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Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Safeway stores

The first Safeway store using that name opened in an art deco building at Olympic Avenue and Market Street, in Hillyard, around 1931. 

Spokane grocery stores end hazard pay for employees as virus cases rise

As coronavirus infections continue to increase in Spokane and North Idaho, virtually all area grocery stores have ended what had been called "hazard pay" for grocery store workers who were classified as essential employees and required to work during the pandemic.

Spokane grocery workers get boosted pay, benefits during pandemic

The union that represents grocery workers in Spokane and North Idaho announced a deal Wednesday with Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer stores, to increase worker pay by $2 an hour for those employees who continue to work at grocery stores during the pandemic.

Supply chains in Spokane improving, but items still selling out

The paper products aisles at several Spokane grocery stores on Wednesday afternoon continued to be deserted islands of shelves with placards reminding shoppers to take just one package each. While supply chains are improving at local stores, managers believe it could take suppliers weeks to catch up to the panic-buying onslaught that emptied most supplies of paper products, flour, sugar, eggs, pasta, canned goods and sanitizing wipes.

Grabbing life by the claws: Safeway store receives national attention for hard seltzer display

Visitors to the Spokane Valley Safeway store are drawn to White Claw Ski Lodge, with its roof frosted with fluffy, cotton snow, dangling icicle lighting and a beacon of neon lights emblazoned with the hard seltzer’s logo. Once inside the in-store display, they can warm their hands by the fire, enjoy a position on the throne or simply gaze out windows at passing patrons.

Justin Thomas ready for fresh start on PGA Tour

Justin Thomas didn’t get much rest during the four weeks between seasons. The 2017 FedEx Cup champion helped raise money for hurricane victims in the Bahamas, spent two weeks recovering from minor skin cancer surgery, then flew cross country to California to play in the pro-am before making his season debut at the Safeway Open. With the obvious exception of the skin cancer, it was about as perfect a break as Thomas could have expected.

Powered by Plants: Where to purchase plant-based products in Spokane

Like an 18th century sailor mapping out a series of Caribbean islands on a rum-running escapade, vegans and vegetarians will often ping-pong around a city bouncing from store to store in search of their preferred plant-based fix. A true first world problem.

Brandt Snedeker leads at Silverado; Phil Mickelson 3 strokes back

Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, California. Playing alongside Hall of Famer Fred Couples, Snedeker had eight birdies and a bogey on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Phil Mickelson has 6 straight birdies; 2 shots back at Silverado

Phil Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open. Coming off a winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe, the 48-year-old Mickelson birdied Nos. 9-14 and closed with four straight pars on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa. Straka birdied the final three holes for a 63.