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Safeway Says Pinole Store Not Closing

With a planned new store in Hercules, the fate of the Rodeo location is uncertain, spokeswoman said.

There are no plans to close the Safeway store in on Tara Hills Drive in Pinole, but it could be headed for a remodel, a company official told Pinole Patch Wednesday.

Pinole Patch received some comments from concerned readers that there have been rumors of the Pinole store's demise. We visited the store and were directed to Safeway's public relations office. We called there and were asked to submit questions in an email, which we did on Monday.

The company responded to our questions on Wednesday.

"Safeway does not plan on closing the Pinole store," wrote spokeswoman Wendy Gutshall. "We are currently in discussions with the property owner to remodel this facility."

Regarding a future store in Hercules, she replied, "Safeway is working with the city to locate a new 60,000 square foot lifestyle store with fuel center on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Sycamore (Avenue)."

The fate of the Rodeo is undetermined, so far, she said.

"Safeway is considering closing the Rodeo store with the completion of the opening Hercules store, but a final decision has not been made at this point," Gutshall wrote.

She declined to answer our questions about any estimated dates for a Hercules site opening or a potential Rodeo store closure.

Audra Holland April 18, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I sure hope that the Pinole Safeway gets a remodel. It is long overdue!
Rob Shea (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM
What do you think about Safeway's statement?
jon cyr April 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM
THX'S Rob Shea....Its good to have someone looking out for us. I like the local reports and news..
Rob Shea (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Thanks for your comment, Jon. I do what I can and I also rely on readers to alert me and to ask questions, as was the case with Safeway's status.

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