I HATE the Safeway on Bancroft in San Leandro


I hate, hate, hate, the Safeway on Bancroft Ave. in San Leandro. Everyday I walk by it when I go pick up my daughter in daycare – so it’s very convenient to stop there and buy the ingredients for dinner. But they NEVER have everything I need – and sometimes *anything* I need.
Today, for example, I was shopping for a leek tart I’m making tonight – but they had no chives. I was also shopping for a chicken dish I’m making on Wednesday – but they had no cut-up chicken (they had whole chickens, but the cut-up chickens were supposedly on sale). I don’t get it – why do they advertise products at a sale price, if they don’t carry them? And it’s not just that – try getting boneless chicken thighs, or lemongrass or even a cognac at an affordable price (all things I recently needed for cooking).
Part of me wishes the store would go out of business so I’d be forced to go to the other one, rather than be permanently frustrated by their lack of products.


5 Comments on “I HATE the Safeway on Bancroft in San Leandro”

  1. Kathy says:

    You should start a campaign to get a different store to open where the Albertson’s use to be. Maybe a Smart & Final?

  2. foodhoe says:

    but that Safeway is so much more civilized than the new and improved one… Even the shoppers are nicer.

  3. foodie says:

    We could use a Trader Joe’s in San Leandro for sure. They pack so much goodness into a small store. We’re also disappointed by the stock and long lines at the Safeway on Bancroft

  4. Robert says:

    Well…. there is not going to be another Albertsons or for that matter a Trader Joes. Trader Joes already looked at San Leandro in the old 14th Street spot. They determined based on surveys there were not enough “college graduates” in the general area. In other words, we are too “stupid” for Trader Joes…………
    I’ll keep our wonderful Safeway’s with kind customers over the pretentious stores.
    If you want lemongrass, stop complaining, grow up and shop somewhere else…..

  5. Johanne Dictor says:

    Regarding the Bancroft Store/Safeway. Tell the manager what you want in the way of food items. They are receptive to your suggestions. I know exactly what you are saying about the lack of variety at this safeway because I also go in there looking for different produce items. I was looking for potatoes (yukon) which they did not have. I spoke with the manager and he said they would try and get more of a variety. I also have mentioned the breads. they should have semi-freddi’s there as well. There is no reason why that safeway cannot be better. please give the manager your feedback. also, in reference to Trader’s Joes. It may come to san leandro eventually – remember they tried a few times to come here but our dear city did not work with them. so, be patient and maybe when the Kaiser comes to town you will see a Trader’s Joes.
    Let’s hope our grocery shopping will improve in San Leandro. Personally, the grocery outlet does not cut it for me.

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