Bristol Farms Opening?

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Anyone know why it hasn’t opened yet at La Cumbre? Was supposed to open last April.

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FredMertzEE Jul 17, 2019 10:43 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

It will be really nice to have another grocery store option in that part of town. Looking forward to when it finally opens and will definitely check it out.

ChillinGrillin Jul 16, 2019 12:30 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I second RHS. Bristol Farms advertises as an upscale grocery chain but pays and treats its employees like temporary fast food workers. Creating jobs is meaningless if employees don't make living wages and have zero job security.

RHS Jul 16, 2019 11:28 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

Sad to see the people wanting this company to open since the major reason it can exist seems to be the underpaying of its employees. BF has historically kept most of its workers on part-time status to avoid health care and other benefits. It keeps employees on short string by lightly scheduling and then calling them in on very quick notices for extra hours. This is the modern management style--lots of profit for the owners/investors/fund managers at the expense of those who have to make a living by actually working.

RHS Jul 17, 2019 09:52 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I know this because I did some research, because I have paid attention to the issue over the years, and because I have spoken to people who left employment with that company because of its bad practices. You could do much the same if interested in knowing about this stuff.

Thomas John Jul 16, 2019 09:51 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I'm guessing it just takes that long to get the smell out of there from Vons fish department! ;)

LouWho Jul 16, 2019 08:38 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I called the corporate office and they said that they expect to open the end of October or early November. They confirmed the building had major foundation issues and that they have had permitting issues with Santa Barbara. If you have seen the building lately, the roof is off. It looks like they had to completely gut the place and start over. If you go to their website, there are tons of job opening up. I can't wait!!

a-1566598254 Jul 15, 2019 01:49 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I work at a company that has been supplying the contractors working at the Bristol. The foundation was botched and they had to re do a lot of foundation work and to the exterior of the building. It wont open for a while I assume.

mp805 Jul 15, 2019 01:13 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

recently talked to a checker at Vons on Turnpike and they said end of year... possibly early next year. No info on Bristol Farms or La Cumbre Websites...just says coming soon

tagdes Jul 16, 2019 12:01 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

Cuz.....they are both grocery stores, a couple or 3 of them used to work there, 3 or 4 of them might be interested in getting more hours at BF and some people I know in the biz world are "curious" about their competition.

a-1566598254 Jul 15, 2019 10:53 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

Curious, why would a Vons employee know this?

a-1566598254 Jul 15, 2019 10:02 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

I mean, why create a streamlined process that generates more revenue via tax and less expense via bureaucratic procedure?

a-1566598254 Jul 16, 2019 08:26 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

What makes you think a review process can't be done right and be efficient at the same time? As for the facade and/or architecture, it's the very multi-agency inefficiency that creates this as the independent actors on those committees tear apart and piece meal every wondrous architectural design brought their way. What's left is hodge-podge hunky dunky. End the multi-departmental hoop jumping approval process while setting comprehensive guidelines and you'd end this demagoguery.

tagdes Jul 15, 2019 01:54 PM
Bristol Farms Opening?

Sure lets just let them build it however they want without review. No reason to change that great retro '70 s strip mall Safeway look. Have look at their coming and other rather decent designs. Course y'all might prefer the countrified Goleta Sprouts look and could tie your Morgan horse up out front while trying to figure out why there's no Tractor Supply next door.

CS805 Jul 15, 2019 09:18 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

They had to change the design of the exterior in the front of the store which was only recently approved by the city and construction is still on-going.

tagdes Jul 15, 2019 09:28 AM
Bristol Farms Opening?

Exactly and just to add, design change required major demolition of the front. Talked to workers and all they said was not anytime soon.

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