Sam Seelig founded his company, the Same Seelig Company, in 1912. At this time he opened a single grocery store in Los Angeles. Within 10 years that single store had become a chain of 71 stores.
Unfortunately, after World War one the chain was in debt with its grocery wholesaler W.R.H. Weldon, who took over the company while leaving Seelig in charge of the retail side of the operation. Two years later, Seelig decided to leave the company for a different venture. At this time a contest was held for a new name and Safeway won out.
Today the company has grown to include Safeway and 9 other subsidiaries totaling over 1,500 stores.
One of the biggest jobs in the Safeway corporations is their retail store positions. This could be customer service, where you’ll be helping people find what they need, deal with complaints, or other duties as needed.
You can also work as a cashier, ringing customers out and making sure they have found everything. Stock clerks are also important as it’s their job to help make sure that the store shelves are fully stocked and help to maintain a clean store.
Distribution is also important to Safeway. As a warehouse worker it’ll be your job to help fill the orders at the distribution centers. You’ll help to load the trucks with what the stores in your area needs. You must be meticulous about filling the orders so that no one gets shorted.
Safeway job benefits include:
- A choice of medical plans
- Prescription drug coverage
- Vision care
- Dental and orthodontia
- Employee Assistance Program
- Health care and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Company paid basic life insurance
- Paid time off for vacation, sick leave and company-recognized holidays
- Professional and career education program
- Employee Association for leisure-time activities at a discount
- 100% company paid retirement plan
- 401(k) Plan
- Safeway stock purchase plan
Many of the Safeway locations have pharmacies. Pharmacy techs are on hand to help the pharmacist fill orders. Pharmacists are staffed to ensure that the prescriptions from the doctors are written correctly and filled accurately. They are also responsible for answering any questions that the customer may have about a prescription or over-the-counter medication.
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