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Safeway Remodel

Original post made by Grocery Shopping Neighbor, South of Midtown, on Apr 12, 2008

It's very nice of Safeway to have remodeled Midtown Safeway, but don't you think asking for a 25 cent deposit for a grocery cart is going a bit far!!!

Also, looking at my grocery bill, they sure have upped their prices. I guess they're going to make us pay for that remodel one way or another. Anyway, they've turned it into a real nice upscale grocery store with upscale prices for an upscale community.

When I went grocery shopping in England we had to pay for parking too, I guess that's next.

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Posted by Live in PA Shop in Mtm View
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm

They may have remodeled but the size remains the same, I believe. In fact they should have been made to downsize, since they are larger than JJ&F--you cannot have real economic competition in Palo Alto--that is why we have the stupid 20,000 Square foot limit. I'll continue to shop at the large Safeway on Shoreline in Mountain View.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:31 pm

My husband came hone fuming over that yesterday and thought it meant having to pay 25 cents to strap in a toddler or a woman's purse (which I do all the time - and foiled one purse snatcher at another Safeway.) The manager of Midtown Safeway told me that these carts were meant to go to San Francisco where a 25 cent deposit is needed to rent a cart. When the cart is returned, the customer gets the 25 cents back. These carts are going back to San Francisco next week , and this Safeway is getting some new or newer carts.


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Posted by Safeway neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Kate is right. The wrong model of cart was delivered to this Safeway by error. I was also told that there would be no 25 cent deposit to pay to use a cart at the Midtown Safeway.

BTW, the deposit scheme is a common scheme in some European countries. In France, you have to use a 1 euro coin ($1.50) to get a cart. The reason behind this is to have people return the carts centrally instead of leaving them all over the place. There people just make sure they always have a couple of spare coins with them at all times in case they stop by the supermarket. It really isn't a big deal. But here we are spoiled... this is not new.


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Posted by Safeway neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:42 pm

And... the deposit is just that, a deposit. You get your coin back if you return your cart at the designated place. Use of the cart is still free.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2008 at 8:51 pm

A prime reason groceries cost more is the escalating price of oil, due in large part to commodities speculators and our various adventures in the Middle East.


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 12, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Peter, we're talking about GROCERY CARTS not the price of groceries and politics. If you want to change the subject, start your own thread which might generate comments!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2008 at 7:26 am

The new arrangement is nice and the mini shopping carts are more manuverable. The selection has been reduced, primarily because of the arbiitrary square foot limitations. The workers are extremely helpful.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2008 at 9:01 am

Kate, the original poster said, "Also, looking at my grocery bill, they sure have upped their prices. I guess they're going to make us pay for that remodel one way or another." I was responding to that statement.


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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2008 at 9:36 am

It has been difficult shopping at Safeway recently and particularly had many parking difficulties. I enjoyed using the two $10 off coupons I received in the mail to attract me back. I like the smaller carts and haven't been put out too much by their lowering of inventory, but do wish they would carry more stuff that I like (which I suppose is what everyone will say). My main disappointment is no bakery which is something we were told would be coming. So, I will still use Mountain View to get my fresh french bread, the Acme and Grace are not as good. But, I wish I could get a fresh whole wheat loaf which doesn't taste sweet. Why do they put honey or molasses in bread? I want my bread to taste of yeast, not sweet.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm

"Acme and Grace are not as good"

Not as good as Safeway's baguettes? You must be one of Wonder Bread's casualties.


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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Acme and Grace baguettes are great if you want baguettes.

I want the wheat french bread and white bread which is softer and can be used for more than the first day bought that Safeways make.

Wonderbread is dreadful. It is sweet. Why put all that sweet stuff in bread unless you want to eat it with jam. I want bread that tastes of yeast and can be used to make sandwiches with things that are not sweet like fish and meat.

The best white bread is made with flour, salt yeast and water. Nothing else. I make it like this in my bread machine. The same for wheat bread, but in that recipe I do use 1 tsp. sugar to start the yeast. Unfortunately, my bread machine takes too long and when I make it my family eat it as an after school snack and then it is gone. I can't keep up making it myself.

Bread neeeds nothing else, please.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Having just returned from Safeway, I really do hope that these carts are only temporary. At present, they are all over the parking lot and if they have 25c coins deposit awaiting to be returned, it will be only a matter of time for the homeless to realise that this is a lucrative place for them to hang out. Please return your carts and get the 25c back or else we will have a bigger problem than we can imagine.

It is a sign of affluence that people are not bothering to return the carts to get the deposit back. Or, maybe Palo Altans don't understand the word deposit.


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Posted by Safeway Shopper
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm

This is Safeway's great re-opening weekend. The parking lot is full, no one can park, 2 more spaces have been given over to Round Table Pizza, a few spaces for a promotion truck at the front and no body has any manners trying to park. I gave up on the parking lot and parked on Colorado, then of course I had to struggle to get my (re-usaable) bags of groceries plus two gallons of milk from the cart which can't pass the yellow line to my car half a block down Colorado.

If this is the way it is going to be in the before dinner hour rush, forget it.


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Posted by mom
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2008 at 3:13 am

I"m sure the store was packed with people wanting to see the remodel, and use their time-limited incentive discounts to shop. I"m sure things will settle down, though hopefully not too much - I'm glad to see any grocery in mid-town stay in business.


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