The story “Haggen food stores to lay off workers” (July 18) is yet another example of a bloated government agency, such as the Federal Trade Commission, creating havoc where none had been present before.
Just the lip-smacking chance to “satisfy antitrust concerns raised by the FTC,” by forcing Albertsons and Safeway to sell off so many stores, which Haggen ended up buying.
I don’t recall much fuss over all the airline, financial institution and major corporate mergers being made by the FTC and other such regulators.
The story so well points out the difficulties that Haggen faces growing from 18 to 146 stores in a relatively short time.
Let’s hope for the sake of its employees and customers that the process is successful.
My partner and I have shopped the Atascadero Albertsons for all the years it was in business here. We’ve developed relationships with so many employees that we’re almost like family.
The service is still there, but much of the product line and pricing is not. And there seems to be a general pall over the store that the many cutesy signs can’t overcome.
We shopped at the Paso Robles Albertsons this morning for the first time, and were very impressed by that store. Busy, well stocked and well priced. We hate to think of changing, but