Safeway Employee Reviews for Bakery Clerk
I enjoyed the work, but management was unsupportive
Bakery Clerk (Former Employee) - San Jose, CA - December 9, 2020
I enjoyed the work itself, but the department manager was uptight, impatient, & quick to scold over incorrectly completed tasks, though said manager wasn't proactive to explain how tasks should & should not be done in order to avoid the mistakes in the first place. Co-workers were chill, friendly, & very helpful, but I was often told how to do things completely differently from what the manager expected, leading to more scolding. Again, I really liked the work, but with the manager's unhelpfullness & negativity, & lack of sufficient communication among department staff, it was getting too stressful. I decided to quit.
Enjoyable work, customers weren't too bad, received extra pay due to COVID
Unsupportive management, lack of communication among dept staff
Official response from SafewayDecember 15, 2020
Thanks so much for leaving a review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the work and your coworkers! Please send me an email if you'd like to chat more about management. We definitely want our management teams to be supportive and helpful. You can reach me at [email protected] Thanks!
American supermarket chain
This article is about the U.S.-based supermarket corporation. For other uses, see Safeway (disambiguation).
Safeway headquarters in Pleasanton, California, United States
|Industry||Retail / grocery|
|Founded||April 1915 (106 years ago) (1915-04) in American Falls, Idaho, U.S.|
|Founder||Marion Barton Skaggs|
|Headquarters||Pleasanton, California, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Products||Bakery, dairy, delicatessen, dry cleaning, frozen foods, fuel, grocery, lottery, pharmacy, photographic processing, produce, meats, snack food, liquor, flowers, and Western Union|
|Total assets||US$17.2 billion|
Number of employees
|Over 250,000 (2015, including Albertsons)|
Safeway is an American supermarket chain founded by Marion Barton Skaggs in April 1915 in American Falls, Idaho. The chain provides grocery items, food and general merchandise and feature a variety of specialty departments, such as bakery, delicatessen, floral and pharmacy, as well as Starbucks coffee shops and fuel centers. It is a subsidiary of Albertsons after being acquired by private equity investors led by Cerberus Capital Management in January 2015. Safeway's primary base of operations is in the Western United States with some stores located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Eastern Seaboard. The subsidiary is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with its parent company, Albertsons, headquartered in Boise, Idaho.
Safeway stores operate under the logo of a stylized white "S" inside a rounded red square with the slogan "Ingredients for life". Following the organics trend, the stores have expanded the number of organic fruits and vegetables in the produce section and offer other items under the "O Organics" label. Stores may have a Starbucks, a deli counter, a meat department, a produce section, a flower department, a bakery, a pharmacy, a liquor section, and/or many aisles of nonperishable items. The stores offer many in-house private label brands as well as name brands across all product categories.
S.M. Skaggs, a Baptistminister, was convinced that the prevailing system of allowing customers to buy food from stores on credit increased prices, because grocers and storekeepers had to wait to get paid, and it made the customers overly dependent on those grocers and storekeepers. He described selling items on credit as "the growing evil of installment purchasing". S.M. Skaggs established a store in American Falls, Idaho, and he sold groceries for cash at the time of sale. Skaggs was also against the prevailing high-cost system of the grocer having clerks serving all the needs of each customer. He was an early proponent of the self-service concept. Items were kept within the customers' reach, on shelves that hugged the walls, with aisles clear for customers to walk comfortably. Customers picked up baskets as they entered the store, selected what they wanted from the shelves, and paid for their purchases at a checkout counter.
When S.M. Skaggs decided he wanted to focus on his Baptist ministry, his son M.B. Skaggs purchased the grocery store from him for $1,088 (equivalent to $27,800 in 2020). His second store opened in Burley, Idaho, in 1918. By 1921, M.B. Skaggs owned multiple stores in Idaho and Montana.
M.B. Skaggs moved to Portland, Oregon in 1921, and he established four groceries in town that year, in part by buying a grocer and a coffee company. The chain, which operated as two separate businesses, Skaggs Cash Stores and Skaggs United Stores, grew quickly, and Skaggs enlisted the help of his five brothers to grow the network of stores. 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 had opened 428 Skaggs stores in 10 states. M.B. almost doubled the size of his business that year when he merged his company with 322 Sam Seelig Company stores and incorporated as Safeway, Inc., because he thought that a chain that would outlive him should not carry his name.
The point of the name was that the grocery operated on a cash-and-carry basis — it did not offer credit, as grocers traditionally had done. It was the "safe way" to buy because a family could not get into debt via its grocery bill (as many families did at the time, especially during the Great Depression).
