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RIP Safeway?

Original post made by shopper, Midtown, on Mar 7, 2014

As you may have heard, the Safeway corporation was recently bought up by Cerberus Capital Management. Most of Safeway's stores on the west coast where real estate values are soaring and retailing is not. The Chronicle speculates that the new owners are going to try to recoup their investment by selling high value properties to real estate developers. The Palo Alto store will likely be high on their disposal list. Would would you like to see at that location? More condos?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Mar 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Just reading that article doesn't necessarily mean our Safeway will close. Does it own the land?

We need that Safeway because it is the only affordable grocery store in town and it is always busy.

I tend to think this post is fear mongering.

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Posted by outside observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

If Safeway would only do one thing, former patrons would return and they would be very profitable:

Get the aisle blockers out of the stores.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

I don't like going to the Middlefield Safeway store, but I appreciate that it is there. It is dirty, grungy, small and hard to park in - and it is expensive and does not have bargain sized products. All of the restrooms in all of the Safeway stores are a disgrace. But I don't want to see it shut down any more than I wanted to see that old Co-Op go.

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Posted by jake
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Safeway is my first love in Palo Alto.....

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Posted by Midtowner
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Twenty years ago, there were no less than three grocery stores in the Midtown shopping center!

If Safeway goes, there will be none. Safeway is expensive and does not smell very good at times. However, it has an adequate selection of products and is very convenient to have nearby, when in a pinch.

I don't want to see it go, unless it's replaced by another, better grocery store.

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I believe it is partner of the Albertson chain. You can use your Safeway card at Albertson's. I do not see this store going away. It probably will not be replaced by any development since it is zoned commercial and is hemmed in by other commercial properties. It is pure speculation that it would be sold.

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Posted by Yeccccchhhhh
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 10, 2014 at 10:30 am

This is the worst Safeway ever, it is dirty! much too cramped! and the employees OBVIOUSLY hate working there! The parking is way too tight and there is not nearly enough of it.

Tear down the 7-11 and enlarge the Safeway, and add some more parking !

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

Midtown Safeway is my grocery shopping choice.

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