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Albertsons, Safeway Confirm Agreements to Sell 168 Stores in Eight States to Four Buyers

Christine Wilcox


Dec 19th, 2014

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Subject to FTC approval, divested stores will continue to operate as competing grocery stores

BOISE, ID and PLEASANTON, CA – December 19, 2014 – AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) announced today that they have entered into agreements, subject to approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to sell 168 stores across eight states to four buyers:

  • Associated Food Stores (AFS) will purchase eight stores in Montana and Wyoming;
  • Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG)/Minyards will purchase 12 stores in Texas;
  • SUPERVALU will purchase two stores in Washington; and
  • Haggen will purchase 146 stores across Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Divestiture of these stores is being undertaken in order to secure FTC clearance of the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced in March and is expected to close in January 2015. The purchase agreements with the four buyers are all subject to approval by the FTC.

Under the terms of the purchase agreements, the buyers will acquire the stores, equipment and inventory, and they intend to hire most, if not all, of the store employees upon the closing of the purchase of the stores.. For a complete list of stores to be divested, please visit:

“We’re pleased to have found strong buyers for these stores and to have completed this important step toward combining Albertsons and Safeway,” said Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s President and CEO. “We look forward now to the transaction’s close, so we can begin working together to enhance the loyalty of grocery shoppers by delivering high quality products, great service and lower prices to become the favorite local supermarket in every neighborhood we serve.”

About Safeway Inc.
Safeway Inc., which operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Carrs stores, is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with sales of $35.1 billion in 2013. The company operates 1,326 stores in 20 states and the District of Columbia, 13 distribution centers and 19 manufacturing plants, and employs approximately 138,000 employees. The company’s common stock is currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol SWY. The company will be delisted from the NYSE upon closing of the merger. For more information, please visit

About Albertsons
Established in 2006, AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons), which operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaws, Star Market and Super Saver, and stores under the United Family of stores, Amigos, Market Street and United Supermarkets, is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every area it serves. The company is privately owned by Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty, Lubert-Adler Partners and Schottenstein Stores Corporation, and currently operates 1,081 stores and 14 distribution centers in 29 states and employs approximately 115,000 associates. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are indicated by words such as “expects,” “will,” “plans,” “intends,” “committed to,” “estimates” and “is.” No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Neither Safeway nor any other person can assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of forward-looking statements. There are various important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond Safeway’s control. These factors include: failure to obtain, delays in obtaining or adverse conditions contained in any required regulatory or other approvals; failure to consummate or delay in consummating the transactions described herein for any other reasons; changes in laws or regulations; and changes in general economic conditions. Safeway undertakes no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For additional information please refer to Safeway’s most recent Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

87 Responses to Albertsons, Safeway Confirm Agreements to Sell 168 Stores in Eight States to Four Buyers

  1. Bill Gallagher 19/12/2014 at 2:26 pm

    Re: Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) / Minyards will purchase 12 stores in Texas

    Will one of these 12 stores in Texas to be sold be the Randall’s store (Safeway #2673 in Grogan’s Mill, The Woodlands (aka Spring), Texas?

  2. cindy crenshaw 19/12/2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I have tried to look at the stores that are closing, but cant find it.

  3. Mary Kay Jackson 20/12/2014 at 6:30 pm

    I shop both Albertson’s and Von’s. Albertsons is closer but I go to Vons when I can because I like it much better. prices are better on most things; for example, the same bottle of wine is usually $3 – $5 more at Albertsons – very frustrating. In addition, the Self-Check out at Albertson’s is a joke. It’s impossible to use your own bags – why is that? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? 90% of the people assisting at the self-check are crabby and help begrudgingly as if you’re bothering you & they’re doing you a great favor. The customer service at Vons is far better than Albertsons. I hope Albertsons doesn’t run my Vons into the ground. I have several friends who feel the same way and we’re awaiting a timely response from you. Thank you

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 11:17 am

      Hi Mary Kay – I’m sorry that you feel that way about Albertsons. I’m not sure what the issue is with using your own bags at Self-Checkout. If you’d like, you can email me at and I can put our Southern California team in touch with you to discuss your concerns. Our Southern California division president following the transaction close will be Lori Raya, who is currently the president of the Vons division for Safeway. We’re committed to making significant strategic investments in improving operations and lowering prices in all of our stores to better compete in today’s marketplace. In fact, we expect the cost savings from this deal will enable Safeway and Albertsons to deliver price reductions across a range of products in stores across the country. Beyond that, we think the synergies that will result from this transaction will translate into additional benefits for shoppers in the communities we serve, in the form of fresher produce, enhanced product offerings, best-in-class customer service, refurbished stores, and an overall improved shopping experience.

