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  • 'Groceries Not Guns': Will Kroger Back Down To Bloomberg-Funded Gun Control Group?

    08/24/2014 2:09:21 AM PDT · by egfowler3 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/12/2014 | Clare O'Connor
    Target [TGT -0.03%]. Chipotle. Sonic. Chili’s Grill & Bar. Jack in the Box. Starbucks [SBUX -0.25%]. Each time gun safety groups Moms Demand Action and new partner Everytown For Gun Safety have taken on a retail or restaurant chain in recent months, they’ve been successful. The pattern generally goes thusly: the groups, led by mother-of-five Shannon Watts and bolstered by $50 million from Michael Bloomberg, start a petition...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/20/2014 5:47:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 69 replies
    CNS ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of...
  • Workers strike for fired CEO

    07/26/2014 11:39:04 AM PDT · by Kozy · 4 replies
    MSN News ^ | 07/25/2014 | DENISE LAVOIE
    Now front page news soon to be in the corporate obituary column. First the board has to go. Why? It does not know the grocery business let alone Market Basket's. It does not know its employees or its customers. Lets step over that bump in the road for now. They hired co-CEO's. That never works again pointing to the lace of management structure needed to run a 71 store chain. Let's step over that hurdle also. One of the co-CEO's is from Albertson which was torn apart by a strike 10 years or so ago on the West Coast. never...
  • Rising Cost of Food Spurs Price Hike at In-N-Out Burger

    06/26/2014 12:01:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    A rise in the cost of ingredients has prompted price hikes at fast-food restaurants. The popular double-double at In-N-Out has increased 15 cents since last month. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers went up 10 cents each and drinks increased 5 cents, the chain told NBC Bay Area. French fry prices were unchanged. NASA Tracks "Zombie" Spacecraft from Office Space Inside Old McDonald's "We make every effort to keep our menu prices as low as possible," In-N-Out EVP of Planning and Development Carl Van Fleet said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we have seen some pretty significant cost increases over the last year and...
  • New Union Ad Says Beer in Grocery Stores 'Kills Children'

    05/04/2014 11:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The liquor store union in Pennsylvania is on the ropes. Right now if one wants to buy beer or liquor in the Keystone State one must buy it from the state owned liquor stores. Run by state employees. But soon Pennsylvania will likely join the civilized world in allowing its residents to buy beer the way God intended. From a gas station. This is curtains for the liquor store employee union and it is not giving up without a fight. The spin guys for the union put together this ad to warn us that if booze was taken out of...
  • Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food

    02/24/2014 5:59:29 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 2-24-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    Here Are The Countries That Spend The Most On Food Matthew BoeslerFeb. 24, 2014, 8:28 PM Renaissance Macro Research, Congressional Research Service This chart plots the share of household income in a given country spent on food against the level of household income in that country. Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro, warns that rising food prices may serve as an additional economic headwind to some of the emerging markets in the top-left region of the chart (India, China, Indonesia, and Nigeria, to name a few). "Food prices are climbing for a range of items including cattle,...
  • Black residents reject Trader Joe’s because it would attract too many white people

    02/09/2014 8:02:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 8, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    The Trader Joe’s grocery chain has withdrawn plans to build a store in the heart of a predominantly black neighborhood after a black leadership group fought the move. The Portland Development Commission was set to give the grocer a large discount on property that had been vacant for years, pricing it at just over $500,000, down from an appraised value of $2.9 million, according to The Oregonian. The Portland African American Leadership Forum sent a scathing letter in December to city leaders, saying the plan would price residents out of the area and the group“remains opposed to any development in...
  • Black Activists & Politicians Force Trader Joe's Grocery Out: Claim It Would Attract Too Many Whites

    02/07/2014 12:33:10 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016
    Ben Swann ^ | 02-06-2014 | Michael Lotfi
    Yale has released the latest of its biannual reports regarding sexual assault claims handled through the university's due process-unfriendly disciplinary system. The report testifies to some interesting changes, strongly suggesting that Yale adjudicates sexual assault claims less on a principle of justice and more out of a concern with avoiding negative public relations. The background for this new release comes in Yale's previous report, which appeared in September and was penned (as were all previous reports) by Yale Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler. Like other Spangler offerings, it offered hints of the Orwellian nature of sexual assault proceedings at Yale while...
  • Trader Joe's drops black-neighborhood store plan

