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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Giant Food and Safeway, the Baltimore region's two largest supermarket chains, are recruiting temporary workers as contract negotiations continue with the union that represents 23,000 employees. The current agreement expires March 31. The companies said hiring additional staffing was standard during contract talks. Safeway said in a newspaper advertisement that it was seeking applications for temporary workers "due to a possible labor dispute. " "In the event of a work stoppage, we'll be able to keep our stores up and running and serve our customers," Giant spokesman Jamie Miller said Tuesday, noting that both grocers sought temporary workers during the last contract talks, in 2008.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The idea for the business came to Greg Vetter shortly after a friend swiped a two-liter bottle of his mom's homemade lemon-garlic salad dressing from his refrigerator. Inspired by the lengths someone would go to for a dressing by "Tessemae," his mom's nickname, Vetter challenged her: If he got Whole Foods to sell the dressing, she would go into business with him. "She said, 'That's never going to happen,'" he recalled. Five years later Vetter, 31, is CEO of an Essex-based company - Tessemae's - that makes the top-selling dressing in the produce department at Whole Foods.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
The union that represents 23,000 Giant Food and Safeway workers reached a tentative contract agreement with management late Wednesday, just days shy of Friday's deadline. The details of the new contract were not released Thursday. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400 in Landover and Local 27 in Baltimore had been negotiating for a new deal since January. Union leaders reported little progress in talks in recent days, but a tentative deal was reached around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
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By Heather Somerville, San Jose Mercury News | March 6, 2014
The days of the conventional supermarket are numbered. Safeway Inc.'s announcement Thursday that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management would acquire the company in a deal valued at about $9.4 billion is the latest sign from the troubled grocery industry that supermarkets have fallen out of style. The deal combines Safeway with Cerberus' Albertsons chain, creating a dominant grocery franchise on the West Coast. It also creates a grocery network of more than 2,400 stores and 250,000 employees. Safeway has more than 20 stores in the Baltimore area.
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By Cindy Harper-Evans | February 15, 1991
Safeway Inc. launched a "Safeway Savings Club" card this week at its 12 supermarkets in the Baltimore area. When used at the checkout lanes, the card electronically gives customers discounts of 10 percent to 20 percent on an ever-changing group of store specials.Safeway is touting the buyer service as a way to avoid time-consuming coupon-clipping, but the card also helps the state's second-largest supermarket chain identify an individual's shopping patterns for future manufacturer promotions.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | June 14, 2006
The Safeway sign in the Kings Contrivance village center has been torn down and the 40,733-square-foot structure will soon meet the same fate, paving the way for a new supermarket chain scheduled to open as soon as July next year. The Safeway closed its doors June 3 to make way for a Harris Teeter supermarket. In January, Kimco Realty Corp., a New Hyde Park, N.Y., company that owns the village center, announced that the North Carolina-based supermarket was coming. Harris Teeter is viewed by retail experts as an upscale supermarket chain, with 149 stores across the nation.
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March 31, 1998
Safeway Inc. has brought its popular coupon booklet into the electronic age.Rather than clipping coupons from a booklet that's sent to area households, consumers can save on selected items with the swipe of a card.This week, the grocery chain is replacing the booklet with a new Safeway Club Card, offering savings of up to 50 percent on advertised items, said Greg TenEyck, spokesman for the chain's eastern division.The new marketing initiative to make coupons more convenient comes at a time when supermarket chains are locked in a heated battle over customer loyalty.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Workers for Giant Food and Safeway in parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington voted Wednesday to authorize a strike against the supermarket chains, saying management has refused to offer a fair labor contract. Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 voted overwhelmingly for the measure, which does not mean that a strike will occur but was meant to send a signal to the companies, the union said. Local 400 and Local 27, which represent Baltimore-area Giant and Safeway workers, have been in joint negotiations with both supermarket chains since early September.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Workers for Giant Food and Safeway stores in the Baltimore-Washington region voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify a three-year labor contract that preserves health benefits and raises wages over three years. Leaders with the United Food and Commercial Workers characterized the contract as one of the best in the grocery business at a time when companies are scaling back benefits and offering one-time bonuses instead of wage increases. Giant and Safeway, the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chains, said the agreement will enable them to stay competitive in the changing retail landscape.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