      I hope that helps address your immediate concerns, and we look forward to your feedback following the transaction close, too.


  4. Doug Hetrick 21/12/2014 at 9:24 am

    Albertsons by name, but really is is privately owned by Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty, Lubert-Adler Partners and Schottenstein Stores Corporation, buys Safeway and devolves Albertsons name off of buildings by selling them off and keeps Safeway name. Sounds like what McDonnell Douglas did to Boeing. I feel sorry for those long time Albertsons employees having to reapply to keep their jobs.

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:49 am

      Doug – The new company’s network of stores will operate under the Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randall’s, Tom Thumb, Carr’s-Safeway, Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s, Star Market, Super Saver, United Supermarkets, Amigos, and Market Street banners. These are strong brands, and we have no current plans to change them. Albertson’s LLC has been privately held since 2006. In 2013, Albertson’s LLC was able to reverse the 2006 transaction that split up Albertsons stores between two buyers, and we grew from 192 stores across 7 states to over 1,000 stores in 29 states. That year we also completed a transaction for United Supermarkets family of stores in West Texas, adding another 51 stores to our company. The transaction with Safeway will create a diversified network that includes over 2,200 stores, 27 distribution centers and 20 manufacturing plants with over 250,000 dedicated and loyal employees. Regarding your comment about employees needing to reapply to keep their jobs, I just have a point of clarification: All Albertson’s LLC and Safeway store employees will have the opportunity to become employees of Haggen as their individual stores are transitioned to the Haggen banner, meaning that no one has to reapply for their jobs. Haggen plans to retain the current store management teams.


  5. Doug Hetrick 21/12/2014 at 9:45 am

    All I can say is, Mergers suck! Safeway Store Divestiture: Safeway 7601 Evergreen Way Everett WA 98203 is where I get my gas and where I meet friends to shop at. Will it become a Haggons? What will happen to the gas station and points for shopping at the store? For that matter, what’s going to happen to all Safeway gas stations and shopping points for discount gas? I assume 128th & 4th Albertsons is not on ether list so it stays an Albertsons? While Albertsons 303 91st Ave. N.E. Everett WA 98205 becomes a SUPERVALU

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:40 am

      Hi Doug, Yes, the Safeway store on Evergreen Way in Everett will be sold to Haggen and the store on 91st Ave in Everett will be sold to SUPERVALU, pending regulatory approvals and the close of the transaction. I haven’t received any information on what will happen with the Safeway gas station or any fuel incentives, but I’m sure that they will inform customers of any details related to the program following the transaction close. Any stores not listed are not impacted by the divestiture.


  6. Greg 21/12/2014 at 11:41 am

    Will the stores changing to Haggen remain union?

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:32 am

      Hi Greg, Yes, in Haggen’s initial communication to the store associates in the divested locations, they said that they are currently a union employer and will abide by the terms and conditions of employees current bargaining agreements. While it doesn’t address this issue specifically, here’s a link to their release:


  7. John Doe 21/12/2014 at 2:37 pm

    The stores aren’t closing.
    They are being re-branded. (Changing names.)

  8. Doug Shirk 21/12/2014 at 5:35 pm

    I see no mention of the 2 Yakima, WA stores on the lists. With Wenatchee and Walla Walla being sold, what happens to the last two Central Washington stores?

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:22 am

      Hi Doug, this announcement only included stores which we expect to divest, pending customary regulatory approvals. Any stores not listed are part of the new company following the transaction close.


  9. Phil 30/12/2014 at 10:39 pm

    I read a lot of news articles, but found no answer to a basic question. Will both brands be carried forward, or will one of the store names be discontinued?

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:21 am

      Hi Phil – The new company’s network of stores will operate under the Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randall’s, Tom Thumb, Carr’s-Safeway, Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaw’s, Star Market, Super Saver, United Supermarkets, Amigos, and Market Street banners. These are strong brands, and we have no current plans to change them.


