Safeway has new things happening
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#1 Nov 2, 2010
Well, he doesn't live here and yet again, just one more way they are making it harder for the small businesses that locals run. Would it really be so awful and/or hard to work with the existing gas stations to offer the 'Safeway' discount without competing once more with OUR businesses?
#2 Nov 2, 2010
I WANTED TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL STATIONS TOO, UNTIL THEY MANAGED TO FIND ROOM IN THEIR PROFIT MARGINS TO LOWER THE PRICES BY 35 TO 45 CENTS PER GALLON THIS LAST WEEK.
WOULD THESE PRICES BE LOWER IF SAFEWAY WASN'T OPENING?
WITH SEVERAL OTHER STATIONS IN TOWN TO 'COMPETE' WITH EACH OTHER, YOU KNOW NOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN COLLUSION TO KEEP THE PRICES HIGH.
HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL STATIONS AND PAYING THESE JACKED UP PRICES?
#3 Nov 3, 2010
The more important thing is - How much are Slurpees, and who is colluding to keep prices high on this delicious ice-cold beverage? We need Safeway to bring in a mobile Slurpee van. I generally ride by bike or hitchhike to the valley three or four times a day to get my Slurpee fill, and then recycle my urine at night when it is too dark to catch a ride to get my Slurpee fix.
#4 Nov 3, 2010
It will be interesting to see how competitive Safeway's gas prices will be. Further will this give the other stations and especially the many of the local businesses the incentive to lower their prices to bring in customer loyalty.
#5 Nov 3, 2010
Well Jared, maybe it's been working for YOU, but not for us the customer. Personally I'm tired of being told what I SHOULD buy and would like to be asked what I WANT to buy. Your practice of only carrying the brands which give you the biggest margins leaves us out of the picture. I'd like Del Monte pickles, but I can't have them. I'd like Orowheat Honey Wheat Berry bread (the old original), but I can't have it. I'd like Real Lemon lemon juice instead of the nasty Safeway brand, but I can't have it.
Of course I just shop for the things you won't let me have elsewhere, and take every opportunity to oppose you and your strategies while talking to my local friends.
Maybe the gas prices will be as good as Valley prices, but we'll just have to wait and see.
#6 Nov 3, 2010
It's about time. I refuse to buy gas in Estes Park. I will drive to the valley on fumes to make my point. 50 cents more than the next gas station 20 minutes away? Come on. If you want to take advantage of tourists by charging such outrageous prices, go ahead. But don't take advantage of the locals in the off season. Competition is good. If the mom and pops can't compete, that's the reality of the marketplace. They weren't getting my business anyway because their prices were absolutely ridiculous. I hope Safeway doesn't get into the local mentality and charge the same ridiculous rates. We are counting on them.
#7 Nov 3, 2010
$1.50. The mom and pops overcharge at least $1.50 or $2.50. I usually coast down to the valley using a sail and loud prayer just to prove my point, where they are giving gasoline away in 5 gallon buckets FREE. Gas is a loss leader for them down there, it entices people in to buy marijuana.
Let's see - Driving 20 miles, using 2 gallons of gas there and back, or spending $5 to save 50 cents a gallon? Plus you've lost at least an hour of your time. Did you graduate from middle school?
#8 Nov 4, 2010
I heard Safeway is going to implement a 10 cent "road tax" to help pay for the deteriorating thoroughfares and at the same time increase their prices above the Mom and Pop stores, thus driving themselves out of business
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