Union workers at Safeway and Giant Food in the Baltimore and Washington regions overwhelmingly approved a new contract Tuesday that increases wages and maintains key benefits. "It's a good day to be a member," said Tim Goins, executive vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 27 in Baltimore, which represents 8,500 Giant and Safeway cashiers, meat cutters and produce and deli workers in Central Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. Local 27 members and Washington area workers with Local 400 in Landover voted in separate meetings.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Workers for Giant Food and Safeway stores in the Baltimore-Washington region voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify a three-year labor contract that preserves health benefits and raises wages over three years. Leaders with the United Food and Commercial Workers characterized the contract as one of the best in the grocery business at a time when companies are scaling back benefits and offering one-time bonuses instead of wage increases. Giant and Safeway, the Baltimore area's biggest supermarket chains, said the agreement will enable them to stay competitive in the changing retail landscape.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Union leaders representing 28,000 Giant Food and Safeway workers reached a tentative agreement with both supermarket chains on a new labor contract, which will be presented to members Dec. 17 for a vote. A collective bargaining agreement for Local 400 and Local 27 of the United Food & Commercial Workers would take effect immediately if approved, union leaders said. The impact of health reform on workers' health coverage had been the biggest sticking point in negotiations, union leaders have said.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler joined union workers picketing a Bowie Safeway Tuesday to pressure the grocery giant to concede on the health benefits that are tying up contract negotiations. "This all about awareness," Gansler, who is running for governor, said during a break in convincing shoppers to sign a petition.  Gansler accused Safeway and Giant, which negotiate with the same union, of trying to use provisions of the new federal health law "to take away" health coverage.  "Companies are using the Affordable Care Act to undermine health care," Gansler said.  The United Food and Commerical Workers Local 400, which represents unionized grocery workers Maryland's D.C. suburbs, Washington and northern Virginia, has objected to how Safeway and Giant have dealt with escalating health care costs and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on employers.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Giant Food and Safeway workers, who are negotiating with management over a labor contract that expires Dec. 20, plan to picket Thursday outside a new Giant store in northwest Washington. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, one of two UFCW locals representing 28,000 Giant and Safeway workers in the Baltimore-Washington area, organized the "informational picket" planned for the grand opening of Giant at 8th and O streets N.W. Local 400 voted last week to authorize union leadership to call a strike against the supermarket chains if the sides fail to reach an agreement before the contract expires.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Workers for Giant Food and Safeway in parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington voted Wednesday to authorize a strike against the supermarket chains, saying management has refused to offer a fair labor contract. Members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 voted overwhelmingly for the measure, which does not mean that a strike will occur but was meant to send a signal to the companies, the union said. Local 400 and Local 27, which represent Baltimore-area Giant and Safeway workers, have been in joint negotiations with both supermarket chains since early September.
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October 16, 2013
I am no economist but I fail to see why the bottle tax has been so disastrous to Santoni's Supermarket in Highlandtown while apparently sparing other city markets ( "Santoni's closing Highlandtown store," Oct. 13). (Make no mistake: My mobile friends loved Santoni's. Being on the less mobile side, I walk to Fresh and Green's when I need produce.) I have to ask if it could it possibly be that Santoni's has been charging more than its competitors for sodas and other items, leaving Mrs. Raven and Miss Oriole to load up on Santoni's hand-butchered meat and great pies and then, on the way home, swing by Safeway to fill up the car trunk with 7Up, Pepsi and the like - all on sale or cheaper, tax or no tax. And, yes, I am cynical, but did Santoni's lose money by giving transportation to low-income residents of city "food deserts" who wanted to peruse his expensive soda stocks?
BUSINESS
March 7, 1991
It's fast becoming another sign of spring as local school officials sort and bundle the last of the supermarket check-out receipts that can be redeemed for computers and computer equipment.The equipment giveaway programs, both in their second year, are sponsored by Giant Food and Safeway Inc. They are offering Apple and IBM computers to area schools that collect enough receipts to qualify.Giant has set March 16 as the last day schools can turn in their pink receipts and qualify in the chain's Apples for Students program.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,Evening Sun Staff | November 20, 1991
Safeway Inc. is trying a new strategy in its ongoing price war with Giant Food, the first-place supermarket chain in the Baltimore-Washington region, this time by replacing double coupons with lower prices on thousands of items.It was only last August that Safeway, which had long doubled the face value of manufacturers' coupons in the Baltimore area, began doing so in the Washington market. The move coincided with Giant's decision to double coupons in Washington, followed by a salvo of drastic price reductions on Giant health and beauty-aid products.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Yesterday's mail brought a safety razor, a gift from those nice people at Gillette. I tried it out this morning, it is superior to my old one, and I will probably pay the extortionate price for replacement blades. But why, I wondered, were those nice people at Gillette thinking of me? Then the penny dropped. I had used a shopper's card at Safeway or Giant to get discounts when I bought shaving cream, and the grocer had given, or more likely sold, my name to Gillette as a potential customer for expensive replacement blades.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | July 17, 2013
Nineteen months after celebrating the opening of the Family Market in the Long Reach Village Center, the community again finds itself without a grocery store. The Family Market, which combined internationally themed items and basic necessities, has been evicted from the village center by its landlord, Safeway, according to Safeway spokesman Craig Muckle. According to Muckle, Safeway, which vacated the space in 2011, had been subletting to the Family Market since December 2012.
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