  10. Stephen 31/12/2014 at 5:34 pm

    I have three questions.

    1) Of the stores staying owned by Albertsons/Safeway (not being divested), are any of them changing their store banners? For example, will most of the Vons Stores remain Vons, and Albertsons remain Albertsons? Will there be some Change Over (BTW I am in San Diego, and I am referring to the stores NOT bought by Haggen). I wonder because we have BOTH Vons and Albertsons in San Diego.

    2) Which product lines will be carried after the merger? Will any of the product lines for O Organics, Open Nature, etc be continued post-merger?

    3) What will happen to Vonsclub? Will it continue or go away (I am asking because Albertsons does not use a club card and Vons does)?

    • Christine Christine 06/01/2015 at 11:45 am

      Hi Stephen,
      To answer your questions as simply as possible, it will be business as usual following the transaction close. We have no plans to change any banners or programs at this time, and as far as Safeway’s private label brands, they will go forward as well.

  11. Randall Smith 02/01/2015 at 11:33 am

    If the Albertson’s we shop at are not listed any place they will remain a Albertson’s store?

  12. Jodi 06/01/2015 at 11:31 am

    so what is the deal witht the store in Mandeville, LA? Its closing but is there someone else taking over?

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:19 am

      Hi Jodi, we made the difficult decision to close the Mandeville store following a review of the store’s performance. Unfortunately, despite the team’s best efforts, we have been unable over the last 5 years to make the store operate at the performance level expected. Any future decisions involving the location would be up to the landlord there.


  13. Chris 07/01/2015 at 9:03 am

    do we have a definitive date for the merger between Albertson and Safeway?

    • Christine Christine 07/01/2015 at 9:16 am

      Hi Chris, No, we do not. We expect it will close sometime this month.


  14. Deby Warner 08/01/2015 at 10:15 am

    Hi Christine,
    Would like to purchase stock since ya’ll are making such great progress! What’s the symbol I need to be looking for? Congrats btw;-) Anxious for reply and thank you!

    • Christine Christine 17/02/2015 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Deby – we’re privately held, so our stock isn’t publicly traded. Thanks for your interest, though. 🙂 Chris

  15. Larry 09/01/2015 at 3:23 pm

    Good afternoon Christine,
    I am a current broker doing business with Safeway. I have been trying to find a list of where each of the divisions will be headquartered at, along with a complete list of stores in each. I am guessing that this information will not become availble until after the merger has closed. Will you or someone else be providing that information? It will be very important on how I go to market with the new company as it will not be centralized as in the past regarding the Safeway business.

  16. Andrew 15/01/2015 at 12:00 pm

    I’m surprised that neither the Albertsons at 39140 Winchester Road in Murrieta, CA and the Vons at 38995 Sky Canyon Drive in Murrieta, CA are on this list. They are across the street from each other! Is there a reason neither of these were included in the diversification, it seems like there could be a conflict of interest having both of these less than 1/4 mile a part from each other.

  17. Carol 15/01/2015 at 2:04 pm

    Lake Oswego store on State Street is closing and that’s the store I shop in almost every day. The nearby Safeway is smaller and there are always too few checkout lanes open. I hate mergers because customers are left with fewer choices for shopping and less convenient locations for stores. I will miss the Albertons familiar store layout, good prices on products, and most of all the friendly staff who have served my family for years. 🙁

  18. Cheryl Wright 15/01/2015 at 10:54 pm

    Albertson’s and Safeway both have a warehouse in Portland Or. With selling 20 stores in Oregon which one will be closing?

    • Customer Care 19/01/2015 at 6:37 am

      Hi Cheryl, thank you for your concerns regarding the merger. The transaction between the companies is still pending customary government approval. Please refer to the information available above in our press release.

  19. Alfred 19/01/2015 at 8:06 pm

    I am concerned if .com grocery delivery at Vons will be discontinued, I honestly don’t see a reason why it should, Vons does really well in that department. What’s the ‘forecast’ on this? I need to know, because I work in that department. Thanks.

  20. Justin Williams 21/01/2015 at 10:55 am

    What about The Haggens in Arlington, Washington caddy corner from Safeway closing? Was this due to this merger and will one reopen in the area in its place? Or do you know of any other changes in this area in the future? We recently lost two stores.

