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District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen vs. Fresh & Easy and All Other Grocers in the World

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Here’s the news, from , Reporter, San Francisco Business TimesOh dear:

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, said that Fresh & Easy did little to support its Third Street store, and was unresponsive to efforts to work with the community. “I am deeply disappointed that Fresh and Easy did not include the Bayview community in this process. As a city we have made consistent efforts to be a part of the discussion to ensure that the Bayview community was not harmed by the failures of Fresh & Easy to capitalize on the economic opportunities in San Francisco,” she said in a statement.

So, San Francisco County isn’t a hard place in which to do business? But, yes it is a hard place in which to do business! Here’s the task – go into the Bayview and operate a gro sto that makes money, but keep in mind that this goal has been attained by nobody else. And when things don’t work out, a low-level elected official will call out your alleged incompetence to tout le monde. 

“Fresh & Easy may point to the low-performance of the existing Bayview store as the primary reason for why it was not included in the acquisition agreement. However, this statement does not take into account that Fresh & Easy made little effort to support the day to day operations of the store.”

Malia Cohen, business consultant?

She said city officials “made countless offers to meet with the general manager of the store to discuss neighborhood marketing campaigns in order to ensure it would remain successful.”

So if you’re running a business in the 415, a “neighborhood marketing campaign” will “ensure” success? Really?

Supervisor Cohen said that the decision would force many Bayview residents to buy their groceries in other neighborhoods.

Oh, back to planet Earth, yes, at least we agree on this. Yes, the F&E is the only genuine grocery store in the area. Of course, there’s a Walgreens at 5300 3rd Street just five blocks away and it’s sort of a substitute for a gro sto. Here’s the extensive chip section – it’s the Great Wall o’ Chips!

(And this is just one part of The Wall.)

But it’s not really a full-on grocery, I’ll agree.

Oh, but what’s this the next block over at 5201 3rd? It’s Aguila de Oro Produce. See? It’s smack dab in the middle of the Lower Third’s purported “food desert” and yet it’s more of a “food oasis,” as defined by the Feds, than any Walgreens in the world:

Via Burrito Eater, “San Francisco’s top resource for taquerias and mustaches.”

This store serves all comers. And in a way, it has an unlimited supply.

So Malia, instead of crittercizing grocery managers who were given an almost impossible task, why not promote those who are already succeeding without the help of SFGov? I mean, the first thing I’d think about if you asked me to operate a full-on grocery in the area is why have all the other efforts failed? And then I’d think about how long will it take for my political “friends” to turn on me?

Cohen has already begun conversations with local grocers about potentially acquiring the site if Yucaipa does not reconsider purchasing the Bayview location.

Like F&E could give a fuck, right? It’s like be our guest, Malia Cohen. Go knock yourself out.

“I am committed to working with the community to determine the future of this important asset, continue our economic revitalization efforts* on the Third Street corridor and ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options,” she said.

Blah blah blah. What does all this mean? Who created this “asset?” You, Malia Cohen, or those you harsh out? And who on Earth will “ensure that the Bayview community continues to have access to health and affordable food options?” Access to health? That’s a tall order, non?

I don’t know, it might feel good to flip off those who can no longer help you, but think of The Future, Malia.

If  You Want.

*Efforts, mmm. Was the Third Street rail system an “effort?” I suppose. Is it a success? IDK. IMO, we’d be better of without it, even though the Feds kicked in a lot of money. Was Redevelopment all those years ago an “effort?” Yes. Was it a “success?” Oh no. We all agree about that, in retrospect. You live in a world of yes-men, you know, your officemates. You don’t want to lose the plot, Malia, in such an environment. You don’t want to lose touch with the Real World.

ZOMG, the Fresh & Easy Grocery Stores are Coming to San Francisco! And They’re Hiring at Min. Wage + Benefits

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

San Francisco will soon get two Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Markets. Hurray!

Realize that minimum wage in San Francisco is $9.92, so starting salaries will be at $10 per hour but there’ll be medical benefits for those working 20 or more hours per week.

The Richmond District store will open on June 22, 2011 (deets here at the Richmond District Blog) and the Bayview outlet will come along a little later on August 24 – (I’m sure we’ll hear from Supervisor Malia Cohen when the time comes…)

In the meantime, consider yourselves pwned, NIMBYs of the Richmond District. PWNED, you hear me?

Fresh & Easy Announces San Francisco Opening Dates - Hiring Underway at Both Locations

SAN FRANCISCO May 23, 2011 — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market today announced the opening dates for its first two stores in San Francisco. These store openings will create more than 50 good jobs and the company is currently accepting applications for positions on its website at www.freshandeasy.com/joinus.

Fresh & Easy will open two stores in San Francisco this summer:

— 32nd Ave. & Clement St. June 22 –  (3132 Clement)
— 3rd St. & Carroll Ave. August 24

“I look forward to the Fresh & Easy store opening and welcoming a new business that is partnering with the community and giving back to schools and community organizations in the Richmond District,” said San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar.

“We could not be more thrilled with the strong performance of our first 11 stores in Northern California and we’re excited to get our doors open in San Francisco,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO. “Judging by the fantastic reception we’ve seen from customers throughout the Bay Area, we are certain these stores will also be a hit.”

Entry-level positions start at $10 an hour in California and offer quarterly bonuses of up to 10% as well as a 401(k) with company match. The company believes everyone deserves access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare and provides all employees the opportunity to work at least 20 hours per week, which entitles everyone to vision, prescription drug, dental and medical coverage with Fresh & Easy paying at least 75%.

For each new store opening, Fresh & Easy invites neighbors to nominate a local, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation. Based off the nominations from the neighborhood, store employees will select the winning charity. Charity nominations are currently being accepted for 32nd & Clement at www.freshandeasy.com/goodneighbor, nominations for 3rd & Carroll will be accepted in July.

To learn more about Fresh & Easy, neighbors and customers are invited to join Friends of Fresh & Easy at www.freshandeasy.com/friends. By joining, customers will have access to exclusive offers, the latest news on their favorite products and a free canvas bag.

About Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market

Fresh & Easy operates 175 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. In addition to fresh prepared meals, meats and produce, Fresh & Easy offers everyone’s favorite national brand products and household items, all at unbelievably low prices. The grocer’s popular fresh&easy brand products have no artificial colors or flavors, no added trans fats, no high-fructose corn syrup, and only use preservatives when absolutely necessary.

On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket, which helps customers save money – and also helps the environment. Fresh & Easy uses LED lighting in external signs and freezer cases, offers customer recycling in every store and uses advanced refrigeration and freezer units to cut back on energy usage. The company also recycles or reuses all of its display packaging, sending the majority back through its distribution center.

For more information about Fresh & Easy, visit www.freshandeasy.com. Also follow the company on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/fresh_and_easy and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freshandeasy.