We want a large grocery store
Original post made by Safeway Shopper, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 20, 2010
I have been told that it is the manufacturers who decide, shelf space, repackaging, and store size that are the problems. I suspect that if a flavor is more popular they take it off the shelves to get a less popular flavor to increase, because I know that these are popular items rather than things people seldom buy.
But, the real problem is that we have a small branch and they can't carry everything that their customers want regularly.
I live near the Midtown Safeway. It is convenient on my way home. I do not want to get stuck in rush hour traffic to buy a few groceries for dinner or next day's lunches by going to Mountain View or Menlo Park. I don't want to have to go to several different stores to buy a handfull of items. I use Costco and out of town stores for large shopping trips and I do go to Piazzas and other stores for some items. But, I dearly want a decent sized basic grocery store in my own town, on the way home.
This is causing me frustration, wasting time, wasting gas, and making me buy items I don't really want or to change my plans for dinner because the item I want isn't available. This is Silicon Valley, the heart of a well educated, well traveled, and demanding demographic population. At times, I feel as if I have traveled back in time or to some small town hundreds of miles from the nearest big city warehouse.
I don't want, need or like lots of gourmet, boutique grocery stores. I want a large Safeway less than 5 miles from my house.