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#81 sdwright.vic

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:34 PM

Today was the last day for Safeway... so my question. Sobey's had to sell and the stores being sold could not be closed. BUT, no one said that the store buying couldn't buy then close some of their existing stores.

We have the Save On in Vic West, the one behind Uptown, and soon the one at Tillicum. Thats a lot of Save Ons real close together. Didn't they have to downsize the one behind Uptown at one time because it wasn't busy enough fo its size?

So will one close? If so, which?
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:38 PM

I doubt it.  I'm sure the soon to be converted Safeway stores were busy enough that Save On won't shut them. 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:50 PM

All I know is that my wife's Air Miles acquisition rate has decreased. 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 06:09 PM

I doubt it.  I'm sure the soon to be converted Safeway stores were busy enough that Save On won't shut them.



I said Save On close existing stores... not the new ones they just bought.
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Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

Sorry, I read it the wrong way. 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:38 PM

I still doubt it. 


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 07:39 PM

That would be 5 Save-Ons across the City. There are like 7 Thiftys around town.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:47 PM

The Blanshard store has been quiet the few times I have been

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:11 PM

The Blanshard store has been quiet the few times I have been

Concur at least on the very few occasions I have ventured into that location, which contrasts sharply to Vic West which is always busy no matter when you go.



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Posted 25 March 2014 - 09:47 PM

The Blanshard store has been quiet the few times I have been

 

It's been there 20+ years, hasn't it? 

 

Maybe people are put off by the access for some reason.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 05:29 AM

That would be 5 Save-Ons across the City. There are like 7 Thiftys around town.


Yes but Thrifty's grew to seven store being home grow. Also by being more spread out and taking advantagecof areas that where underserved or not served at all.
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 05:31 AM

The Blanshard store has been quiet the few times I have been


Thats my point, that store is always quite, with a bigger shiner store opening just around the courner....
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 06:37 AM

I personally love the Blanshard store and it does get busy there.

Where exactly is "around the corner"?

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:18 AM

Tillicum is literally down the highway from Uptown, but then again there are three Thrifty's in close proximity and they do alright (Quadra Cloverdale, Quadra McKenzie, and Hillside).

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:34 AM

Tillicum is literally down the highway from Uptown, but then again there are three Thrifty's in close proximity and they do alright (Quadra Cloverdale, Quadra McKenzie, and Hillside).

 

And the Thrifty's at Admirals Walk.   Then you have all the Fairways stores.



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:46 AM

SD do you think Victorians are going to suddenly buy less groceries?



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Posted 26 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

All I know is that my wife's Air Miles acquisition rate has decreased.


Sobeys holds the Air Miles rights for grocery stores (or whatever you want to call those rights) now everywhere except Ontario, so maybe they'll expand that out here to Thrifty Foods as well?

Not saying it's likely, just possible.
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:15 AM

SD do you think Victorians are going to suddenly buy less groceries?


No I jydt thinkk the Blanshard store was always under used, and with a cvhoucce between the two Tillicum will win, turning the Blanshard store into a ghost town.
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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:40 AM

I guess it depends on how you look at it. Tillicum is quite a haul further from my house and then you have to contend with a lot of traffic. I suspect that with all the people moving into the area the Saanich Plaza location will only get busier. It has a lot more selection than the Westside Village location and their Deli is perhaps one of the best grocery deli's in the city as far as selection and price. 


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 08:48 AM

In a lot of circumstances people will sacrifice shopping around for convenience.

 

I also feel like a lot of people don't travel far for their groceries. Take my in laws, who live in Oak Bay. Aside from going to Costco every couple of months they only go to the Safeway on Foul Bay, or maybe the Thrifty's at Hillside if they are feeling reallllly adventurous. 

 

The 3km distance between Tillicum and Saanich Plaza is likely a significant distance for a lot of people in many circumstances. I guess we'll see but I will be very surprised if Save on Foods starts closing locations at this point. I don't see why the grocery market here would suddenly contract.



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