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Petition Launched to Save Fresh & Easy

Last week, the grocery chain's parent company Tesco announced that it was considering exiting the U.S. market.

A petition has been started to try and save grocery store chain Fresh & Easy.

A San Jose man named Adrian Young launched the petition on change.org.  So far 39 supporters have signed, several from the Inland Empire.

“Fresh and Easy has a niche market; if these stores were to go they would be missed,” Young wrote.  “Most of all as many as 5,000 US jobs would be lost.”

Close to 200 stores employ people in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada.  The company opened its first stores in Northern California, San Francisco, and the Bay Area in March 2011.

Young plans to have the petition forwarded to Tesco, the British parent company of the market chain.

Last week, Tesco announced that it had brought in an outside investment banking firm to review the company’s finances and contended that the company’s struggles make it necessary to put all options on the table, including closing stores.

“We’re considering all options for the business, but it’s likely that the review will lead to Tesco exiting the US market,” CEO Philip Clarke wrote in a blog on the company’s website.

Clarke pointed to the recession as a major reason why the chain has struggled.

“It feels like a long time ago now, but when Tesco announced plans to open a business on the west coast of the US in 2006, the global economy was flying; not even the brightest economists in the world could foresee the unprecedented crisis in the markets about to engulf the world,” he said.

“But when it hit, it hit hard. And those states in the US where we were trying to build a presence – California, Nevada and Arizona – were particularly affected by the sub-prime crisis. Launching Fresh & Easy in the world’s most competitive retail market was never going to be easy, but the economic backdrop made the task twice as hard.”

Customers who signed Young’s petition said they rely on Fresh & Easy and would hate to see the markets close. 

Fresh & Easy is the only local market in area that has good quality affordable food,” wrote Marsha Zeller, an Ontario resident. “There is only one other market in our South Ontario area now.”

Tabitha Basye, a Yucaipa resident, commented that she needs to shop where it isn’t too busy because of medical conditions.

“The music is low, they are rarely crowded, about the same price as Stater Brothers but the produce is a bit pricey,” she said.

Fresh and Easy had been preparing to open a location in Glendora, but slow sales in surrounding stores in San Dimas, Azusa and Covina kept doors close for three years.

Patch readers weighed in on Fresh and Easy's potential closure.

“Trader Joes is a great suggestion and would bring $ to Glendora rather than San Dimas,” Richard King wrote on Glendorat Patch.

Patch reader E.R. Burgess also shared some thoughts: "Too bad - it's a terrific place to shop,”

arc0300 December 10, 2012 at 09:33 PM
fresh and easy is a good alternative. hope they stay. a good variety of choices is good. in other news..anyone know when the sprouts in glendora is opening?
Iain December 31, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I'm not in favor of anyone losing their jobs, but I am not impressed with Fresh and Easy management. They farm all their corporate jobs off to India, so they do very little to employee the American worker. If they were able to offshore store jobs overseas somehow, they'd do it to save a buck. Nah... I say goodbye Fresh and Easy. Give me a Trader Joes any day!
nanomole39 January 13, 2013 at 07:32 PM
save your local fresh and easy :http://www.change.org/petitions/fresh-and-easy-keep-fresh-and-easy-stores-open

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