Weeks after acquiring Sonora, California-based G&G Supermarkets, Safeway has announced another buy in the Golden State: East Bay grocery chain Andronico’s Community Markets
“Andronico’s Community Markets have developed a well-respected brand and loyal customer base, and we are committed to keeping the local heritage alive,” said Tom Schwilke, President of Safeway Northern California, according to news source East Bay Times. “Our goal is to preserve everything great about Andronico’s while adding Safeway’s innovations and great Own Brands products including O Organics.”
While Safeway has entered into an agreement to purchase all five stores belonging to the banner, Andronico’s report that those working there will continue to do so with the same union pay rates and benefits.
“We’re proud that Safeway has chosen our stores and our TeamMates to join their dynamic company,” said Suzy Monford, CEO of Andronico’s Community Markets, in a statement. “We’re synergistic retailers who share a commitment to best quality, local, and artisanal foods, as well as in supporting union jobs within our communities.”
At almost 90 years old, the chain has stores in Berkeley, Los Altos, San Anselmo, and San Francisco.
What will be the next move for Safeway as it further pursues growth? Deli Market News will continue to report as more becomes known.