    02/04/2014 4:08:23 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 117 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 2/4/2014
    The Trader Joe's grocery-store chain has dropped a plan to open a new store in the heart of the city's historically African-American neighborhood after activists said the development would price black residents out of the area. The grocer, whose stores are found in urban neighborhoods across the nation, said Monday it wouldn't press its plan, given community resistance, The Oregonian ( http://bit.ly/1n7Jyqb) reported. "We open a limited number of stores each year, in communities across the country," it said in a statement. "We run neighborhood stores, and our approach is simple: If a neighborhood does not want a Trader Joe's,...
  • Ex Trader Joe's president to open store selling expired food

    01/27/2014 8:17:08 AM PST · by traderrob6 · 101 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/27/14 | Adrienne Cutway
    The former president of grocery store chain Trader Joe's is hoping to make healthy food more accessible to the working poor by opening a store and restaurant that sells expired food, according to Fox News. Doug Rauch's endeavor is called The Daily Table and will open in Dorchester, Mass. come May. The food sold and prepared at the store will only be items that are deemed unsellable by other grocery stores. That includes items that are past their sell by date and items in damaged packaging, the TV station reports.
  • Emanuel announces appointments for grocery task force (Chicago)

    12/24/2013 1:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the members of a grocery store task force that will work to find new owners for stores left vacant after Safeway closes all Dominick's stores in the Chicago-area Dec. 28. The task force will work with building representatives, gather local market data, find and approach likely prospects in the food industry as well as host tours, create marketing materials and engage brokers. It will also work to ensure the availability of fresh food and produce and support workers who are affected by the store closings.
  • Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees

    12/18/2013 6:54:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey spoke with Fox News’ Stuart Varney Wednesday to discuss the negative impact Obamacare is having on the health food retailer. Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass...
  • Shelves in Two Lousiana Walmarts Cleared When Welfare Recipients Thought They Were Getting Free Food

    10/14/2013 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 217 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 14, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, “It was worse than any black Friday” that he’s ever seen. Lynd explained the cards weren’t showing limits and they called corporate Walmart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and...
  • Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

    10/14/2013 3:16:11 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 136 replies
    Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits. The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen. Lynd explained...
  • Piggly Wiggly stores sold to Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter as grocery market heats up

    09/15/2013 5:28:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 56 replies
    The twenty-nine Piggly Wiggly stores sold by the family-owned company for an unknown sales price shouldn’t result in any closures, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Sept. 14. Twenty-two of the Piggly Wiggly stores were sold by Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to Bi-Lo and another seven to Harris Teeter. Harris Teeter itself is in the process of being sold to Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.
  • Wisconsin Grocery Store Forced to Cut Hours Due to Obamacare

    07/25/2013 8:37:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/25/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Trigs grocery store in Wisconsin is forced to cut hours due to Obamacare, local affiliates report:
  • Wegmans changes health care benefits for part-time workers, cites Obamacare

    07/11/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 7/11/13 | By Mark Weiner
    Washington -- The Wegmans grocery chain said today it plans to change health care benefits for some part-time employees starting in 2015 as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act.... The company had previously voluntarily offered the coverage to those who work less than 30 hours per week.... "Wegmans will continue to offer health care benefits for part-time employees, but eligibility requirements will change," the statement said... Wegmans has about 4,000 full- and part-time employees at the nine stores in its Syracuse division, said spokeswoman Evelyn Carter. She did not immediately know how many were part-time employees. Wegmans, a...
  • Grocery Store Creates Pro-Life Mother’s Day Commercial

