Some quick breaking news - Safeway Florida is over after a two year run. It was announced today that Publix will buy the three remaining Florida Safeway stores. The stores will continue to operate as Safeway until September 2018, at which point they will transition to Publix. It sounds like a case of Publix trying to wipe out what little competition they have left in Florida to me, as Publix already has newer locations across the street from all three of the Safeway stores. The article suggests that the Safeway stores will become Publix, but I don't know if the nearby Publix locations will remain when the Safeway stores reopen or if they will close. I was not expecting this at all, and I'm surprised but not surprised to see something like this happen. For all of the Safeway Florida fans out there, enjoy Safeway while you can. I thought the Safeway stores were doing well, but I guess it was too costly to supply those stores or something. After dumping $10 million into those three stores two years ago, it really seemed promising that Safeway could be successful. So good-bye Safeway. It was nice knowing you, and I wish you could have stayed around longer. Two years was not enough time - just to get more Publix in the end nonetheless!
Anyway, more on this to come after my summer break concludes. For the complete article on this development, please click here.