shame on albertsons

BLOCKING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD

Shame on Safway

Did you know that when Albertsons*/Safeway decides to leave a neighborhood, they sometimes block other grocery stores from opening up in their former locations?

This means that when they are selling or leasing out their former property, they include a restriction stating that no other grocery store can move in. Some of these restrictions have been for as long as 20+ years!

As part of Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) work on the lack of access to healthy foods in Vallejo, CA, we found that Safeway (a banner company under Albertsons) had moved from a downtown location and relocated to a suburban area and placed a restrictive deed on their former property that prevented another grocery store from moving in for 15 years!

This injustice is not limited to California; Albertsons and their banner companies have done this in many other locations throughout the U.S., including Bellingham, WA, where they currently have a series of non-compete clauses that prohibit a new grocer from moving into not just Albertsons’ former space, but anywhere in the whole Park Manor shopping center where it used to be located. These restrictions are in place for 20 years—that’s an entire generation of people not having access!

The lack of access to healthy foods is a complex issue, and grocery stores are clearly not the only problem, but corporations intentionally impacting the health of primarily Black and Brown communities and senior citizens must stop doing so.

We are asking you to join us in an effort to get Albertsons to change this unjust practice and cease this policy immediately.

Learn more about the Shame on Albertsons / Shame on Safeway campaign in our blog: https://foodispower.org/shame-on-safeway-afj/

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NEWS

Times Herald

Deed restriction tactic used by Safeway, others, picketed in Vallejo.

Civil Eats

How Leaving Stores Closed for Years Helps Grocery Chains and Hurts Communities.

Market Place

The unexpected challenges of living in a food desert.

Fast Company

How Closing Grocery Stores Perpetuate Food Deserts Long After They’re Gone.


Times Herald


Civil Eats


Market Place


Fast Company

Deed restriction tactic used by Safeway, others, picketed in Vallejo.

How Leaving Stores Closed for Years Helps Grocery Chains and Hurts Communities.

The unexpected challenges of living in a food desert.

How Closing Grocery Stores Perpetuate Food Deserts Long After They’re Gone.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
 
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”
 

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: info@foodispower.org and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)foodispower.org.

 
 

Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

 
 
Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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