    • Christine Christine 18/02/2015 at 9:12 am

      Hey Justin – any questions about Haggen can be directed to them. They’ve only acquired some of our Washington stores – we don’t have any visibility into their business decisions. Thanks!

  21. derek 27/01/2015 at 11:20 am

    will there be changes made to the 401k or other benefits? Speaking for Shaw’s and starmarket specifically, there has been many changes in the past, and I was wondering if this merger will change anything?

    • Christine Christine 17/02/2015 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Derek, right now, it’s business as usual. We won’t see any immediate changes. Thanks for your question.

  22. Tom 29/01/2015 at 7:40 am

    What will happen to Safeway bonds? I currently own some and am a bit anxious about Albertson’s plans regarding Safeway’s long-term debt.

  23. Sal 04/02/2015 at 2:27 pm

    Hi. Will Safeway stores in CA remain under the Safeway name? Thanks.

    • Christine Christine 17/02/2015 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Sal, at this time, we don’t plan to make any changes, so Northern California stores will continue to be branded as Safeway, and Southern California Vons stores will also continue forward. Thanks! Chris

  24. Jo 19/02/2015 at 9:26 pm

    Where can I buy rancher’s reserve beef now that the sheridan, wy Safeway is changing to Ridleys?

  25. Dennis Dennis 24/02/2015 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Jo, the Albertsons store at 1865 Coffeen Avenue offers only high quality USDA Choice Beef. I would encourage you to speak to any of our meat department employees in the store to find out more about the quality and taste of our Steakhouse Choice brand. Thanks Dennis!

  26. Don 26/03/2015 at 11:59 pm

    I was at the (former) Albertson’s in Yorba Linda today. They were closing at 6:30 to switch everything to Hagen. I asked for my monopoly game pieces at checkout and the kid said the game was over. What?? When I got home the rules said May 19.
    Cheated in YL

    • Customer Care 27/03/2015 at 2:16 pm

      The game is not officially over, but the Haggen stores will not be participating in the game, Don. Many of the Albertsons that are now Haggen have redistributed their remaining game inventory to surrounding stores. I reached out to the store in Brea, CA. They said that they would honor the amount of tickets printed on the receipt as long as they were not circled or otherwise marked off. I hope that helps, and I’m sorry for the inconvenience. ~Liralen

  27. Debra 14/04/2015 at 4:34 pm

    Will Safeway continue the eScrip program that donates money to participating school groups? If so, for how long? What changes will be made?

  28. David Tappe 20/04/2015 at 8:44 pm

    We have given our daughter Albertsons gift cards for her college food expenses in San Luis Obispo. Now, unexpectedly the SLO store is a Haggen and they are not accepting Albertsons gift cards. The local Vons also says they will not accept them. What options does she have?

    • Customer Care 21/04/2015 at 3:04 am

      Thanks for reaching out to Albertsons/Haggen with your question, David. Because we’re all about service and hassle-free shopping, we will honor your Albertsons or Safeway gift cards through an exchange process. Please visit the Guest Services desk at your local Haggen for assistance. ~Cindy

  29. ARNULFO 27/04/2015 at 3:27 pm

    Is there a updated list (most current one is dated 12/19/14) of Albertsons stores closing or are ALL Albertsons store closing as of now???

    • Customer Care 27/04/2015 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Arnulfo, that is an up -to-date list of all the stores that are being closed/ converted. We are not closing all of our stores and have no current plans for closing or converting anymore at this time. ~Thomas

  30. Billy J Shafer 17/05/2015 at 10:46 am

    I use to service the generators for Albertsons and Safeway. All over Texas and LA. Never thought I would see the day when they became one company.

    Moved to a small town outside of Bryan Texas.Used to shop at Albertsons there. Had the best meat and prices around. Wuill Albertsons ever return to Bryan

  31. Annie 27/05/2015 at 10:52 pm

    I miss the Albertson’s employees at 14340 Penasquitos Drive in San Diego. I been in Haggen twice and it looks like all new employees. The old staff were always friendly, helpful and I never caught them in a grumpy mood. The new staff has not impressed me… guess I have to give them a few more chances before I switch stores.

    Do you know if the employees were switched out with the sale to Haagen?

