Around 1988-89 (shortly after moving to this area) Safeway stores in Longview-Kelso went on strike, and it drug on for several months. At the time there was Fred Meyer, Shop 'N Kart (independent with two stores), and Park 'N Shop (one independent store but had IGA affiliation) and Sinnett's Market Place. If memory serves me correctly, the independents mentioned, in addition to Fred Meyer, were all union but Safeway was the only one that went on strike. This area had a bigger union influence at the time and business shifted to those locations not striking.babs wrote: ↑July 9th, 2019, 8:23 am
Add Costco to the list of non-union grocers.
Has anyone see a recent list of market share in the Portland market? I suspect Kroger and Albertson stores going on strike no longer has the impact that it would had in years past. Hopefully both labor and management realize that before they go too far down the road towards a strike.
Today, all of those independents are gone, and while Fred Meyer is still around, we also have Walmart (2 locations) and WinCo in the mix. If Fred Meyer and Safeway both went on strike, the only alternatives would be non-union. The economy in this area has declined and I am not so sure people care as much about this these days. (I am still somewhat surprised that this area can support three Safeways) People have to eat.