Safeway Shares Dive; A&P May Exit Big Easy!!!!!!!!

Apr 17, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Good news was hard to come by for large supermarket chains yesterday.

Safeway saw its share price plummet to a 52-week low after warning its earnings would fall as much 11 cents below consensus estimates.

Prices of other grocery stocks were also off significantly yesterday. Wal-Mart, Kroger, Albertsons and A&P were among those who saw share price declines for the day.

In other news, Burt Flickinger III, managing director, Strategic Resource Group, told The Star-Ledger of Newark, NJ, “A&P is actively shopping the 24 (New Orleans’) stores that operate under the A&P and Sav-A-Center banners, as well as a distribution center.”

Moderator’s Comment: Are Safeway’s Steve Burd and A&P’s
Christian Haub the right leaders for their companies under current circumstances?

We have to admit being among those who profusely praised
Steve Burd when Safeway was going strong. We gave him too much credit then and
probably are placing too much blame on him at present. That said, Safeway needs
a marketer/merchandiser running the ship now. Even Mr. Burd, we think, would
agree that his talents lie elsewhere.

Many have privately expressed over the years that Christian
Haub got his job due to family connections. We’ve tended to dismiss those claims
as backbiting because Mr. Haub is clearly very intelligent and understands retail.
But, as a wise nine year old recently said to her big brother, “Just because
you’re intelligent, doesn’t mean you’re smart.” [George
Anderson – Moderator


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Justin Time
13 years 11 months ago

Well, that was then, this is now.

The 2 Baton Rouge stores, formerly Nationals Real Superstores, are closing.

So the others may be on the selling block as well. Sure wish they could franchise these stores, somehow.

Personally I would miss the Royal Street French Quarter A&P.

I even own a watercolor print of that famous store.