Well, the answer to the above question is ??
If I’m understanding, what I quickly read last night, this isn’t 100% official yet. It’s still open for other bids. But, it looks like the parent company of Albertsons is buying Safeway and it’s going through. If it does, things take time. So, I wouldn’t panic yet. (For articles to read, just do an internet search, they are all over the place!)
Then . . . ?? There are, at least, two theories, with some questions within those . . ..
#1 — Since Albertsons is the one buying Safeway, Albertsons non-coupon-doubling policy will become Safeway’s. If you want to go further with the doom and gloom . . . Fry’s will follow since they won’t have to keep up with Safeway anymore.
#2 — Fry’s and Safeway will be fighting it out for the number one position in Arizona. They will attempt to attract as much of the market as they can and price will remain (or get even more!) competitive.
Which one do you think? I can be convinced either way. It think I started at #1, but am at #2 now. :) Any other theories?
I’m a wait and see kind of person. I’ll adapt to whatever they throw at us, but . . . I hope $1 value coupons stick around for another 50 years or so. I can dream, right? :)