In 1926, Charles E. Merrill, the founder of the Merrill Lynch brokerage firm, saw an opportunity to consolidate the West Coast grocery industry. Towards this end, he purchased the 322-store Safeway chain of W.R.H. Weldon, who wished to exit retailing and concentrate on wholesale. Then, in June 1926, Merrill offered Skaggs either $7 million outright or $1.5 million plus 30,000 shares in the merged firm. Skaggs took the latter. On July 1, 1926, Safeway merged with the 673 stores from Skaggs United Stores of Idaho and Skaggs Cash Stores of California. On completion of the Skaggs/Safeway merger, M. B. Skaggs became the Chief Executive of the business. Two years later, Skaggs listed Safeway on the New York Stock Exchange. In the 1930s, Safeway introduced produce pricing by the pound, adding "sell by" dates on perishables, nutritional labeling, and some of the first parking lots.
The merger instantly created the largest chain of grocery stores west of the Mississippi. In the 1930s, Charles E. Merrill temporarily left Merrill Lynch to help manage Safeway. At the time of the merger, the company was headquartered in Reno, Nevada. In 1929, it was relocated to a former grocery warehouse in Oakland, California. Safeway headquarters remained there until the move to Pleasanton, California in 1996.
In the late 1930s the New Negro Alliance boycotted the Sanitary Grocery Company (then a Safeway subsidiary) to pressure store owners to employ African Americans, especially in predominantly black neighborhoods. The Sanitary Grocery Company successfully sought an injunction against the New Negro Alliance, which was upheld by the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals. This led to the 1938 landmark decision of New Negro Alliance v. Sanitary Grocery Co., which defended the right to peaceful protest in the resolution of labor disputes.
The initial public offering price of Safeway stock was $226 in 1927. A five for one split in 1928 brought the price down to under $50. Over the next few years, Charles Merrill, with financing supplied by Merrill Lynch, then began aggressively acquiring numerous regional grocery store chains for Safeway in a rollup strategy. Early acquisitions included significant parts of Piggly Wiggly chain as part of the breakup of that company by Merrill Lynch and Wall Street.
|Year||Firm||# of stores||Location|
|1926||H.G. Chaffee||grocery stores||Southern California|
|1926||Skaggs Cash Stores||679 grocery stores||Idaho|
|1926||Skaggs United Stores||(in above)||California|
|1928||Arizona Grocery/Pay'n Takit Stores||24 grocery stores; 24 meat markets||Arizona|
|1928||Newway Stores||15 grocery stores; 11 meat markets||El Paso, Texas|
|1928||Sanitary Grocery (incl. some Piggly Wiggly)||429 grocery stores; 67 meat markets||Washington D.C. and Virginia|
|1928||Eastern Stores Inc.||67 grocery stores; 127 meat markets||Baltimore, Maryland|
|1928||Piggly Wiggly Pacific||91 grocery stores; 84 meat markets||Oakland, California|
|1928||Bird Grocery Stores (including some Piggly Wiggly)||224 grocery stores; 210 meat markets||Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska|
|1929||Piggly Wiggly West||91 grocery stores; 84 meat markets||Northern California, Hawaii, Colorado|
|1929||Sun Grocery||91 grocery stores; 84 meat markets||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|1931||MacMarr Stores||grocery stores||Los Angeles|
|1936||Stores from Kroger||53 grocery stores||Oklahoma|
|1941||Daniel Reeves||498 grocery stores||New York|
|1941||National Grocery||84 grocery stores||New Jersey|
|1958||Thriftway Stores (Iowa)||30 grocery stores||Iowa|
Most transactions involved the swap of stock certificates, with little cash changing hands. Most acquired chains retained their own names until the mid-1930s.
In 1929, there were rumors of a Safeway-Kroger merger.
The number of stores peaked at 3,400 in 1932, when expansion ground to a halt. The Great Depression had finally impacted the chain, which began to focus on cost control. In addition, numerous smaller grocery stores were being replaced with larger supermarket stores. By 1933, the chain ranked second in the grocery industry behind The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and ahead of Kroger.
In 1935, Safeway sold its nine stores in Honolulu, Hawaii "because of the inconvenience of proper supervision". Also in 1935, independent groceries in California convinced the California legislature to enact a progressive tax on chain stores. Before the act took effect, Safeway filed a petition to have the law put to a referendum. In 1936, the California electorate voted to repeal the law.
In 1936, Safeway introduced a money back guarantee on meat.
|Country||Year||# of stores|
|United Kingdom||1962||131 (1986)|
|West Germany||1963||35 (1984)|
|Saudi Arabia||1982||6 (1984)|
The company expanded into Canada in 1929 with 127 stores (which became Canada Safeway Limited and which was sold to Sobeys in 2013); into the United Kingdom in 1962 (which became Safeway plc); into Australia in 1963 (which became Safeway Australia); and into West Germany in 1964. The company also has operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in a licensing and management agreement with the Tamimi Group during the 1980s. In 1981, it acquired 49% of Mexican retailer Casa Ley.
