The constant onslaught of idiocy from the White House is so depressing I don’t blame people who have stopped paying attention. Just remember to wake up in time to vote this year.
ONE TURKEY DOWN- David Marcus has finally quit the PD’s office and slunk off into the sunset and we the voters have yet to receive a decent explanation for his hiring in the first place. WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE??? Who wanted him hired?? One of the Supes? In the absence of any other explanation, I’ll take that one. Remember, elections are coming.
NIGHT MARKETS- have been a big thing in Asia for years and I’ve wondered why we don’t do them here. Finally, they had one in Arcata’s Creamery District and I’m wondering how it went. Wouldn’t more people come to the Farmers’ Markets if they were in the evening? I think so.
COSTCO- I just called in a prescription to COSTCO and was delighted to find that their automated system now keeps track of your prescriptions and offers refills for the ones that are coming due. At least ONE thing that ‘s improved.
THANKSGIVING- probably my least favorite Holiday. It’s too darn close to Christmas. This year, for the first time, I ordered the whole meal from Murphy’s and I have to say they did a good job. Thank God I had a guest from the Bay Area who willingly took the leftover turkey home with him. I’m not real big on turkey. For sandwiches, I prefer chicken, which you can get at WINCO. My friend drove off talking about turkey soup and turkey enchiladas. He can have them. Remember the hot turkey sandwiches at Stanton’s? Now THOSE were good!
SHORT RIBS- on sale at Safeway for $5.99 through Tuesday the 5th. And already it’s December!!!!
From KCRA: “Crime statistics by the Redding Police Department show in January 2015, the Safeway on Pine Street had 151 calls made to police from that location with 15 arrests. In February, after the store changed its hours, the number of calls dropped to police to 67, with arrests dropping to seven. Those numbers stayed consistently lower for the months to come.”
Translation: when this store started closing between midnight and 6am, their police calls dropped to less than half the former numbers. However, the other Redding Safeway, which continues its 24-hour open policy, has seen its police calls GROW from 57 calls and three arrests in February to 109 calls and 19 arrests in May. In other words, they doubled.
It appears this is a whack-a mole situation- the trouble calls move around to where the OPEN stores are. What if they BOTH closed down during the wee hours? What a concept!
In Eureka, anyway. Good local Union jobs! Everyone starts out part-time. Do not be fooled by the phone listings in the phone book. The first is actually the pharmacy, the second answers with a fax tone. No, instead go online at Safeway.com, click on “careers’ and download the application form then call the customer service number, 269-0133, when you’re ready to bring it in. Good luck!
It was announced in the Sacramento Business Journal today that Cerebus, which bought and downsized Albertson’s, has reached a deal to buy Safeway in a $9B deal.. No details at this time about Redwood Coast implications. We will be following this story, believe me.
You may have heard by now that the second largest grocery chain in the country (after Kroger) is in talks with a potential buyer. The announcements have been coy about the identity of the potential buyer but speculation has centered on Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm that bought 600 Albertson’s stores in 2006, and pared the lot down to 200 over the next seven years.
Safeway, headquartered in Pleasanton, is the fifth-largest employer in the East Bay and currently owns 1400 stores. It has already divested itself of 213 stores in Western Canada and is in the process of unloading 72 Dominick’s stores in Chicagoland, apparently getting itself in shape for a sale. Safeway is being closed-mouthed about negotiations as would be expected. The United Food and Commercial Workers, which represent Safeway employees, are posting updates on their website, as available. Cerberus was involved in a similar takeover of the Albertson’s chain in 2006 which , according to the Union, “did not go well”. If any stores are closed, you would expect them to be stores in low-income areas or historically unprofitable stores. Considering the long distances between the North Coast stores (Crescent City, McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka and Fortuna, with Eureka already converted one store to a VA Clinic) one would think the remaining stores were safe, but who knows?
Traditional grocery stores have come under intense pressure from competitors such as WalMart, Dollar General and on the other end of the spectrum, Whole Foods. Kroger’s reported a 3% growth for the first three quarters of 2013 while Safeway showed less than 2%. Whole Foods reported 5%, which if you’ve shopped in their stores explains their nickname, “Whole Paycheck”.
Let’s hope that things go smoothly and well for our friends and neighbors who work for Safeway. Change happens but hopefully this will be positive change.