number of supermarket chains produce their own
cola drinks which they display with some
prominence. They also stock the leading
brands. However, do they stock smaller
label brands in the spirit of fair
competition? Do they have a fair trade
is fair trade?
you fancy trying a different cola, a cola with
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Inc. is one of the
largest food and drug
retailers in North
America. As of September
10, 2005, the company
operated 1,800 stores in
Mid-Atlantic regions of
the United States and in
western Canada. In
support of its stores,
Safeway has an extensive
network of distribution,
manufacturing and food
Safeway also holds a 49%
interest in Casa Ley,
S.A. de C.V., a retailer
in food and general
merchandise retailer in
1915, M.B. Skaggs, an ambitious young man in the
small Idaho town of American Falls, purchased a
grocery store from his father. M.B.'s business
strategy, to give his customers value and to
expand by keeping a narrow profit margin, proved
spectacularly successful. By 1926 he was
operating 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B.
almost doubled the size of his business that
year when he merged his company with 322 Safeway
(formerly Selig) stores. Two years later MB
listed Safeway on the New York Stock Exchange.
MB did not let the difficulties of the Great
Depression dilute his pioneering focus on value
for customers. In the 1930's Safeway introduced
produce pricing by the pound, open dating on
perishables to assure freshness, nutritional
labeling, even some of the first parking lots.
purchasing renewable energy, Safeway
is dedicated to a cleaner environment.
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Safeway chain was created in a merger engineered by
Merrill Lynch in 1926 of Skaggs Stores and Sam
Seelig Co. The name Safeway was created at that time
for the stores and group.
Stores had its start in 1915, when Marion B. Skaggs
purchased his father's grocery store in American
Falls, Idaho for $1,089. The chain, which traded
under the name Skaggs' Cash Stores grew quickly and
Skaggs enlisted the help of his five brothers help
grow the network of stores which reached 191 by
Seelig Co. was founded in Los Angeles in the 1920's.
By the time of
the merger in 1926, Seelig Stores had 322 stores
centered in Southern California while Skaggs had
grown to 673 stores centered in the Pacific
Northwest region. The merger was orchestrated by
Charles Merrill of Merrill Lynch, who later left
Merrill Lynch for a period of time in the 1930's to
run Safeway. At the time of the merger, the company
was headquartered in Reno, Nevada. But in 1929,
Safeway relocated its headquarters to a former
grocery warehouse in Oakland, California.
with financing supplied by Merrill Lynch then began
to aggressively acquire numerous regional grocery
store chains, including MacMarr (a California chain
also assembled by Charles Merrill), the Sanitary
Grocery Company of Washington D.C., Daniel Reeves of
New York, and Burd Stores of Kansas City. The
company also acquired the west coast Piggly Wiggly
stores in 1928 and part of the break up of that
company by Wall Street. Most acquired chains
retained their own names until the mid 1930s.
number of stores peaked at 3,527 in 1931, when the
numerous smaller grocery stores began being replaced
with larger supermarket stores.
expansion was an early part of the company's growth.
The company expanded into Canada in 1929, into the
United Kingdom in 1962, into Germany in the late
1960's and into Australia in the 1970's. The company
also had operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
during the 1980's.
a hostile takeover bid from corporate raiders
Herbert and Robert Haft, the chain was acquired by
KKR acting as a in 1986. With the assistance
of KKR, the company was taken private and assumed
tremendous debt. To pay off this debt the company
sold the UK division, Safeway plc, which is now part
of Morrisons, Dallas, Salt Lake City, El Paso,
Oklahoma, and the Liquor Barn divisions in 1987 and
the Kansas City, Little Rock, Houston divisions in
1988. Safeway's national presence was reduced to
Northern California and several western states and
the Washington DC area. Safeway Australia was sold
to Woolworths Australia in 1985. Altogether, nearly
half the 2200 stores in the chain were sold.
Southern California, Safeway sold most of its stores
to Vons, in exchange for a 30% interest in the
company. Safeway pulled out of established markets
like Los Angeles and San Diego, and diminishing
operations in Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, and
Sacramento. Save-Mart purchased the few remaining
Fresno stores in 1996. The
company was taken public again in 1990.
the late 1990s it began to again aggressively
acquired regional chains, including Randall's in
Texas, Carr's in Alaska and Dominick's in Illinois.
In 1996, it exercised its option to acquire control
of Vons in Southern California.
October 2003 a strike was called by members of the
United Food and Commercial Workers at Vons stores in
Southern California. The strike (and concurrent
lockout at Albertsons and Ralphs) lasted until the
end of February 2004.
2005 Safeway began a brand re-positioning in an
attempt to differentiate itself as a higher-quality
store than its competitors. The launch included a
redesigned logo, the slogan "Ingredients for
life" and a four-panel "life icon" to
be used throughout stores and advertising.
