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Supermarkets: SOMA Safeway / Farewell Fulton Market

Stanley Stephan | Apr 9, 200306:49 PM

For those of you who live in the area, I saw a sign on the building going up on Townsend between 3rd and 4th that Safeway would be opening there in the future.

This is across the street from the ballpark and the train station. Not that I like Safeway all that much, but for the supermarket deprived in the area, ANYTHING is welcome. It's nice that Whole Foods may or may not open in the area as well, but there are times you want to get a non organic, eco-ignorant product. I mean, there are times when I need Draino and kitty litter bags. Then there was that time I had a cold where I couldn't get a jar of Vicks at Whole Foods ... I NEED normal products occasionally that I don't have to refinance my condo to buy.

There is a new Albertson's at Fulton and Masonic called Albertson's Fulton Market. If you may remember, they tore down a bunch of great shops to build condo's and Albertsons.

There was a good meat/fish vendor, a Just Desserts, a WONDERFUL florist. a really decent wine shop and a rather funky but interesting supermarket.

From the big signs on the outside of the new Albertson's that say bakery, deli, etc, etc, I was hoping that they let some of the little shops back in to co-exist with Albertsons. No such luck. Just a huge sterile Albertson's with the now requisite Starbucks inside (and some of the worst checkers I've encountered in a long time).

Albertson's isn't in my usual migration path, so I can't say if this is a good one or not. In it's favor, it has a large pharmacy, lot's of small appliances and such for a market (slow cooker type of things), a rather decent selection of deli meats and free underground parking (I like to keep dry in the rainy season). They have elevators that handle shopping carts so you don't have to put up with the Whole Foods nonsense of not bringing the cart with you to your car.

Good and bad is they are spacious (those mega Ikea type markets wear me out on days I've worked hard and just want to piok up a can of food for the cats).

Negatively the bakery has the typical Albertson's cakes in lurid colors, they have really bad pre-packaged lunch salads, and a disappointing hot food section (not even close to the Albertson's near the zoo).

They do have Almaden boxed wine. I don't know if this is a regular feature or not, but I don't see Almaden that often. There seemed to be a lot of variety. The Mexican section had pinatas. However, I just did a quick walk around. Can't say if there is true variety or it is like the Safeway on Church and Market which is HUGE but just carries more of the regular items rather than using the space for a larger variety of brands and items.

Albertson's sorry looking olive bar DID have some fresh feta cheese.

So a moment of silence here for the passing of those independant shops that formerly occupied that space.

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