The Safeway chain that we know today was founded in 1915 by Marion Barton Skaggs. Through a series of acquisitions, mergers and expansions, the Safeway chain now has over 1600 locations under a variety of its brands, such as Vons, Pavilions, Safeway, Carrs-Safeway, Randall’s Food Markets and Pak’n Save.
With such a large presence, especially concentrated in the Western United States, Safeway has created a very concrete standing as a top US grocer.
Like many large chains, a short, general application can usually be found in store and online. There may be a telephone interview, with at least one face-to-face interview in which the applicant is asked ten or fewer questions. Many of the interview questions are centered on resolving conflict, either with a customer or with another employee. Managerial positions often require a skills test, while cashiers are expected to be able to count back change. Many times, a member is hired at a lower level and is able to grow from within the company. Additionally, a drug test and a background check may be required for employment.