The faces of Safeway: same map, different feel

Last night I stopped at the Safeway on Del Paso Road to pick up a few items. I regularly frequent the newer R Street Safeway (the one with the horse), and figured this one on Del Paso Road would be similar.

The similarities were eerie. Every aisle was pretty much a twin of the R Street, although Del Paso had much more room to maneuver. The Del Paso site also had a teeny bit more product–particularly in the vitamin/weight loss aisle. (Hmmm?)

What interested me more were the differences. The Del Paso store was nearly empty at 9 PM, and there was beaucoup parking. Lighting was dim. Store patrons walked as if you should move out of the way in an empty aisle–synonymous with the gas guzzling behemothic vehicles that hog the road sprawling in a nearly empty parking lot. It was a Safeway for zombies…look out Frankenstein!!

I think the Horsy Safeway is much livelier, friendlier, and just more of a busy beehive. I’ll skip the Del Paso ghost town Safeway in the future, thank you, and support my midtown fave.

3 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    The R Street Safeway will always be simply “The Stallion.” As in, “Where did you buy these sausages?” “Oh, I picked ’em up at The Stallion.”

  2. Ursula (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    I think “The Stallion” is just well…so utterly male, and the statue…uh, well, isn’t. I’m game to call it “The Gelding” but really, it doesn’t matter. I’m just horsing around.

  3. cd (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:57 am

    I call it the “Big Horse Safeway” – less sexy than the “Stallion” I suppose :)

    Sometimes when stopping by BHS afterwork, I wonder if it’s becoming our own version of SF’s Dateway – a Safeway market in the hep, young, yuppy ‘hood, the Marina District where, legend has it, singles mass on Wednesday evenings to pick up dinner, dates.

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