Andronico’s to make a comeback?
Safeway may be trying to set up a comeback for popular bay area grocer Andronico’s.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the grocer was founded in 1929 and was one of the Bay Area’s first family-owned upscale supermarket chains. Two decades before the current grab-and-go boom, when the original Solano Avenue Andronico’s remodeled, the store added sushi and meat-carving stations, along with a deli that featured chef-prepared entrees.
But after roughly a decade of aggressive expansion, the company suffered a slew of financial woes and by 2011 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Five years later, Safeway, a subsidiary of Albertsons, took over Andronico’s Community Markets, which at that point had dwindled from eight stores to five.
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