Albertsons is staying in Boise. This is a big relief to 2,000+ area families who have breadwinners employed at the corporate headquarters here, as well as the city's economy as a whole.
It'll be a relief to many Boise shoppers, too. "It's your store," was the company's motto - perhaps still is - and for me, that's true. Albertson's is my neighborhood grocery store. I'll occasionally hit Fred Meyer for its all-under-one-roof convenience, the Boise Co-op for its sheer coolness, and Winco for ... uh, I have no idea, the place bugs the hell out of me with its anti-customer attitudes (no hand baskets for small orders, no express lines, no self-check-out option).
But here in Boise, at least, most of us are within walking distance of an Albertson's. Mine is three blocks away, and I do at least 75 percent of my shopping there, usually leaving my car at home unless I have a lot to buy. The staff are super-friendly, the store is well-organized, and the prices - although not the lowest in town - are fair on the items I buy most. And with the headquarters here, it still feels like I am "shopping locally," even if Albertsons is a huge corporation that gives too much money to Republicans.
We'll work on that. In the meantime, I'm pleased to know that my neighborhood grocery won't be going away - and that many people I know will keep their good jobs at Albertsons' lovely campus on the Boise River.