Published on: September 7, 2006
Responding to our piece yesterday about Stater Bros., MNB
user Ted File wrote:I have known Jack Brown like most of your readers for many years. The Stater Family (the expression so often used) consists of each and every employee of the organization and even includes those who have retired. Jack's leadership is to be admired!! He is highly involved in the community, in the industry trade associations, and, of course, his own family. Over the years he has attracted people like Gayle Paden, Don Baker, and Jim Lee to mention just a few. As Don is soon retiring but staying on in a consulting capacity, much of the leadership will now go to Jim Lee--an extremely capable and knowledgeable individual who is highly regarded in the industry as well as the California market. All of us hope that Stater's will never sell out and will always continue to be the market leader that consumers can trust.
Yet another MNB
user wrote:I remember this chain from my childhood in Hemet, California and I still search out their banner when shopping in California today. They always featured the freshest produce and I most remember the friendliness of the cashiers. I love this store.
user wrote:Every time I read about the positives that come from Stater Bros., I often wonder how Marsh Supermarkets would have ended up had Jack Brown not left so many years ago...
We wrote yesterday about the end of Clemens Markets, which is being broken up and sold to Giant of Carlisle and C&S Wholesale Grocers.MNB
user David Livingston responded to the notion that Ahold-owned Giant is acquiring stores at the same time as Ahold is under pressure to sell its US operations as a way of maximizing shareholder value:Buying Clemens at the same time the company will probably be split up? Well Albertsons did it with Shaws and Bristol Farms right before they announced they were throwing in the towel. Maybe they just want to add to their portfolio of stores in hopes of getting a better price. However look for Ahold/Clemens to raise prices, cut labor, and replace the butchers with "generic" case ready meat. Then blame the weather when sales go down.MNB
user Brendan Haslam wrote:Well….as a former bagger, former deli counter worker, and longtime shopper…it was disappointing to see that Clemens is being sold. It did have the family atmosphere as an employee and as a shopper…what Genuardi’s was also like at one time.
I thought about how many super markets I’ve been in where the workers openly complain about management, or family members who work in that industry and complain about ‘how it use to be’. I never heard this from a Clemens employee. Unfortunately, over time, I now assume this is going to change. I just hope Ahold doesn’t repeat with Clemens what Safeway has done with Genuardi’s.
user wrote:The Good News on this acquisition, if there is any, is that Giant Carlisle in taking Clemens over and not Stop N Shop. This is a well-run company with excellent customer service. Please DO NOT Ahold these stores.
user wrote:I'm an avid MNB subscriber/daily reader who also happens to work with Giant Food Stores, owned by Ahold. While it's certainly no secret our parent company has had its share of challenges (that we, in the larger sense of Giant-workplace family, totally had no control over but suffered throughout the industry from and financially as employees/stockholders), at the end of the day, we must be doing a lot of things right. Whereas, in the face of Wal-Mart Supercenters, we not only survive, but thrive.
I see our acquisition of the Clemens Markets stores not a tragedy to be mourned, but an alliance to be celebrated. The Clemens Markets customers expect quality and value for their hard earned food dollars and whenever any other food retailer figures out how to provide that while paying their associates a living wage WITH health benefits, no tragedy has taken place.
We also had some coverage of a report saying that alcoholic beverage companies continue to market to underage drinkers, despite their promises not to…a practice that we abhor.MNB
user Brian Hayes had a thought:The timing of your article is interesting. It was just earlier this week that I saw a Bacardi "drink responsibly" commercial and had considered the inherent problems when trying to measure the success of that ad campaign. Do you think a CFO for an alcoholic beverage company would see a negative sales trend and say, "Yes! That "drink responsibly" campaign is really taking hold around the country!"
Just a thought.
At least the “drink responsibly” campaigns have a certain level of credibility…as opposed to the tobacco companies’ ads saying that they are out to help stop teen smoking.
Talk about blowing smoke.
They launch these educational programs because they have to, and then continue to do everything they can to poison the American public and entice young people to get addicted to their products.
Don’t get us started…
Finally, we reported yesterday that Robert Hey Jr., a former Wal-Mart executive who pleaded guilty in federal court in November to three counts of wire fraud and was sentenced to one day in prison and six months of supervised release, has sued former vice chairman Thomas Coughlin for emotional distress.
Hey admitted writing fake vouchers to get money and Wal-Mart gifts cards for Coughlin, his superior, who since has been sentenced to home detention after pleading guilty to defrauding and stealing from the retailer.
user wrote:This seems to be consistent with the typical 7 year old's defense for misbehavior of blaming an older sibling...."It is not my fault - he made me do it"
Mr. Hey should be sent to his room and told to think about his actions and his own responsibility in making the decisions he did.
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user wrote:I can't believe that this man got 'home detention" - good grief! I wouldn't mind having "home detention" at his house! He should have gone to prison.
Agreed. Or, as we wrote at the time, forced to perform extensive community service, teaching underprivileged kids how to be entrepreneurs.(Maybe he could even have taught Katrina refugees about how to start up their own businesses…how’s that for an idea?)