    05/07/2013 5:39:23 PM PDT · by rhema · 31 replies
    Citizen Link ^ | 5/7/13 | Nathan Cherry
    A recent article high-lighted the pro-life commercial of Publix grocery store in which a mother and her daughter discuss in human terms the mother’s unborn child. The daughter in the commercial speaks to the unborn baby believing it can hear her (and it can!). It’s not often that you see commercials showing the unborn in such human terms, but after the Gosnell trial we hope to see more. You can watch the video here.
  • Company plans to sell Fresh & Easy stores; future unknown (Almost 200 locations in AZ, CA & NV)

    04/19/2013 1:01:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KNXV-TV ^ | April 17, 2013 | Courtney Carlmark
    PHOENIX - A company that runs Fresh & Easy stores says it's pulling out of the United States because the stores aren't making any money. The announcement came overnight from Fresh & Easy's parent company, British "Tesco". But the 24 stores in the Valley will remain open for now, according to a Fresh & Easy spokeswoman. Officials say after a five-year run in the states, Tesco's abandoning all of its nearly 200 U.S. stores....
  • Kroger Reaches Deal With Union Postponing Right-to-Work Law

    04/04/2013 9:04:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Just days before the state's right-to-work law goes into effect, a union representing Kroger workers in Michigan pushed through a new contract that locks its members into paying dues or fees to the union for four years. Grocery employees represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 876 ratified the agreement March 22, according to the union's website. The previous union contract was supposed to expire June 15, 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The weeks leading up to the law's start date on March 28 have been filled with public sector unions rushing to approve...
  • Police restrain crowd from taking food after supermarket eviction

    03/27/2013 5:07:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    WISTV ^ | 3/27/13 | Mark Barber
    Law enforcement officials pushed back hundreds of people who were crowding around a large pile of merchandise outside an Augusta grocery store Tuesday afternoon. But the goods sitting in the parking lot of the Laney Supermarket didn't make into anyone's hands.
  • Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting

    02/28/2013 1:50:46 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 51 replies
    www.seattlepi.com ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Casey McNerthney
    When the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a ban on plastic bags and required businesses to charge a nickel for paper bags, city leaders believed it would be better all around. "I think we've gotten to a place where it's really going to work for the environment, businesses and the community in general," Councilman Mike O'Brien said at the time. But the bag ban is contributing to thousands of dollars in losses for at least one Seattle grocery store, and questions have been raised about the risk of food-borne illness from reusable bags that shoppers don't often wash.
  • Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors

    02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken. A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive. The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson. "There are certain things that have been used to put...
  • A Louisiana Grocery Store Is Forced To Raise Milk Prices By State Regulators

    01/28/2013 9:28:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 28, 2013 | Michael Krieger
    You might have to read this post twice to make sure your eyes didn’t deceive you. This article is actually completely different from my recent pieces on stealth inflation, but is even more infuriating. In this case, a grocery store called Fresh Markets decided to sell milk at a bargain basement price as part of a promotion, yet the state has deemed the price “too low.” As a result, the chain is being forced to raise the price. Yep, at a time when millions are struggling every day to make ends meet, this is what the state of Louisiana has...
  • Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness [ER admissions and deaths up by 25% since plastic bag ban]

    01/24/2013 6:31:52 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    papers.ssrn.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Jonathan Klick and Joshua D. Wright
    Abstract: Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar...
  • Assembly Democrat wants grocery store ban on plastic bags [California]

    01/22/2013 10:27:56 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Kevin Yamamura
    Assemblyman Marc Levine announced today he will revive a proposal banning all single-use plastic bags in California grocery stores. Under the proposal, most grocery retailers could no longer provide thin plastic bags for customers starting in 2015. For 18 months, retailers could offer paper bags made of recycled materials or reusable plastic bags for customers to bag their milk, eggs and other groceries. Starting in July 2016, grocery retailers could only provide reusable plastic bags, which many stores already offer at a fee. The new proposal, Assembly Bill 158, also leaves room for stores to provide recycled paper bags at...
  • Domino's: Obamacare Requires 34 Million Pizza Nutrition Signs

    11/30/2012 10:10:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/30/12 | Tony Lee
    New Obamacare regulations will force pizza chains like Domino's to post up to 34 million nutrition signs in its stores -- one for every pizza combination the company makes. The rules require fast food and grocery stores that have more than 20 stores to require labels for each product they produce. Jenny Fouracre-Petko, the legislative director for Domino’s, said mandated signs will cost Domino’s nearly $5,000 per store. Even worse, the cost will get passed down to the consumer, many of whom will never see the signs since “10 percent of pizza customers never enter a Domino’s store” because they...
  • Paul Ryan Attends Fundraiser at Safeway CEO's home, Will Visit Danville Home Saturday Morning ...