Safeway usually achieved international expansion by acquiring one or more small chains in a given country. It expanded into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, however, through a joint venture. This initial nucleus of stores received Safeway systems and technology and then expanded organically. International chains acquired include:
In 1941, Marion B. Skaggs retired from the Safeway board of directors.
In 1947, the company's sales exceeded $1 billion for the first time. By 1951, total sales had reached nearly $1.5 billion. The company adopted the S logo, which it still uses, in 1962.
In 1955, Robert A. Magowan became Chairman of the Board of Safeway. Magowan had married Charles Merrill's daughter, Doris. Magowan also assumed the title of President in 1956. He remained President until 1968, and a member of the board until 1978. In 1966, Robert A Magowan brought his star Meat Processing Plant Manager, Michael F. Concannon to Oakland to become the Head of Meat Processing in North America. He retired in 1978 as well. Mike was instrumental in opening the Stockton plant. The Wichita plant and Meat Processing in Canada began in the 1970s.
In 1959, Safeway opened its first store in the new state of Alaska—the first major food retailer to enter that market. The company opened three stores in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks over the next several years. The store in downtown Fairbanks was built on the site of a red-light district, known as The Line, which operated for close to a half century. Most of these stores were in buildings constructed by Anchorage real estate developer Wally Hickel, who later became governor of Alaska and U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
Also in 1959, the firm also opened the first "marina-style" store on the Marina in San Francisco. Hundreds of stores in this barrel-vaulted-roof style opened during the next decade.
In 1961, the company sold its New York operations to Finast. In 1963, Safeway again opened stores in Hawaii, having exited this market in 1934. It leased one store in Culver City to animator/filmmaker Don Bluth, who used it as a theater until 1967.
In 1969, Safeway entered the Toronto market in Canada and the Houston market in Texas through opening new stores, rather than by acquisition. The firm ultimately failed against entrenched competition in both these markets.
In 1977, Safeway management instituted a program to fight counterfeit $100 bills by, among other things, telling employees that bills that lacked the words "In God We Trust" were counterfeit. Because Safeway had not sufficiently investigated the history of $100 bills, it was unaware that some bills still in circulation did not have the phrase. Eventually, an innocent shopper was incorrectly reported to Oakland, California, police for passing a "counterfeit" bill. He was arrested and strip-searched before Oakland police contacted the Treasury Department and realized the error. The 1981 jury verdict of joint and several liability for $45,000 against Safeway Stores and the City of Oakland was upheld in full by the Supreme Court of California on December 26, 1986.
In 1979, Peter Magowan, son of Robert Magowan and grandson of Charles Merrill, was appointed chairman and CEO of Safeway. Magowan managed Safeway for the next 13 years—presiding over the dramatic decline of the firm in terms of store numbers
1980s: Takeover and sell-offs
Following a hostile takeover bid from corporate raidersHerbert and Robert Haft, the chain was acquired by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) acting as a white knight in 1986. With the assistance of KKR, the company was taken private and assumed tremendous debt. To pay off this debt, the company began selling off a large number of its operating divisions.
|Year||Division sold||# of stores||Sale price||Buyer||Outcome|
|1982||Omaha/Sioux Falls||64 stores||n/a||Multiple buyers including Hy-Vee & Fareway||Stores continue to operate as Hy-Vee (Omaha/Lincoln/Sioux Falls) and Fareway (Sioux City, IA)|
|1985||Southern Ontario||22 stores||n/a||Oshawa Group||Oshawa was acquired by Sobeys in 1998|
|1985||West Germany||36 stores||n/a||Meierei C Bolle||Stores now part of Edeka|
|1987||Dallas||141 stores||n/a||Unable to sell whole division||Sold in pieces to Kroger, Brookshire's, Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy (now owned by Safeway), Minyard Food Stores and Furr's; some stores shuttered|
|1987||Salt Lake City||60 stores||$75m||Farmer Jack||Farmer Jack sells stores in pieces at under book value in 1988 to Fleming and Albertsons; Farmer Jack acquired by A&P late 1988|
|1987||El Paso/Albuquerque||59 stores||$140m||Furr's Supermarkets (see Roy Furr)||Firm hits financial difficulties; MBO of some stores; other sold; bankruptcy in 2001|
|1987||Oklahoma||106 stores||n/a||MBO by management and Clayton & Dubilier forming Homeland (supermarket)||Firm listed then goes into bankruptcy in 1996. Later it was bought by and became a subsidiary of Associated Wholesale Grocers.|
|1987||Safeway UK||121 stores||US$1b||Argyll Foods||Stores continued to trade under Safeway name until 2005, when they were acquired by Morrisons|
|1987||Richmond||62 stores||n/a||various buyers||Division merged into Washington DC division (later Eastern Division), stores eventually sold off to competitors, including Farm Fresh|
|1988||Kansas City||66 stores||n/a||Morgan Lewis Githens & Ahn/W S Acquisition Corp.||Renamed Food Barn; bankruptcy 1994; stores sold to Associated Wholesale Grocers, which either closed or divested them to their members.|
|1988||Little Rock||51 stores||n/a||Acadia Partners||Renamed Harvest Foods; bankruptcy in 1995; stores sold off; some now part of Associated Wholesale Grocers after the demise of Affiliated Foods Southwest|
|1988||Houston||99 stores||$174.6m||MBO with Duncan Cook and Co. and the Sterling Group||Renamed AppleTree Markets; bankruptcy 1992; stores sold to competitors|
|1988||Southern California||172 stores||$408m||Vons||The $408m that Safeway acquired in the deal consisted of $325m in cash and 30 percent interest in Vons; Safeway later acquired 100 percent ownership in 1997|
The divested domestic divisions of Safeway proved to be poisoned chalices for almost all those who acquired them. Essentially every purchasing entity hit financial troubles and either went bankrupt or was later acquired. (Hy-Vee and Fareway are the exceptions with the locations they acquired, having made them work.)
