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Alhambra likely to lose its Fresh & Easy

Alhambra is likely to lose Fresh & Easy on Main Street and Raymond Avenue. Tesco, Fresh & Easy's British parent company, will likely sell or close its 199 grocery stores in the United States due to mounting losses over five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The grocery chain — with stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada —opened in the U.S. in 2007 and struggled to turn a profit during the recession, the Journal reports. The British ready meals, self-service cash registers, and convenience-store layout also didn't sit well with the American market, according to the Journal. 

But a California man has launched a petition to try to save the chain, Glendora Patch reports. Adrian Young from San Jose launched an online petition, saying Fresh & Easy's niche market would miss the chain and the U.S. would lose over 5,000 jobs. Nearly 300 supporters have signed the petition so far, many from Southern California. 

Read the full articles from the Wall Street Journal and Glendora Patch.

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4 thoughts on “Alhambra likely to lose its Fresh & Easy”

  1. Fresh & Easy has not been a friend to labor. Unlike their chief competitor Trader Joe’s, they see to turn a profit without providing good service, quality food and practice unfair labor conditions.

  2. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Certainly *not* for the loss of jobs – this is always tragic. But, any time a corporation replaces PEOPLE with self-service cash registers, it’s bad news for labor. I don’t like the Fresh & Easy business model, and for me, they can’t fail quickly enough. We need to go back to supporting workers, not corporations that want consumers to do more work for them (scanning and bagging our own groceries), while they reap the profits. B’bye, Fresh n’ Easy.

  3. [email protected]
    Then I won’t get to see Melissa anymore!

  4. I have been to the Alhambra store twice and found it to be a pretty good experience.

    The location is not right for me and the behemoth of groceries is across the street, being Costco.

    Even Target sells groceries now so yeh, I can see where they might have some problems.