The Great Grocery Swap: Dave’s takes over Giant Eagle

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Last Wednesday, when Cleveland Heights residents went to bed, their main grocery store on Fairmount was Giant Eagle. When they awoke Thursday, they found the same supermarket, only with a new name: Dave’s. Employees were just as baffled by the change. “I only found out when I got my paycheck last week that the store was changing ownership,” says Lisa, a cashier. The bosses told her she could either quit or move to the Mentor store – some 45 minutes away. So Lisa did what 75 percent of the employees did; she quit, then picked up an application to work for Dave’s. Thus far, the only thing that’s really changed is the uniform. In fact, there were so few differences that many customers hadn’t even noticed the changeover until they pulled out their Giant Eagle cards and were politely told that they were no longer accepted. The biggest change, however, is the hours. One customer who hadn’t known about the ownership transfer was shocked to arrive at the store at 10:05 and find the doors locked. Giant Eagle stayed open till 11. “Bastards,” the guy said as he stormed back to his car. – Rebecca Meiser

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