10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby averagejoe » Jan 23rd, 2018, 5:54 pm

Like Sears? Safeway not keeping up with times. Need to to pursue the exploding Asian market in the Vancouver area...

10 Safeway stores to close

A union representing Safeway employees in British Columbia says 10 stores in the province will be permanently closed, affecting about 1,000 employees, as labour negotiations are set to begin.

The Safeway locations slated for closure in B.C. include Lougheed Mall and Royal Oak in Burnaby, City Square and Point Grey in Vancouver and Sunwood Square in Coquitlam.

Safeway stores in B.C. also slated to be permanently closed but that may reopen as FreshCo locations include Blundell and Broadmoor in Richmond, Newton Town Centre and Strawberry Hills in Surrey, and Safeway Mission.

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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby GordonH » Jan 23rd, 2018, 6:14 pm

This should not have been unexpected as soon as Safeway Canada was purchased by Sobeys.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby alanjh595 » Jan 23rd, 2018, 6:21 pm

I bet that the one at 97 and Leckie will go too. Stupid store and Wallymart on either side and always busy when Safeway is dead.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Urban Cowboy » Jan 23rd, 2018, 7:08 pm

alanjh595 wrote:I bet that the one at 97 and Leckie will go too. Stupid store and Wallymart on either side and always busy when Safeway is dead.


Bite your tongue, I like that Safeway. :D
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby GordonH » Jan 23rd, 2018, 7:09 pm

alanjh595 wrote:I bet that the one at 97 and Leckie will go too. Stupid store and Wallymart on either side and always busy when Safeway is dead.


Downtown location should be safe since it's pretty well the only grocery store.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Bsuds » Jan 23rd, 2018, 7:23 pm

Unionized employees doesn't help either and I think Sobey's is trying to bust the Union.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Fancy » Jan 23rd, 2018, 8:16 pm

GordonH wrote:Downtown location should be safe since it's pretty well the only grocery store.

Safeway left Orchard Park because it didn't make the money the one on Bernard did. Of course in store prices are different store to store and the one downtown always seems to be busy. I only shopped the sales there.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Jhunter199 » Jan 23rd, 2018, 10:02 pm

Seem's to be ones that are anchored to malls in the lower mainland that are being closed, possibly extremely high rental/leaae prices (not sure if empire owns those). Malls do have ridiculously high lease rates, and grocery stores are more of a destination shop, than a chance pass by let's go see whats in this store that malls offer.

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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Dizzy1 » Jan 23rd, 2018, 10:19 pm

Why anyone would shop at Safeway or Save On is beyond me - you get the same products else where for almost half the price. $7 for a box of Lucky Charms - good grief.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby GordonH » Jan 24th, 2018, 12:16 am

Dizzy1 wrote:Why anyone would shop at Safeway or Save On is beyond me - you get the same products else where for almost half the price. $7 for a box of Lucky Charms - good grief.


I know I maybe paying a little more but I also know I'm buying from a locally owned & operated grocery store, when I shop at Lakeview Market.
So everyone you can keep your Safeway, Save on More, Urban Fare & Walmart etc... etc
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Urban Cowboy » Jan 24th, 2018, 2:18 am

Dizzy1 wrote:Why anyone would shop at Safeway or Save On is beyond me - you get the same products else where for almost half the price. $7 for a box of Lucky Charms - good grief.


Actually I can answer that for you.

No one with a mind toward being a prudent shopper, purchases all their items from the same store.

Every store has items that they will take you to the cleaners with, if you are gullible enough to buy them.

Because of this it's best to know who has what, compare prices, and in an apples to apples sense, where you pay attention to weight/quantity as well.

For example I know for a fact there are products sold at Walmart that at first glance appear to be the same packaging and price, as other retailers, that is until you count the contents, and learn that you are getting far less for the same price.

Not all stores carry the same products or size of product either, so that's another reason to shop around. Safeway for example has my shampoo in one litre bottles, whereas everyone else only carries 300ml bottles. As another example of availability good luck trying to find turkey kolbassa anywhere but Save On these days.

I also like Safeway's hot food offerings, and find they have far more variety than Save On Foods or IGA. Their roast beef dinners were awesome, but I think they quit offering those now.

So in conclusion, in my case I obtain some items from Safeway, some from Super Store, some from Costco, and the rest of my shopping is fairly evenly split, between Safe On Foods and IGA.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Dizzy1 » Jan 24th, 2018, 3:13 am

Old Techie wrote:Actually I can answer that for you.

No one with a mind toward being a prudent shopper, purchases all their items from the same store.

Every store has items that they will take you to the cleaners with, if you are gullible enough to buy them.

Because of this it's best to know who has what, compare prices, and in an apples to apples sense, where you pay attention to weight/quantity as well.

For example I know for a fact there are products sold at Walmart that at first glance appear to be the same packaging and price, as other retailers, that is until you count the contents, and learn that you are getting far less for the same price.

Not all stores carry the same products or size of product either, so that's another reason to shop around. Safeway for example has my shampoo in one litre bottles, whereas everyone else only carries 300ml bottles. As another example of availability good luck trying to find turkey kolbassa anywhere but Save On these days.

I also like Safeway's hot food offerings, and find they have far more variety than Save On Foods or IGA. Their roast beef dinners were awesome, but I think they quit offering those now.

So in conclusion, in my case I obtain some items from Safeway, some from Super Store, some from Costco, and the rest of my shopping is fairly evenly split, between Safe On Foods and IGA.

I get where you're coming from, but buying shampoo at a grocery store? Barbaric :biggrin:

As for meat products, butchers and delis are our go to places.

We only go to grocery stores for dried goods, essentials and some produce - otherwise its off to specialty stores (bakery's, deli's, grooming supplies, etc.)
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby alanjh595 » Jan 24th, 2018, 5:05 am

GordonH wrote:I know I maybe paying a little more but I also know I'm buying from a locally owned & operated grocery store, when I shop at Lakeview Market.
So everyone you can keep your Safeway, Save on More, Urban Fare & Walmart etc... etc


I agree, whenever I go into my local IGA, I have at least 6 staff wave at me and say, "Good morning". We are on a first name basis and they give me a heads-up to sales on items that I usually buy.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby Fancy » Jan 24th, 2018, 7:33 am

A lot of people walk to the downtown Safeway - it's convenient. People shop there on their lunch hour so don't have to stop on the way home - convenient.
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Re: 10 Safeway to close in Lower Mainland

Postby casey60 » Jan 24th, 2018, 11:12 am

Used to shop at Safeway, became too expensive. Save on Food with Darrell (annoying) too expensive, Superstore, they changed there isles as such so I have to walk much more just because of the addition of wine and the store is becoming too expensive. Independent store, you would think they charge same as SuperStore. They don't. They charge more. Leaves me with Wallmart and any sales in the other stores. Works for me as I am on a limited pension that increased by .05%. Wow

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