Safeway To Pay Counties $2.7 Million

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Safeway is not admitting any wrongdoing. But the grocery retailer has agreed to pay for pricing inaccuracies and construction violations. 

"This case is fairly significant. It’s a myriad of things that Safeway was dealing with." 

Marv Stern is with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He says that myriad includes cash registers that didn’t print out the advertised discounted price…as well as other pricing and weighing accuracy issues.

Safeway also didn’t get required remodeling and hot food station permits.

Stern says Sacramento County will get more than $412,000 from the settlement.  

"The primary amount of it will be used to further investigations of this sort in order that our DA’s office can further protect the people of this county." 

All totaled, Safeway is paying $2.7 million to six counties – Sacramento, Solano, Napa, Marin, Santa Cruz and Fresno.

Safeway did not return our request for comment.