    09/08/2012 5:34:43 PM PDT · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Walnut Creek, CA Patch / Patch.com ^ | September 7, 2012 | Patch.com staff
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will stop by the Danville home of a former San Francisco 49er for a fundraiser on Saturday morning. The San Jose Mercury News reports Ryan will be attend the breakfast fundraiser at the home of retired football player Brent Jones. The breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m. [...] Earlier tonight Ryan was at a fundraiser at the Alamo home of Steven Burd, the Chief Executive Officer of Safeway Inc., the Pleasanton-based grocery store chain.
  • State [CA] muscles grocers over plastic bags

    08/25/2012 10:06:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Aug 21, 2012 | Katy Grimes
    The plastic bag activists are at it again, and they are nothing, if not persistent. With the eleventh bill regulating plastic bags in less than 10 years, grocery stores don’t have a chance in California. Passed today by the Assembly, SB 1219, the latest plastic bag regulation bill, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, will require grocery stores to implement, manage, and report on the “At-Store Recycling Program” to the Cal Recycle state agency. . . “This bill is a really, really bad idea,” Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, said on the Assembly floor during debate Tuesday. “Plastics manufacturers are leaving the...
  • Memo to greens: Maybe grocery bags should be disposable for a reason

    08/18/2012 7:17:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNSON
    From the Property and Environment Research Center, here’s a thought-provoking little vid about why we should all think a little more deeply about the unintended consequences of even our best intentions before we push for government fiat to make them a reality. The environmental movement in particular tends to be a big fan of forcing society to comply with what they deem to be virtuous behavior via government crackdown. The EPA is constantly justifying it’s many regulations by claiming that they’re only safeguarding the public’s health and welfare — for instance, that the costs of their clean-air regulations are trumped...
  • Plastic Bag Bans: Another Feel-Good Eco-Fad

    07/31/2012 10:27:08 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    RCS ^ | 7-31-2012 | Todd Myers
    Across the country, cities are joining the latest environmental trend – banning plastic grocery bags. Concerned about the amount of plastic that reaches our oceans and the impact on wildlife, communities have decided that banning the bags is a simple and environmentally responsible approach. But is it? What does the science say? The evidence points to the fact that banning the bags may actually be a net negative for the environment, yielding little benefit to wildlife while significantly increasing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. Advocates of banning plastic grocery bags often cite impacts on marine life and mammals, but...
  • Where's the beef (and beer)? Grocery store gives guys a 'man aisle'

    07/26/2012 9:56:08 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 69 replies
    MSN ^ | 07/26/2012 | By Jessica Chou
    Sometime last year, Procter & Gamble Co. was throwing around some crazy ideas of creating a grocery aisle specifically for men, apparently a brand new breed of consumers walking around grocery stores. The idea was to give the lonely male lost in a supermarket a fun shopping experience, putting everything a man's man would need in one place. And New York City's Westside Market has gone and done just that. "People rarely cater to men in the supermarket," COO Ian Joskowitz told us over the phone. "So I thought let’s do something fun, get people talking, something guys would like....
  • Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds won’t reveal what’s purchased

    06/25/2012 11:03:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24,2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea where or how the money is spent. Food stamps can be spent on goods ranging from candy to steak and are accepted at retailers from gas stations that primarily sell potato chips to fried-chicken restaurants. And as the amount spent on food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, the amount of food stamps laundered into cash has increased dramatically, government statistics show. As a result, fraud is hard to track and the efficacy of the massive program is impossible to...
  • Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

    05/09/2012 4:01:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010.
  • Resuable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say

    05/09/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 61 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | JoNel Aleccia
    Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.” The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment. “We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is...
  • Most Albertson's In Central Fla. To Close

