Grocery store lines maddening
I’m beyond frustrated by the consistent lack of lanes open and resulting long lines at Safeway Lihue. I am asking all who feel the same way to respond to this letter to the editor and reach out directly to Safeway corporate demanding the addition of self-checkout lanes like the Kapaa location has had for years.
Since a few months after the store originally opened, it is not uncommon to have only between two and four of the 13 potential lanes open, with between five and 20 people in each line, while the signage proudly states that Safeway will open more lanes if more than three people are waiting. That rarely occurs and, if it does, it isn’t enough to make a dent in the wait times.
The company clearly is making money from the residents and tourists of Kauai, and I would imagine this location has the highest revenue of any of the grocery stores on the island, perhaps save Costco.
I have complained dozens of time to store management and directly to corporate via email and social media. There’s always an apology and a promise to address the issue, and nothing ever changes.
I am very fond of all the checkout personnel. They are hard workers, and this is not a comment on their efficiency. There’s of course the possibility that Safeway is seeking to hire additional checkers and has been unable to find the workforce. With Kauai’s unemployment at 2 percent, this isn’t a viable solution if it is the one they are trying. The addition of self-checkout is the only solution.
Jason Blake, Puhi
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