The international stores were more successful for their acquirers. Safeway plc, the operator of the UK stores, was sold to Argyll Foods, which itself was ultimately absorbed by Morrisons in 2004. Safeway Australia was sold to the Australian-based Woolworths Limited in 1985.
Safeway sold its stores in Southern California, including those in established markets like Los Angeles and San Diego, to The Vons Companies in 1988 in exchange for a 30 percent interest in the company. Safeway also scaled back its operations in Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, and Sacramento. Save Mart Supermarkets purchased the few remaining Fresno Safeway stores in 1996.
Many stores in the Eastern Division were also closed or sold in the 1987–1989 timeframe, including many recent additions in the DelMarVa Eastern Shore area.
Safeway's national presence was now reduced to several western states and Northern California, plus the Washington, D.C. area. Altogether, nearly half the 2,200 stores in the chain were sold.
Expansion in the 1990s
The company was taken public again in 1990, with the Jordan stores sold to the Masri family in 1991. In December 2003, the Masri family sold it to The Sultan Center of Kuwait. The late 1990s and early 2000s once again saw Safeway rapidly expand into new territories under a variety of regional names. In 1997, Safeway bought out the rest of The Vons Companies, giving it Southern California stores once more. In 1998, Chicago-based Dominick's Finer Foods was acquired from Yucaipa Companies. While Safeway had stores in Alaska, in 1999 they bought Carrs-Safeway, with the same year bringing the purchase of Houston-based Randall's Food Markets, which also had stores in Austin, Texas. Randalls also had stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through Randalls' other brand, Tom Thumb, along with gourmet grocery store Simon David. The purchase of Randalls also started the practice of Safeway-owned gas stations, as Randalls already had stations at their stores.
In 2000, Safeway started grocery delivery operations and in 2001 acquired the family-owned Genuardi's chain, with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. While Safeway also created the subsidiary Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments network, a card-based financial solutions company, and a provider of third-party prepaid cards, around this time, Genuardi's would be the last grocery purchase Safeway would make.
By the early 2000s, Safeway's expansion beyond the West Coast had been poorly received, citing Safeway's brands and West Coast-based buyers, with Dominick's on the sale block, and Randalls and Genuardi's losing market share.
To reinvigorate the flagging divisions, increase brand involvement, and to differentiate itself from its competitor, Safeway began a $100 million brand repositioning campaign labeled "Ingredients for life". in 2005.
The launch included a redesigned logo, a new slogan "Ingredients for life" alongside a four-panel life icon to be used throughout stores and advertising, and a web application called "FoodFlex" to improve consumer nutrition. Many locations are being converted to the "Lifestyle" format. The new look was designed by Michigan-based PPC Design. In addition to the "inviting decor with warm ambiance and subdued lighting", the move required heavy redesign of store layout, new employee uniforms, sushi and olive bars, and the addition of in-store Starbucks kiosks (with cupholders on grocery carts). The change also involved differentiating the company from competitors with promotions based on the company's extensive loyalty card database. This would be the design going forward for new and remodeled stores.
At the end of 2004, there were 142 "Lifestyle" format stores in the United States and Canada, with plans to open or remodel another 300 stores with this type of theme the following year. "Lifestyle" format stores have seen significantly higher average weekly sales than its other stores. By the end of 2006, shares were up, proving this rebranding campaign had a major impact on sale figures.
In July 2007, the company stock rose on speculation that Sears Holdings Corporation was seeking to purchase Safeway.
