Let the record show that as much as I love our local mom-and-pop markets, I am also a fan of our local Safeway on Mission Street. The prices are reasonable and the selection is good, yet the store itself is relatively compact, which makes it faster and less tiresome to navigate than many other supermarkets around the City.
A major renovation a few years ago brought our store up-to-date with the Safeway chain’s “Lifestyle” store concept. (Remember when it used to look like this?) Yet amid all the transformation, I’m glad one thing hasn’t changed: Our Safeway still has those 1960s-era yin-yang logo mosaics embedded in the exterior walls, and they’re a wonderful detail.
And very Taoist: Despite all the change, the essence remains unchanged.
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