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has announced a £3bn agreed takeover offer for
Safeway, which will create a nationwide chain of
552 supermarkets and lead to the closure of
Safeway's head office in Hayes with the loss of
about 1,200 jobs. 16-Dec-2003
is considering plans to build a new supermarket
at Ellon near Aberdeen, with the creation of 90
new jobs and the transfer of staff from its
existing site. 14-Aug-2003
is in negotiations to acquire a further six
urban sites for its new Citystore convenience
has launched a £2.5bn agreed bid for Safeway,
creating a combined supermarkets group with 598
stores, but 1,200 Safeway jobs could be lost
through the closure of its head office in Hayes.
is planning to spend £100m opening three more
stores in Northern Ireland, with the creation of
1,000 jobs, and some existing stores will be
replaced by larger outlets. 25-Oct-2002
is planning to double the size of its staff
training centre in Burton-on-Trent, with five
new areas being opened by spring 2003.
is looking to open a chain of convenience stores
across the country, and the first two sites will
start trading in Glasgow and Edinburgh later
this year. 22-Jul-2002
is centralising its human resources and
recruitment functions at a dedicated service
centre in Warrington, in order to save £3m a
is to take full control of its retailing
operation in Northern Ireland by paying £22m
for the remaining 50% of Safeway Stores Ireland
from joint venture partner Fitzwilton.
is reviewing the future of its 27 in-store post
offices, and could replace some of them with dry
cleaning and photo processing concessions.
is planning to spend £350m refurbishing about
100 stores this year, and six new outlets will
open taking the total to 481. 16-May-2002
is forming a joint venture with property company
London & Regional to consider the
development potential of its 480 stores, and
possible projects include the construction of
buildings on stilts in its car parks.
is outsourcing its returns management to
Consignia in order to reduce the costs involved
in dealing with faulty goods, and Consignia is
now looking to set up similar partnerships with
other retailers. 04-Mar-2002
is to become the first leading retailer to
launch a pizza delivery service, starting with
trials at its St Katherine's Dock store.
is looking to recruit 335 extra staff in Rushden,
in preparation for the May opening of its
expanded superstore in Crown Way. 09-Jan-2002
is planning to open 12 new in-store dry cleaning
outlets over the next four months. 19-Nov-2001
is to invest £100m in the refurbishment of 22
stores in Scotland over the next 12 months, with
the creation of 2,000 jobs. 24-Sep-2001
is to create 100 new jobs at its supermarket in
Belper after completing a £1m refurbishment
over the next six months. 28-Aug-2001
is planning to trial a low cost fresh food
supermarket in less affluent areas early next
is seeking permission to upgrade and modernise
the Westhill Shopping Centre near Aberdeen, with
the creation of 100 jobs. 11-Jul-2001
is planning to open 40 Cafe Fresco restaurants
over the next 18 months, and is looking into the
possibility of opening stand-alone units.
is to spend £450m refurbishing more than 100
stores this year, and ten new outlets will open
by 2003. 17-May-2001
is looking at ways to expand its rail freight
strategy across the country following the
success of its scheme in north Scotland, and is
also planning to run a fleet of 50 lorries using
compressed natural gas in London. 01-May-2001
is to set up three new staff training centres in
London, Edinburgh and the Midlands this year in
order to retrain staff for its new-look stores.
is to set up new photo processing labs at 70 of
its stores this year. 19-Mar-2001
is planning to expand its retailing business in
Northern Ireland, which will involve building
new stores in south Belfast and Bangor and
replacing or extending other sites. 26-Feb-2001
has announced plans to refit about 50
supermarkets in south-east England over the next
few months, and more convenience stores will be
opened in London. 17-Jan-2001
has announced plans to open 25 hypermarkets over
the next two years by extending existing
outlets, and a further 45 will be opened in
following years. 24-Nov-2000
is closing its supermarket in Beckenham High
Street this month, with the loss of 57 jobs.
is to create 80 new jobs at its distribution
depot near Cullompton, as part of an expansion
of its national depot network that will result
in more than 600 new jobs. 13-Nov-2000
has awarded a £10m contract to Bovis Lend Lease
to build a superstore in Woking. 27-Jul-2000
and Safeway have both submitted plans to Erewash
Borough Council for the construction of
superstores in Ilkeston. 24-Jul-2000
is to close its Cromwell Road store in Grimsby
with the loss of up to 64 jobs, and another
store in nearby Brigg will also close.
has won the go-ahead to build a £17m
turf-roofed superstore in Aberdeen's West End,
with the creation of 300 jobs. 30-Jun-2000
is to scrap its ABC loyalty card in order to
save £50m this year and focus on price cuts.
is planning to expand the range of accessory
businesses at its superstores, including
services such as photo labs, restaurants and dry
is to cut 160 jobs in its trading, marketing and
buying departments, as part of a strategy to
delegate more responsibility to store managers.
is seeking permission to build a £17m
underground supermarket in the West End area of
is planning to create 3,500 jobs by opening and
extending stores, but up to 100 jobs will be
lost by removing a layer of regional management.
is to open a late-night mini-store in Warwick,
one of 50 outlets being set up on BP petrol
forecourts throughout the country. 01-Jul-1999
is seeking planning permission to build a
superstore in Worcester, which would create up
to 280 jobs. 09-Jun-1999
is planning to spend up to £270m buying back
shares, which should put an end to speculation
that the supermarket chain is seeking a merger
has submitted plans to Hyndburn Council to build
a new store in Great Harwood near Blackburn,
creating 180 jobs. 30-Mar-1999
is to relocate its existing supermarket in
Wimbledon town centre to a new and larger site,
and is also pressing ahead with plans for an
additional store at nearby Plough Lane.
has announced plans to build a superstore at
Alness in the Highlands, which will create 200
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