Decline and sale to Albertsons
In 2012, the company dissolved the Genuardi's chain in the Philadelphia metro through a combination of store selloffs and closures. Giant acquired 15 of the chain's stores and made an offer for a 16th which was instead sold to a local chain, McCaffrey's, as part of an antitrust settlement. Weis also bought three Genuardi's locations. A number of unprofitable Genuardi's units also had closed in 2010 and 2011 as their leases expired.
The Genuardi's stores in Wilmington, Delaware, were converted to the Safeway name in 2004 due to legal issues stemming from a union contract signed by the management of early Safeway stores in Delaware that closed in 1982. The current Safeway locations in Delaware are served by division offices in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area, where Safeway has long been a major grocer.
In 2011, Safeway signed an agreement with UNFI, for the distribution to all of Safeway's banners in the United States for non-proprietary natural, organic and specialty products effective October 2011.
In 2013, it was announced that Cerberus Capital Management were exploring a deal for all or part of Safeway. On June 12, 2013, Sobeys announced it would acquire Safeway's operations in Canada for CAD$5.8 billion, subject to regulatory approval. The move will bolster its presence in Western Canada, where Safeway was predominant. Sobeys completed the sale five months later while keeping the Safeway banner on its newly acquired stores while changing private labels to be more inline with those used by its new parent.
In October 2013, Safeway announced that it would close and sell its remaining Dominick's stores in the Chicago area by early 2014. The announcement spurred its competitors to seek employees and desirable store locations they could purchase. One location would remain open in Bannockburn, Illinois until January 25, 2014.
On February 19, 2014, Safeway began to explore selling itself. On March 6, 2014, longtime rival Albertsons, backed by Cerberus Capital Management announced it would purchase Safeway for $9.4 billion in a deal expected to close in the 4th quarter of the year. As part of the purchase, Blackhawk Network was spun off into an independent company.
Safeway as a supermarket brand
On January 30, 2015, the merger between Safeway and Albertsons was finalized. As part of the merger, Bellingham, Washington-headquartered grocery chain Haggen announced it would buy 146 Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions stores across Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona as part of anti-monopoly requirements following the merger. Some of the major metropolitan areas affected were Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, Bakersfield, Seattle, and Las Vegas. Other stores in the West Coast, along with the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex market, also saw divestments.
Following the purchase, Safeway and its remaining brands, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Vons, and Pavilions, along with their respective divisions, were integrated into the operations of Albertsons, and Safeway's proprietary food products were distributed in all of the Albertsons-Safeway banners, replacing Albertsons' SuperValu branded products.
Until the stores' sale to Publix in 2018, on January 11, 2016, it was announced that the three remaining Albertsons stores in Florida, located in Largo, Altamonte Springs and Oakland Park, would be re-bannered as Safeway; this marks the first time that the Safeway brand would exist on a supermarket operation in Florida.
Other Albertsons stores in various markets have rebannered as Safeway, including Denver and Seattle.
"Signature Select" is the company's signature private label that offers an everyday range of products. "Signature Reserve" is the company's private label for more upscale products. The label "Primo Taglio" is used for upscale deli products and "Lucerne" is the main dairy line for the company. In 2006, Safeway introduced an organically grown and processed line of products named "O Organics". A number of prepared dishes and soups are available under "Signature Cafe". After its acquisition by Albertsons, the combined company adopted Safeway's private label brand program, previously named "Safeway Select".
Some of the brands in use are:
- Signature Select - Main line of grocery products
- Signature Reserve - Premium alternative to products in the Signature Select line
- Value Corner - Cheaper alternative to products in the Signature Select/Lucerne line
- O Organics - Organic products
- Open Nature - 100% natural products
- Lucerne Dairy Farms - Main dairy brand, used for ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and milk
- Signature Cafe - Brand used for food sold at the deli counter, soups, and refrigerated food made by the deli and sold in the Deli Department
- Signature Farms - Produce Department brand for fresh fruits and vegetables
- Signature Care - Home and wellness products
- Primo Taglio - Deli brand for meat and cheese
- Debi Lilly Design - Floral and home décor products
- waterfrontBISTRO - Frozen seafood products
Signature Select / Refreshe Brand Cola is produced by Cotts Beverages for Safeway; it is bottled in San Bernardino, California. Safeway Refreshe brand bottled water is bottled by Advanced H2O, LLC in Stockton, California. Safeway closed its water bottling plant in downtown Los Angeles in January 2012.
Safeway grocery delivery
Safeway has offered online grocery delivery service in select markets starting in the Northwest US region in 2000. The service grew to deliver in six states and the District of Columbia, mostly along the west and east coast. Fueled by rising demand from the COVID-19 pandemic, Safeway has been rapidly expanding the number of locations offering contactless curbside pickup (marketed as "DriveUp & Go"), and continues to offer traditional prescheduled delivery services along with on-demand deliveries filled via Instacart.
