Westside grocer battle brewing: In ni...

Westside grocer battle brewing: In nine months, rebuilt Safeway and New Leaf markets will square ...

There are 48 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Oct 23, 2008, titled Westside grocer battle brewing: In nine months, rebuilt Safeway and New Leaf markets will square .... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Heavy equipment operators clear a pad for the new Safeway store behind the present one at the corner of Mission Street and Almar Avenue Attention Westside shoppers: Groceries want to beat a path to your heart, ...

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Since: Sep 08

Aptos, CA

#1 Oct 23, 2008
My bet is on Safeway to survive! It'll be interesting to see what they'll turn the empty New Leaf Market building into in about 3 years. New Leaf get a clue-hire staff that is FRIENDLY and HELPFUL, get rid of the sour faced girls and petulant boys and lower your prices! You have to be in the $$$ to shop at your store. Safeway staff is GREAT and you could learn a few things from them. Safeway is also AFFORDABLE to the family and low income people.
Dill weed the 2nd


#2 Oct 23, 2008
Just what we need a huge store !
Gee wiz it only took 10 years to get started ..thats fast ! I'll be dead by the time they fix up the downtown from the earth quake .

Oakland, CA

#3 Oct 23, 2008
"New Thief" markets. Employee service is inconsistent, prices are high, clientelle is insufferable.
SC old timer

San Francisco, CA

#4 Oct 23, 2008
In the old days it would be about the product- availability, prices, and people,(customer service,) not politics, spending $7.00 for a jar of jam, and feeling hip. My favorite thing is when people buy "health food store diapers." They do not hold anything and so more resources are used up on extra laundry and they still take tens of thousands of years to decompose. But at least the customers feel more cool, more PC.

If either of these companies were really thinking they would offer both their existing products plus the products offered by the other store. More people would shop at New Leaf if they also had normal products at cheap prices like Safeway does. When you fall on hard times the Safeway two for one stuff can get you through.
Are you sure

Danville, CA

#5 Oct 23, 2008
New Leaf is no longer locally-owned as far as I know. It was bought by a Canadian company last year. Isn't that true?
Down N Out

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Oct 23, 2008
Will either of these new establishments carry Camo "Black Ice" malt liqour? I'm tired of having to go out of the county every timne I need my 10% ABV 40 ounce fix. Really, can we get some new choices here?
Kat Pittle

Brisbane, CA

#7 Oct 23, 2008
Hmmm! I am SC local and um, uh know there are some good reasons why this Safeway should be um, uh banned. Traffic, yeah, traffic, there is just too much already um, uh from those UCSC tranny slugs, yeah, that's it. Oh, and um, what about all the small shop owners um like the Hookah Lounge and Westside Cafe, yeah, what about them. Safeway will um probably put them out of business, yeah you know, those big corporations. Oh, and what about the environmental stuff. Has anybody considered the run off from the um, uh additional paved um, areas. Yeah, that water has to go some where and our Bay is like um, uh already dying. Safeway is helping to kill um, uh Salmon. Yeah, like that is why local fisherman cannot even um, make a living anymore. Yeah, and um, uh how about jobs. The new Safeway should at least have to pay wages equivalent to um, uh, maybe like NFL player type wages. I mean this town is so expensive because the trannys and um rich valleys have driven up prices. How can a local um even afford to live hear, yeah, that is it. I think that Safeway should at least, um, have to give all its profits to um the Pat Rebele Shelter or something maybe even have to um, uh build some sort of subsidized structure near by where I can um get my Medical Buds and um, not have to go all the way to um, uh Harvey West. Yeah that' it. I have to ride my bike to Harvey West right now, um, to get my prescription fillled. It is a dangeous ride, yeah, really dangerous with the traffic and all.........

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Oct 23, 2008
From what I recall, New Leaf sold off a couple of their stores to the Canadian company, not all of them.

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Oct 23, 2008
New Leaf's prices ARE high, but their specials are really good. I have found employee service to be very good, and I've shopped at NL since they first opened. So I guess I must be part of that "unsufferable clientele."

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Oct 23, 2008
Cannot wait for the new Safeway! Living on the westside for 22 years and dealing with the parking there has always been a nightmare!

Since: Aug 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Oct 23, 2008
I have shopped at both Safeway and New Leaf for decades and found all the employees to be super friendly and helpful, and the products good, so I say more power to them and am very glad to have them just a few blocks from my house.

Since: Jun 08

Pacifica, CA

#12 Oct 23, 2008
I hate the westside safeway, its always thrashed, shelves are never stocked, and you have to battle rude slugs throughout the store. Parking is a nightmare and the good sale items are always gone within hours. The staff used to be nice before they were run down by whining complaining students everyday. New leaf stinks and is overpriced. I once found a bug crawling on the lettuce on my sandwich from the deli, proving they dont wash their vegatables before selling them, I mean come on thats just disgusting.

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Oct 23, 2008
I shop at both, I stopped going to the Westside store because of the UC crowds and horrible parking, I go to the 41st ave store now. New Leaf is good for somethings too, good meat, and veggies but yeah some of their eco conscious crap is just stupid and overpriced.

hopefully this parking lot and road expansion helps traffic because Mission street sucks

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Oct 23, 2008
Competition is good for all of us...

San Jose, CA

#15 Oct 23, 2008
New Leaf is terrible and I NEVER shop there, but then again I NEVER go to the WESTSIDE....can't stand it over there.

Looking forward to Whole Foods actually.

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Oct 23, 2008
Isn't it great to have choice ?

Why are the same people that support the New Leafs, Safeways, and Whole Foods of this world denying our kids and their parents from having the same choices when it comes to something equally important. Education !

Choice is Freedom !

Soquel, CA

#17 Oct 23, 2008
I've shopped at New leaf for years (also Food Bin). Prices are sometimes a bit high and selection is not always as broad as I'd like, but I've found the quality to be higher than Safeway and the shopping experience better.

As I understand it, the New leaf sale to a Canadian company fell through (turned out the Canadian company didn't have the money after all), so it is still locally owned.

Things New leaf could improve on:
bike parking---it used to be great, but they've reduced to a quarter what they used to have.
better wines---the wine selection at New Leaf always seems to be over-priced and low quality. I've had much better value for money at Shopper's Corner and even Trader Joe's.

Things Safeway could improve on:
bike parking---they've never had decent bike parking.
lighting---the lighting in Safeway gives me a headache.
keeping the sidewalk open so pedestrians can pass the store.
quality. Safeway keeps their prices down, but their produce is generally poor compared to other stores,
A Health Enthusiast

Aromas, CA

#18 Oct 23, 2008
New Leaf is still locally owned and operated. The sale never went through.

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Oct 23, 2008
Brigid wrote:
From what I recall, New Leaf sold off a couple of their stores to the Canadian company, not all of them.
I think the Sentinel reported that the whole Canadian deal fell through.

Santa Cruz, CA

#20 Oct 23, 2008
If only the Felton Safeway felt the heat! Even though I have sent in complaints several times that the shelves are a mess and not restocked adequately, they have not improved at all. They did a cosmetic overhaul but didn't get to the root of the problem at that store -- poor management, in my opinion. Too often, that store's customers end up having to go to another store to get a basic necessity.

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