    04/13/2012 10:42:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Central Florida supermarket chain is about to close almost all of its local stores. It's part of a move by Albertson's to end the majority of its operations in the state. For the last year or so, Albertson's has been shrinking the number of stores it operates in Florida. In Central Florida, six more stores are going to close in the next few weeks. Only a store in Altamonte Springs will remain open. Albertson's says the Florida market is not good for it, and with fuel and utility costs being what they are, it's closing all...
  • Food Lion robbery hero faces pain with no regrets

    02/19/2012 7:51:20 AM PST · by csvset
    Daily Press ^ | February 15, 2012 | David Macaulay
    NEWPORT NEWS — Kelvin White sometimes gets uncomfortable when strangers approach on the street. But that is not nearly as bad as the dreams he has almost nightly of people out to kill him. Almost four months after White tackled a man accused of posing as an FBI agent in a robbery at Food Lion at Newmarket Square in Hampton and was shot by another man, he is still suffering from excruciating pain from the bullet that shattered his right leg.
  • Food Lion stores closing

    01/11/2012 10:48:04 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 61 replies
    JACKSONVILLE,COM ^ | Jan 12,2012 | swampsniper
    All Food Lion stores on the First Coast, including a dozen in Jacksonville, are closing, company officials announced Wednesday night. The stores will be closed within 30 days, the company said. Stores in Clay, St. Johns, Nassau, Baker and Alachua counties are also closing. In addition, the Food Lion in Waycross is among the Georgia stores slated to be closed. The company will convert its Food Lion in Lake City to a Harveys store. All of the other stores in Florida are closing.
  • Nonunion competition weighs on contract talks for area grocery chains

    12/24/2011 10:49:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/24/11 | Dale Kasler
    It's been a ticket to the middle class, no college degree required, for generations of Sacramentans: a job at Raley's or another unionized supermarket.Now unrelenting pressure from nonunion grocers such as Wal-Mart threatens to change that.With their labor contracts up for renewal, Northern California's big unionized grocery chains – Safeway, Raley's and Save Mart – are seeking wage and benefit concessions from 60,000 workers in the Central Valley and Bay Area. The grocers say they need to ratchet down labor costs, particularly health insurance, to compete with the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and newcomer Fresh & Easy. They say their...
  • Why We Shouldn't Revile Success

    12/01/2011 6:54:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Mackinac Center ^ | 11/29/2011 | Michael Jahr
    I’ve been shopping at Meijer most of my life — in Flint, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and now Midland. As a student at Eastern Michigan University, a group of friends and I would occasionally go to Meijer Thrifty Acres — we called it Meijer Fifty Acres — at midnight or 1 a.m. to stock up on Ramen noodles, Lucky Charms, Doritos, Mt. Dew, some socks, a taillight for the raggedy Chevette and a tropical fish for the aquarium. They indeed had everything you needed under one roof. The retail chain of what are now known as “hypermarkets” originated in Greenville, Mich.,...
  • Guard fired after nabbing child who ate from box

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A grocery store security guard was fired after he told the father of a 4-year-old girl that she would face criminal charges for eating from a dried fruit package, a TV station reported. The child's mother, Alissa Jones, said the father wasn't looking when the girl grabbed the package, ate a few pieces of fruit then returned it to a shelf at a Safeway store in Everett, Wash., KOMO reported Wednesday. Safeway previously faced widespread criticism when a Honolulu couple were arrested over stolen sandwiches and had their 2-year-old daughter taken from them briefly by state...
  • Not So Safeway for This Market

    09/29/2011 6:20:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2011 | Crista Huff
    There’s a supermarket anomaly near my home. Two supermarkets, a block apart: King Soopers (a Kroger store) and Safeway. In my town, everybody shops at King Soopers. Safeway is deserted. There are literally more employees than customers. Consequently, I get tremendous prices at Safeway, including a large percentage of my groceries at 50% off. What’s up with that? For some reason, Safeway has made the corporate decision to keep the store open as a loss leader. Curious. They stock all the normal foods, but then they have to get the food out of the store quickly at 50% off while...
  • California Set to Ban Grocery Store Checkout Lane Dividers