In January 2021, Albertsons announced that it would be laying off union company-employed grocery delivery drivers at Safeway stores in the Northern California region, stating that they would be transferring those services to app-based delivery platforms, such as Instacart. This decision only affected employees working in the 'traditional' scheduled delivery department inside the stores, and all employees were offered other positions within the company. This announcement came several weeks after Proposition 22 was passed in California, which allowed app-based services to classify their employees as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.
Safeway has tried a range of new store formats over the years, most of which have ultimately failed.
In 1963, Safeway developed the Super S format—which combined a general merchandise and drug store and a new Safeway supermarket in the same building. The stores shared a common entrance, but operated as separate businesses with their own checkstands. The first outlet opened in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1965, 22 existing Super S stores were sold to Skaggs Drug Stores. Safeway sold the remaining stores in 1971.
In 1964, Safeway opened a trial two-level International Store at 12th and F Street in Washington, D.C., with a conventional Safeway downstairs and a gourmet store on the upper floor. The Safeway International Store range included wild boar steaks, snow hare, suckling pig, and reindeer steaks.
The company also made a number of attempts to repurpose older, smaller store sites, opening Food Barn, a discount grocery outlet, and Liquor Barn, a discount liquor outlet, in the 1970s. Safeway also trialed Town House in Washington, D.C., small stores targeting apartment dwellers, and a gourmet store concept, Bon Appetit in San Francisco and Tiburon, California.
In 1969, Safeway formed a joint venture with Holly Farms Poultry Industries (now part of Tyson Foods) to open Holly Farms Fried Chicken in an effort to diversify into fast food restaurants and compete with KFC. The first store opened in Colonial Heights, Virginia in August 1969.
Safeway also acquired Pak 'n Save Foods, a box warehouse concept, as part of the 1983 purchase of Brentwood in Northern California. As of 2021, only 3 remaining Pak 'n Save locations remain in San Leandro, Emeryville, and Madera; all of the other remaining locations were either permanently closed or remodeled into standard Safeway locations.
- The S Medallion (1946–1982): The red "S" part was slightly thinned in the late 1950s, and remained that way through 1982.
- The Ribbon Leaf (1982–2006): Safeway used this logo from 1982 to 2006. The red stylized "S" was still in the center.
- The Yin-Yang – Life logo (2006–present): The stylized "S" is still located in the center of a red "tube TV screen-style" shape, but is now white.
Safeway Medallion logo, 1946
The Ribbon Leaf logo, 1982
The Medallion logo in tile, July 2005
- "An Admonition and an Invitation to Drive the Safeway, Buy the Safeway" (original)
- "People on the Go, Go Safeway" (pre-1969)
- "Since We're Neighbors, Let's Be Friends" (1969–1979) was probably the first Safeway advertising campaign to make use of a singalong jingle. This slogan was used by the U.S. stores until July 16, 1979, when the "Everything" slogan was adopted.
- "Everything You Want from a Store and a Little Bit More" (1979 – December 1981) was the campaign launched on July 16, 1979, and was adopted, perhaps, to reflect the image of Safeway stores as "one stop shopping centers". This campaign was used through December 1981, although it was in use in the UK into the 1990s.
- "Today's Safeway: Where You Get a Little Bit More" (January 1982 – 1983) was the first Safeway ad campaign to make use of the company's new "ribbon leaf" logo.
- "America's Favorite Food Store" (1983–1986)
- "I Work an Honest Day and I Want an Honest Deal" (1985–1987) and "America's favorite food store" tagline were used with this campaign through 1986, until the buyout and divestitures, which reduced the store count and made the "America's favorite" line inaccurate; it also featured a song.
- "Nobody Does It Better" (1992 – late 1990s): This campaign is unique for being adapted from a pop song. In this case, the song was a hit for Carly Simon in 1977. Simon sang it as the theme song to 1977's James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me. The 1993 version used in the commercials was recorded by R&B Grammy Award–winning singer Patti LaBelle.
- "Giving Our Best" (2001–2005)
- "Vons Is Value" (mid-to-late 1990s) was used only for Vons stores in Southern California. This was the first Vons ad campaign since Safeway took over ownership of the chain.
- "Ours Is Bigger Than Yours" (mid-1990s), in reference to the expansion of produce departments in Northern California.
- "Delivering Our Best" (late 1990s – 2005) was used only for grocery delivery
- "Ingredients for life" (2005–2015): Was introduced during the relaunch, as part of its lifestyle "branding".
- "fresh to your door" (2012–2019): used only for grocery delivery
- "It's Just Better" (2015–present): used by both Albertsons and Safeway as a combined company.