    • Customer Care 30/05/2015 at 2:44 pm

      Good morning, Annie. Upon the closing of the merger, employees of divested Albertsons stores were offered opportunities to retain their positions with the buyer. At this location, five employees chose to move to other Albertsons stores. ~Jenna

  32. Luke 05/06/2015 at 2:26 pm

    Would it be possible to see a list or press release of store closures from the Central Florida closings in 2012?

    • Customer Care 09/06/2015 at 9:13 am

      We apologize for the delay, Luke. We don’t issue press releases about our store closures. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.~Shasta

  33. Rob 07/06/2015 at 1:35 pm

    Will my Vons gift cards still be good? If so, for how long?


    • Customer Care 09/06/2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi Rob, customers who previously purchased Vons gift cards will be able to use them at Vons locations. ~Shasta

  34. A. Agress 14/06/2015 at 3:33 pm

    The Albertsons in Weslake Village and Thousand Oaks became and Haagens and won’t accept the Albertsons gift cards I have left. Can they be used at Vons? If not, where should I send them for credit?

    • Customer Care 14/06/2015 at 4:46 pm

      Sorry to hear that your nearest store is no longer an Albertsons. I did find that there is an Albertsons location near by where you can use your gift card. It can be found at 1268 Madera Road, Simi Valley, CA 93065. I hope this helps. ~Jonathon

  35. Lynnette 19/06/2015 at 8:29 pm

    I would like information regarding what rules are in place for employees who were switched from Albertsons to Haggen. Is it accurate that if you worked at an Albertson’s that was bought buy Haggen – that you cannot apply for a job at Albertson’s or Safeway for at least a year? (I am not talking about transferring, but if you are leaving your Haggen store/area and want to apply for a position at a Albertson’s or Safeway store). Can you tell me where I can find information regarding this?
    Thank you in advance – this is a very informative website!

    • Customer Care 22/06/2015 at 5:20 pm

      Hello Lynnette, I do apologize, but the information you were recently provided was not up to date. You are right. You would have to wait a year if you’ve left a Haggen Store that was divested before you can reapply to Albertsons. The year starts at the starting date of conversion. This was a per the merger agreement. ~Liralen

  36. Lynnette 24/06/2015 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for the information. Can you tell me if this is also the case for applying at Safeway? Also, can you provide me with information regarding where I can find documentation regarding this rule? I have been unable to locate anything that speaks to this situation. Thanks again!

    • Christine Christine 28/06/2015 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Lynette, Yes, it applies to all of the company’s stores. Because it was part of a store’s conversion packet, it was likely in the FAQ Haggen provided to employees at the stores. I will ask our Conversion team if there is anything we can email to you.


  37. shawn trontel 06/07/2015 at 11:56 pm


    • Christine Christine 07/07/2015 at 8:07 am

      Hi Shawn, yes! Open Nature is one of our Own Brand products, so you’ll still see it in your Safeway store.

      Have a great day!

  38. Theresa Hogoboom 04/08/2015 at 11:25 am

    The Safeway Store on S Broadway in Walnut Creek is telling me they will no longer carry the Primo Taglio brand of Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast in the deli due to the merger. In fact, they have no smoked turkey at all (even though one of their feature deli sandwiches is a Smoked Turkey Chipotle sandwich). This is a popular item. While I was in the store trying to purchase some, 3 other people asked at the deli counter for it. Why discontinue it?

    • Christine Christine 06/08/2015 at 10:44 am

      Hi Theresa,
      Right now, we’re simply working through a supplier shortage. The Primo Taglio brand is still part of our mix and as soon as it’s available again, it will be back in stores.


  39. Caren Sanders 29/09/2015 at 8:02 am

    The Burleson Texas Albertsons receipt says Safeway now. Is the name going to change to Safeway? It still says Albertsons on the bldg.
    I have not read all the comments, but I understood that Albertsons had bought Safeway.

    • Christine Christine 16/10/2015 at 7:16 am

      Hi Caren,
      It took a little digging, but we figured out that there were a few lanes at that store that were inadvertently printing out “Safeway.” We certainly didn’t mean for that to happen, and really appreciate your pointing it out so we could fix it.


  40. Lisa 14/10/2015 at 10:02 am

    Des this affect Albertsons stores in Lafayette, LA?

