.jpg That store looks awful. The bagged salad section at my local VONS, which is a pretty small store, will ...
by rwsandiego
May 28th, 2016, 8:06 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway
Replies: 711
Views: 133089

Re: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway

...10 years ago I would have said Safeway has a much better deli program than Kroger. The problem is Safeway has stayed the same and Kroger has made a lot of upgrades (Boar's Head, greatly expanded cheese, addition of baked seasoned and bbq seasoned chicken by the piece, addition of cold chinese fo...
by rwsandiego
May 28th, 2016, 7:52 pm
Forum: California USA
Topic: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday
Replies: 25
Views: 6343

Re: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday

Whole Foods has quite a few stores in the 30k square foot range that I've been into over the years. Most Wild Oats were that size or even smaller also. The stores are not as spacious as some of the others but they still seem to do a great business, probably better per square foot than the larger st...
by rwsandiego
May 24th, 2016, 8:27 pm
Forum: California USA
Topic: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday
Replies: 25
Views: 6343

Re: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday

klkla wrote:
rwsandiego wrote:The location was formerly a Ralphs and I believe an Alpha-Beta before that.
It was actually a Market Basket, then a Hughes Market, then Ralphs and now 365 by Whole Foods FWIW.
Yep, I was wrong. Not sure what I was thinking when I typed that. Thanks.
by rwsandiego
May 24th, 2016, 12:00 pm
Forum: California USA
Topic: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday
Replies: 25
Views: 6343

Re: First 365 by Whole Foods opens Wednesday

That looks like a Marina Safeway or a remodel that just looks like a Marina style storefront. Whole Foods is very careful about planning their stores. When a Whole Foods opens, their stores are packed with rich people who can spend. These new stores will try to be like Trader Joe's stores. It is un...
by rwsandiego
May 22nd, 2016, 8:35 pm
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Acquisition and Integration of Haggen into Albertsons
Replies: 109
Views: 21471

Re: Acquisition and Integration of Haggen into Albertsons

I am thinking that the sale has not closed yet. I suspect that Albertsons is waiting until the properties with the closed stores have been sold. Perhaps Albertsons wants nothing to do with shedding those properties? Speaking of Haggen, I heard the first Haggen radio that I've heard in years! I was ...
by rwsandiego
May 22nd, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: California USA
Topic: Ralphs new strategy
Replies: 12
Views: 3144

Re: Ralphs new strategy

Ranch 99 doesn't seem to run real clean stores, but they are high foot traffic and with the heavy amount of seafood being sold I think that leads to some cleanliness issues. I have found Seafood City seems to run cleaner stores despite having even more seafood so I am not sure what they are doing d...
by rwsandiego
May 19th, 2016, 11:01 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway
Replies: 711
Views: 133089

Re: Integration of Albertsons and Safeway

I saw similar lighting "enhancements" at the Windmill store in Henderson, Nevada, this week. Just like in your pictures, they had bolted bare fluorescent strips on to the end of the Lifestyle lights at some places, had added a row of fluorescent strips across the rear perimeter, had added fluoresce...