    09/05/2011 8:34:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 116 replies
    Duh Progressive ^ | June 22, 2011
    SAN FRANCISCO —Melody Studebaker stands solemnly outside the Fort Mason Safeway grocery store, along side her long term partner, Henrietta... Studebaker, 62, and her partner, 60, are picketing the Safeway store this beautiful morning to draw attention to a most ugly practice within it. After a lifetime of witnessing the use of grocery store checkout line dividers, Strudebaker and her partner have had enough...
  • Major grocer getting rid of self-checkout lanes

    07/08/2011 7:23:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 98 replies
    <p>One of the nation's major grocery store chains is eliminating self-checkout lanes in an effort to encourage more human contact with its customers.</p> <p>Albertsons LLC, which operates 217 stores in seven Western and Southern states, will eliminate all self-checkout lanes in the 100 stores that have them and will replace them with standard or express lanes, according to published reports.</p>
  • I just Got Back From The Grocery Store($4 For A Gallon of Milk)

    05/15/2011 5:13:18 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 308 replies
    The meats were like a bad joke gone bad. $7-10 for a small package of chicken breasts. I got enough food for a week and it was $107. The cashier lady told me some woman (when she noticed) milk at $4 a gallon asked if there was s milk shortage. Are people this stupid? I am truly afraid for this country in so many ways and as the cashier lady said she told the ditz lady it will get far worse before it gets better. And the cashier was in her 20's and she figured this out- so there is...
  • Got groceries? Wal-Mart testing home delivery

    04/24/2011 9:20:13 AM PDT · by pyx · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday April 23, 2011 | AP
    Wal-Mart tests online grocery sales, home delivery in San Jose, aims to compete with Amazon BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Saturday that it is testing home grocery delivery in San Jose, Calif., as the world's largest retailer ratchets up competition with online retailer Amazon.com Inc. With the new "Walmart To Go," customers can order up groceries, health and beauty products such as soap, shampoo and over-the-counter medicines, and household supplies like paper towels and laundry detergent from the company's website. Wal-Mart will then drive the goods over to customers' homes at their time of choice.
  • Heads up: This weekend Sam’s club is having an open house, a good opportunity to stock up. (Vanity)

    04/12/2011 1:04:18 PM PDT · by GYL2 · 25 replies
    Sam's club ^ | April 12, 2011 | Vanity
    Vanity head up: This weekend one of the Discount club stores is having an open house - a good opportunity to stock up without a paper trail. “Spring Taste of Sam’s Club Open House is coming, 4/15-4/17, each day 11am-6pm. No non-Member upcharges during this event, so bring a friend! “ Sometimes it’s useful to buy in bulk, but typically you need to have a membership – this is one occasion when you can get those member prices, without letting everyone know you’re prepping.
  • Cereal Coupons Online

    03/23/2011 4:19:58 PM PDT · by joer9856 · 68 replies
    Duane Seigler ^ | March 2011 | Duane Seigler
    http://cerealcouponsonline.blogspot.com/ Clipping cereal coupons is a great way to save money, but not everyone can find the time for it. For those of you that want to conveniently print coupons online. The breakfast cereal industry has gross profit margins of 40-45%, 90% penetration in some markets,and steady and continued growth throughout its history.Whether you love flakes, pops, or granola you can always find great money-saving coupons, right here. Stock your pantry with your favorite name brand cereals and enjoy a tasty breakfast daily. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all. Households that consume cereal regularly will...
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    01/30/2011 2:56:06 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 37 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/30/11 | CNBC
    The typical modern American supermarket stocks 48,000 items, each battling for precious shelf space. How do they get there? Why are they arranged the way they are? Did you know that some stores use heat maps to track which aisles you walk down — and which ones you don't? Or that they put the milk at the end of the aisle so you're forced to pass a hundred other items on your way to get it? It's all done to gain an edge in a cutthroat business built on razor-thin margins. CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen goes behind the scenes for a...
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    01/19/2011 1:12:18 PM PST · by patriotgal71 · 39 replies
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