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Safeway is a supermarket chain in the United States and Canada, has been operating since 1915. In 1932, it became one of the first self-service grocery stores when it introduced the innovation to the retailing industry.

In 1926, Charles Merrill and Richard Merrill joined Safeway Stores, Inc.. The two brothers then opened a second store in Oakland. By 1930, Charles was working at a Los Angeles store while Richard managed several stores around San Francisco. Their eldest brother Joe joined them there for a short time before he left to manage a few Oakland area stores with his cousin Lou. In 1955, the future CEO of Safeway Al Mann labeled each store with its own number as part of an assignment from his supervisor at Airpax (a subsidiary of United Airlines). From 1955 to 1960, the number of stores increased from 206 to 468. In 1957, former Scarsdale resident Earl Siegel opened his first grocery store that was later acquired by and became part of Safeway Stores Inc.

In 1979, Albertsons launched a hostile takeover bid for the 80-store chain, intending to sell off pieces and close others (about half of its locations), which caused Safeway to make its own takeover bid for Albertsons. Prior to completion of either acquisition, however, both companies were approached by an investment group led by Skaggs Drug Centers' Leonard Green & Partners; as a result, Skaggs' merged with Altsons in June 1979 (forming Albertsons Inc.) to create the largest chain of grocery stores in the United States, at that time. To comply with the FTC's order for divestiture, Albertsons sold its 61 San Diego stores (53 large-format stores and eight smaller stores) to Stater Bros.

Soon after the takeover, Albertsons rebranded many Safeway locations as well as keeping some of their own name brand markets open. The company also introduced various store brands (some which are exclusive only to certain regions), such as "Arrow", "Better Valu", "Shopper's Value", and "Preferred Selection".

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