- "Fresh Foods, Local Flavors" (2019–present): used in Albertsons/Safeway Denver Division
Safeway corporate information
Safeway ATM Network
The Safeway ATM Network, run for Safeway by Cardtronics, operates in Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming and Washington. Usually, one machine is located near the front of each store that has an ATM. Cirrus, Plus, Star, and NYCE are on the network. The network started late 1998 in Denver and expanded into Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon.
Safeway Category Optimization Process
Safeway transitioned[when?] from regional control of its product assortments to national category management, known as the Safeway Category Optimization Process (SCOP). With all dry grocery corporate buying done from Safeway's Pleasanton offices, it is said it will increase representation of manufacturers by experienced sales professionals with extensive product and category knowledge. Corporate produce buying offices are located in Phoenix, Arizona. This will mean consistency across the Safeway chain, meaning one could go into a store in Winnipeg or San Francisco and find the same products at the same price, as all negotiation is now done at the corporate level.
Animal welfare concerns
In 2012, Mercy for Animals conducted an undercover investigation at Christensen Farms, a pork supplier to Safeway, Walmart, Costco, Kroger, and Kmart. Before the public release of Mercy for Animals' investigation at Christensen Farms, Safeway announced it would begin requiring pork suppliers to phase out gestation crates.
In 2008, Greenpeace started ranking America's major supermarket chains on their seafood sustainability practices because, according to Phil Radford, Greenpeace U.S. CEO, "three quarters of global fish stocks are suffering from overfishing, and 90% of top marine predators are already gone". Criteria included the number of threatened fish species supermarkets sold, their seafood purchasing policies, and ocean legislation policies it supported. Greenpeace annual Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report ranks supermarkets on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being least sustainable with seafood policies and 10 being the most sustainable with seafood policies. Safeway ranked second best (7.1 out of 10) on the 2013 CATO Report by ensuring that its store brand of canned tuna was sustainably fished and by lobbying for science-based ocean conservation policies.
In 2016, Safeway parent company Albertsons joined a growing wave of companies moving toward "cage-free" egg production and announced a planned shift to cage-free eggs by 2025 following campaigns by The Humane League, Mercy for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, and others.
Safeway music is provided by InStore Broadcasting Network. The satellite network also beams commercials and advertisements for Safeway products and brands that play intermittently with the music.
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Safeway Bakery Cakes, Pastries, Artisan Breads and More
If you need fresh baked goods for an upcoming event or social gathering, be sure to head into your local Safeway bakery where you will find an amazing assortment of cakes, cookies, pies, artisan breads and more! The Safeway bakery will easily become your favorite stop in the store!
Safeway offers a comprehensive selection of baked goods, cakes, pies, artisan bread, pastries, muffins, donuts, and more through its in-store bakeries. While some of the items are brought in, Safeway bakes most of their bakery items fresh in-store daily.
Safeway offers a full selection of cakes in the bakery which are decorated by talented 5-star cake decorators that are truly cake artists. The Safeway cake artists use freehand decorating skills as well as decoration kits and tools to prepare a variety of high-quality baked items.
The gorgeous bakery cakes truly set Safeway apart from other grocers in terms of design options that are available for pickup any day of the week.
You can customize any cake in a single-layer round cake, stacked round or rectangular sheet cake in a variety of sizes. Bring in a photo from Pinterest or online of your vision for a cake and the Safeway cake artists can work with you to bring your vision to life.
After deciding on a party theme, if you want a unicorn cake, a licensed cake (i.e. Disney, dinosaurs, Trolls, etc.), or a hedgehog cake, Safeway can make it happen.
You can order many bakery items online for pick up in-store from Safeway’s Order Ahead site.
Photo sheet cakes are available at most Safeway bakery locations. If you want a special customized cake with a photo of a birthday celebrant, a graduate, or for any celebration, simply bring the photo into your local bakery and the cake artist will work with you to customize your cake.
Safeway Custom Cake Flavors
Safeway’s bakery cakes are available to be customized in five delicious cake flavors plus 13 filling options. You can also select from two icing/frosting flavors to top your cake. Choose either vanilla whipped icing or buttercream frosting.
- Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Cake
- Marble Cake
- White Cake
- Red Velvet
Cake Filling Options
- White Buttercream
- Caramel Whipped Icing
Safeway cake pricing varies based on the size, design, and intricacy of the custom cake. Cakes start at $9.99. You can also get a free custom smash cake for your baby’s first birthday at Safeway.
The Safeway cake order form and cake catalog are not available online, however, you can call your local Safeway bakery to place an order over the phone. If you are requesting a custom cake, it’s best to stop into your local store and bring a photo to the cake artist so you can fill out an order form in person.
