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Sep 18, 2011 02:02 PM

Probable grocery store strike?

What will you do if the stores go on strike? I can shop at Food4Less (altho' not my favorite store), plus go more to Sprout's/Henry's or Jimbos. Anyone have any inside info on what's expected? Shocked that Ralph's says they'll close their stores and Albertson's will close some.

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  1. Looks like! No doubt Ralph's will close -- last time they were caught defrauding the federal government by re-hiring striking workers under false names and using fraudulent Social Security #s.

    Last grocery strike I used Trader Joe's, Gelson's, Costco and Whole Foods who either have separate employee agreements or sign sweetheart deals (which is to say they agree in advance to the contract ultimately agreed to by the striking employees and hard*ss chains). I got by fine and never went back to the chains that treat their employees -- whose service they depend on -- so badly.

    1. Scuttlebutt is that the strike is being instigated by some guy who goes by the moniker "Trader Joe". He was doing very well before the last strike, but during that strike he garnered vaster riches and an even greater cult following.

      1. I'll do exactly what I did last time, and exactly what I do every week...hit up the farmers markets, Iowa Meat Farms, and the indies - Windmill Farms and Keils.

        It's not that hard to replace the chain grocery stores

        Iowa Meat Farms
        6041 Mission Gorge Rd, San Diego, CA 92120

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          It depends on where one lives as to how easy it is to replace the chains. Not all people are so lucky to have both a Windmill Farms and a Keils in their neighborhood. :)

          I'm sort of confused about what this all means, myself. Ralph's and Food4Less are owned by the same entity, but if you go to Food4Less during the strike (as they will not be affected), are you "dissing the union" by association? Same for Bristol Farms and Albertson's. Seems that one can do a lot of shopping at the local Targets these days, too - how does people going to them (instead of the traditional stores), then not switching back, help the unions *or* those stores?


          1. re: RB Hound

            The point isn't so much Windmill Farms or Keil's as it is the fact that independent grocery stores are an option, as are Sprouts, Henry's and Trader Joes.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              I often find myself very underwhelmed with the quality of produce in Henry's/Sprouts/Trader Joe's, and I am pretty pedestrian about it. I'm very odd that way - there are a lot of items that are best at Whole Foods, some items I like best at Bristol Farms, and the rest I get wherever. There are seldom items at Henry's/Sprouts/TJs that I think even are equivalent of what is in Ralph's/Von's.

              I pick up a lot of things at the UTC Farmer's Market on Thursday (am I ever glad that they added that), but you still need to fill the gap.

              1. re: RB Hound

                Wow, then you must have some really bad TJs/Henry's and Sprouts near you. Bummer. There's always a farmers market for produce needs.

        2. The only thing I ever buy at Albertson's, Ralphs or Vons is cereal (and only when it's on sale). Life goes on.

          1. Will hardly miss them, I generally only go to these places if I'm needing something quickly, hopefully on the 1st page of their flyer so I know I'm only getting mildly ripped off.