As you probably know, Safeway and Albertsons super market chains have merged. You ‘ll see the same store names, but your local store may change its name and be operated by a different company. To complicate things even more, the merger gave the new corporation more outlets than federal regulations permit. A once-small supermarket chain called Haggen increased its business eight-fold by purchasing many of the properties formerly owned by Safeway or Albertsons. This has generated lots of confusion.
For example: before the big merger, I did most of my gluten free shopping at an Albertsons store that has since been redecorated and restocked and is now managed by Haggen. Will I continue to shop at the same location or I should I see what other stores have to offer?
I’m waiting for the dust to settle before I decide. My best hope for getting up-to-date information is to log on to www.albertsons.com, www.haggen.com, and/or www.safeway.com. Certainly, I’ll visit all three of the store chains to make my personal decision and to collect the ideas that I will share on this blog. In the meantime, I will ignore anything posted about these three supermarket chains before the beginning of this year. Times are changing!!!!!!!