Confirming a Berkeleyside story from February, Safeway’s Northern California division president Brad Street told Berkeleyside this week that the supermarket operator intends to bring back the Andronico’s Community Markets name by the end of the year.
The change will go beyond just branding, he said. As part of the conversion, the division will rename four existing Safeway Community Markets in the Bay Area as Andronico’s, and offer more local food options than what is currently sold and what is available through larger Safeway supermarkets.
The markets will also have upscale deli options and hot food bars and employ in-store chefs who will cook meals on premises daily. The hot bar will include sautéed spinach with garlic and mushrooms, buffalo-roasted cauliflower and lemon rice. Other options will include cage-free egg potato salad and fresh fruit tarts, store-made chocolate mousse and apricot mint wild rice salad. Customers should see a return of some of Andronico’s favorite offerings such as Beckmann’s pies and store-baked pumpkin breads.
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