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Midtown Safeway remodel

Original post made by Safeway Shopper, Midtown, on Feb 6, 2008

I went to Safeway at lunch time today. I managed to park quite well, considering the number of spaces taken up due to the remodeling. I asked some helpful, but tired, employees to help me find things that had been moved. I shivered due to the cold and walked over the bare concrete floors and smiled. I put up with the noise and refrained from taking earplugs that had been so thoughtfully provided for us, the customers. I discovered that no, there will be no bakery as part of the remodel (isn't that what we were told we were getting when they first started this?) and yes, the whole of the parking lot will have to be restriped. I couldn't find out what benefits we are actually getting for this particular remodel, but it must be only a few years since the last.

I am therefore asking exactly what we are going to get for all this inconvenience? Will we get more parking spaces? Will we get more than the one bench to eat the lunch we buy at the deli? Will we get any of the fabulous take home dinners that Piazza's and Whole Foods offer? Will we get less deliveries in the middle of the day so that we can take our carts around the aisles and reach the shelves we want without delivery people having to move?

In other words, are we getting anything?

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Posted by Groceries
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Thanks for the info. I'll go to the Safeway in Mountain View, it's closer to me anyway.

Just more retail tax dollars going to neighboring cities.

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Posted by Anamika
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 6, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Not too sure if this is due to the remodel - but recently I have noticed expired meat on the shelves. I wanted to buy the Tyson chicken strips - the kind that you can add to the salad. The packages that were on the shelf had expired previous week. I brought this to the notice of an employee and asked her to get her manager. I was ignored. She removed the packages - I wanted to know if there were some more in the stock ... no one answered my questions/no help offered what so ever.

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Posted by k
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I don't like this store, I have shopped at Safeways in numerous cities where I have lived and this is the only one I would avoid if at all possible.

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Posted by Why would I care
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 7, 2008 at 7:42 am

The only reason I wet to this store was to make sure I was making the right decision in not ever spending a dime there. Goodness, with all the fantastic options, Mollies, Piazzas, Whole foods, Andronioc; why bother with Safeway? It's the wrong way!

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Posted by Safeway Shopper
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2008 at 8:21 am

Fine for all of you that don't live almost next door to Safeway, but many of us cannot justify driving across town just for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread.

I do most of my planned shopping in other places, but for those quick trips for a couple of items, I use Safeway. I actually live in walking distance, although I often stop there on my way home from other trips. I like the staff, who mainly know me, and I feel for them as they are doing their best in a difficult situation.

I am not trying to cause a boycot, just wonder why we need this remodel if we aren't gaining by it.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2008 at 9:06 am

The store cannot be the optimum size because of "The Palo Alto Way."
I was told by a suit that after the redo we will be able to use the internet to make up our shopping list, then print a map of the store interior locating every item.

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I'm somewhat trapped into tolerating Safeway Midtown. I am dependent on what I can tote on the bus (the shuttle, or walking from Middlefield to Alma (VTA 35), or walking Cal Av to Loma Verde). So I do shop twice a week. I could try other options, but since there isn't any other convenient option where I don't get sneers for using a Food Stamps EBT card, I abide the trials. If Albertson's at Alma Plaza was still there, it would shave about 15 minutes off the walk, and cost the same as the shuttle (with its erratic schedule adherence and lack of service after 5PM or on weekends).
(The choices we make are sometimes the choices of what others allow.)
For those with other options, congrats.

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