The cake artist will draw a rendering of your vision on the order form, or use your photo as the inspiration for the cake design.
Be prepared to select the cake size, flavor, filling, and icing options while placing your order.
Safeway Bakery Entertaining Options
Safeway offers a huge selection of pies, pastries, read-made cakes, ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and cream-based cakes like Boston Creams and a nice selection of cheesecakes in the bakery.
One entertaining item that is unique to Safeway and a popular seller is the fresh-baked Artisan Fresh Fruit Tart. Perfect for entertaining guests year-round the 9-inch fruit tart has layers of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and kiwi fruit over a delicious cream filling on a sugared puff pastry crust.
Safeway also carries individual fruit tarts if you are buying just for one. You’ll find these in the refrigerated cases in the bakery department.
Safeway Bakery Baked Goods
Also unique to and perfect for entertaining for a brunch, or any celebration is Safeway’s large selection of artisan bread, cream-based cakes, cheesecakes, pies, and pudding rings, and pastries.
Artisan Bread – Choose from traditional French bread loaves, sourdough bread, baguettes, or the Signature SELECT Italian Breads (Como Italian, Kalamata Olive, Asiago Cheese, Artisan Pugliese, Artisan Renaissance Grain, or Rosemary Olive Oil Bread). Safeway also has a nice selection of take and bake bread that you can bake at home.
Bagels – Choose from Asiago Cheese, Everything Bagels, Blueberry, Plain, Toasted Sesame, Onion Bagels, Cheddar Cheese, Energy Bar, Poppy Seed, 7-Seed, Pretzel Bagels, and Multigrain. The bagels are baked fresh in-store daily and are sold individually as well as in a 6-pack.
Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Twirls – choose from traditional cinnamon rolls, or cream cheese iced cinnamon rolls in single-serve, 4-ct, 8 ct, or 10 count packages.
Coffee Cakes and Fruit Bread – Choose from raspberry, cream cheese, or bear claw coffee cakes with a glaze, or an assortment of bread loaves like lemon bread, pumpkin bread, blueberry bread and more.
Cookies – Safeway has a huge selection of cookies that are baked fresh in-store daily. Choose from chocolate chip, chocolate chunk, sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin, cranberry oatmeal, peanut butter, and more.
Croissants – Safeway has fresh-baked croissants that are available in 4 ct, 8 ct. or 12 ct. Perfect for making sandwiches,
Cupcakes – chocolate or vanilla flavored cupcakes are available with a variety of decorations and frosting options.
Donuts – choose from traditional glazed donuts, cake donuts, or apple fritters. The donuts are baked fresh daily in the Safeway bakery.
Muffins – choose from blueberry, chocolate chip, double chocolate, bran, banana nut, peach, pistachio, almond, and pumpkin muffins.
Pudding rings are available in raspberry, lemon, blueberry, cream cheese, apple, pumpkin, cherry, and chocolate chip.
Pies – available in both 8-inch and 11-inch options – choose from pumpkin, pecan, apple, cherry, apple crumb, cherry crumb, caramel apple crumb, banana cream pie, key lime pie, coconut cream pie, and blueberry. Additional seasonal flavors may also be available.
Rolls – Freshly baked rolls are available in a variety of options including sandwich rolls, kaiser rolls, pretzel buns, hoagie rolls, sourdough rolls, bolillo rolls, potato rolls, and whole wheat rolls.
Turnovers – fresh-baked cherry or apple turnovers are perfect for a weekend brunch.
If you want just a slice of cake or pie, rather than the whole cake, Safeway’s got your back – choose from a wide selection of individually packaged cake slices, pie slices, or single-serve fruit tarts available in the bakery daily.
Safeway Gluten-Free Baked Goods
If you can’t tolerate gluten- Safeway has a nice selection of gluten-free layer cakes, including a chocolate cake and a raspberry shortbread layer cake.
Additionally, Safeway also offers gluten-free baked goods like muffins, bread, and cookies that are brought in from gluten-free bakeries.
Safeway Holiday Baked Goods
In addition to seasonally decorated ready to buy cakes, Safeway offers gorgeous yule log cakes in the bakery for the holidays. Choose from 3 preset designs or request a custom design in-store.
Safeway Bakery Hours
The Safeway bakery is open the same hours as Safeway stores which is 5 am to 11 pm, however, the bakery department is staffed from 5 am to 8 pm.
Be sure to check out additional posts related to the Safeway Bakery here:
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DIY Halloween Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Kits
Holiday Yule Log Cakes From Safeway Bakery
$5 Donut Friday
Check out a few of the AMAZING decorated cakes I recently photographed from the Safeway bakery at the Broadway and Mineral store in Littleton, Colorado. Hopefully, this will provide inspiration for your next celebration where you may need a cake.
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