Friday, January 15, 2010

Fresh and Not So Easy

So it looks as if Fresh and Easy has a few other challenges before it. How will our self touted "pro-union" council deal with this one. More specifically, how will the illustrious Mr. Vreeland justify his posturing in front of a non union enterprise that has yet to be opened?

Jim Wagner 


Lionel Emde said...

Would it be different if it were Trader Joes?

I'm not aware that TJ's is a union shop and it is owned (last I heard) by a Swiss corporation.

I don't think we have much to worry about, unless things start getting better quickly, in which case there's nothing to worry about.

Kathleen Rogan said...

Unions should not be afraid of competition, it's the American way. One job created is better than none.

Now, having said that, I am a loyal Safeway Customer. I only shop there, even online. The reasons why; I have been shopping there since I was a kid. I get excellent service. I am a big customer service person, treat me well and you get me forever. I love the employees, mostly local. And,a true story; I was eight months pregnant, with my third child shopping in safeway, with my two toddlers, spending $300.00 or more on groceries. When it came to pay, I had no money on me. The checker let me take my groceries home and come back later to pay. I will never forget that. I raised my kids from infancy to full size in that linda mar and manor store. Sometimes they would escape from my clutches and the employees would get on the horn and page my kids (they would get a kick out of this). Now my children shop in Safeway, see their friends working there. A great community store. Pacifica Safeways have employed how many generations of Pacificans and local surrounding cities? Many. Plus, every time I travel out of state, I go directly to the local safeways and do my shopping. I love that they are everywhere and know me. I noticed they turned the music back on in linda mar safeway, I am glad. It is fun to shop and sing. Our Safeways can be a social hub. If you are a parent and want to get the scoop on the latest teenager shenanigans, go to safeway. Parents are there shopping and swapping stories. Love Safeway! Don't tell the teenagers.

Kathy Meeh said...

Kathleen, we are fortunate to have Linda Mar Safeway. Sure makes shopping easy for those who live in this area easy. Also, I believe Safeway may receive about 1/4 of their customers from coastside, primarily Montara, some from Half Moon Bay. This is only an opinion based upon feedback in handing-out political fliers there from time to time.

Jeffrey W Simons said...

It is worthy to note that Fresh and Easy (along with Walgreens) was touted as a sign this city council was responding to Pacifica's economic needs. Now facing $140 million in debt with a projected $14 million budget deficit over the next 5 years, is it finally time to fire the city's money managers?

Lionel Emde said...

Someone who had quite a business background told me years ago that the Linda Mar Safeway was the highest-grossing Safeway in the county. No way to check that out, but it certainly does the business.

Jeff, Please enumerate the $140 million city debt figure: Are you talking about every dime owed on all bond indebtedness? All building mortgages? Pension obligations?