  41. Robert Carley 15/10/2015 at 11:57 pm

    Christine, I work for Safeway #1813 in Anchorage, AK. Two questions:

    1. I see that Albertson’s can match a percentage of 7% of contributions to an employee’s 401(k). Any chance for that to ‘trickle down’ to Safeway?

    2. I hear that we used to be able to ‘sell’ our unused vacation time, if we wanted to. Chance of this ability returning?


    • Christine Christine 16/10/2015 at 7:12 am

      Hi Robert, Hope everything is going well in AK! The best resource for your answers is your HR team. I’ve forwarded your note to the division for response.

  42. Marisol Lang 02/11/2015 at 5:58 am

    Hi I have a question If I get an employee discount at Albertsons Can I use the same card at Vons to get a discount?

    • Customer Support 02/11/2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Marisol. You will need to obtain a new Club Card from a Vons stores in order to receive the employee discount there. Stop by the Customer Service Booth and any associate in-store can assist you further. -Julio

  43. K. Parker 30/11/2015 at 12:20 pm

    I was so disappointed when I heard that Albertson’s had bought Safeway. Safeway has been a huge supporter of our local schools throughout the years via the eScrip program. We could go to them for help at anytime without a need to put a request in months in advance. The Scrip program in particular was a huge help to the local school’s in our area. Knowing Albertson’s reputation I knew that they would put the scrip program on the chopping block as soon as they could and sure enough they did. What Albertson’s does not realize is that not only did they hurt the local schools that participated in the scrip program, but, they have also hurt their loyal customers. Many of the schools, especially private schools require families to fund raise for the school. This was the easiest way to meet the fundraising needs for many families. Our public high school district keeps track of all scrip fundraising per student and give the students fundraising credits which help cover the costs of Advanced Placement testing, Field trip fees, ASB events not to mention fees associated with athletics, band and cheerleading. Because of this my family earned over $600.00 in fundraising credits for the school that we supported in turn did not have to spend out of pocket for my son’s athletics, AP Tests and ASB activities. Think how much grocery shopping at Safeway it took to earn that! I for one will no longer be the loyal Safeway shopper I was. I am now switching to a store that puts their community needs above their bottom line. Albertson’s has always had a reputation in our area as being too expensive and not a school supporter. It’s too bad, I loved my Safeway store! I will not shop another Albertson’s owned store until they resume the scrip program. I know a lot of my friends feel the same way. Ending support of the scrip program for our area schools was met with a lot of upset parents. Most asking where can I shop to keep earning scrip credits. Luckily all of the other stores in our area offer a scrip program. I guess your company knew it was a rotten thing to do. That is why they only gave two days notice that the program was ending. GREEDY Executives had to have made this decision!

    • Customer Support 30/11/2015 at 12:42 pm

      Hello, K. We will continue to support local schools as well as other charitable programs including cancer prevention and treatment, supporting our veterans, hunger relief, and assisting people with disabilities. Through our company’s Foundation, we have grants available in all of the above areas and will continue to honor our commitment to serving the communities in which we operate.

      Through the next school year, organizations will receive checks. There is no action needed. Starting in July of 2016, schools will be eligible to apply for grants through our Foundation. Applications are received through an online application at Thank you for your feedback. -Julio

  44. Jim 11/12/2015 at 1:07 pm

    Our Safeway in Surprise AZ only recently had a “Senior Wed” 10% discount. I notice Alberstson’s always has it. Will it be a fixture at our Safeway on the 1st wed. from now on?

    • Customer Support 13/12/2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks for reaching out, Jim. This discount is available on the first Wednesday of every month at Safeway and Albertsons stores in your area. We hope this helps! -Julio

  45. John Davey 14/03/2016 at 11:17 am

    will the Shaw’s in Canton Mass remain a Shaw’s? Who will own it? Shaw’s Supermarkets or some larger corporation?

    • Christine Christine 14/03/2016 at 11:22 am

      Hi John, We love our New England Shaws stores. They were unaffected by this transaction. Shaws is part of Albertsons Companies, LLC, but they are operated out of West Bridgewater, MA. Have a great day! Chris

  46. Allesa Statham 08/05/2016 at 4:03 pm

    Upon the recent merger the local Safeway just closed (
    Vons purchased the location in 2013 with plans to upgrade that never came to fruition. How can a local interested party get in touch with the right people to propose a purchase of the location and relieve Vons of the tax and maintenence burden of this holding?

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