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Fresh and Easy Petition: Is the Grocery Chain Worth Saving?

More than 2,000 people have signed online petitions to keep Fresh and Easy from closing in the hope of saving local jobs. But is it too late for the British-owned company?

Things aren't going too well over at Tesco PLC, the British company that runs the U.K.'s largest grocery chain as well as Fresh and Easy stores stateside.

Not only is the American dream failing as Fresh and Easy slides toward oblivion, but the franchise was recently caught overcharging customers and a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered it to pay $833,136 in penalties, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune piece.

Meanwhile across the pond, Tesco is dealing with a PR battle after its hamburgers were found to contain horse meat.

Still, more than 1,000 shoppers want to "Keep Fresh and Easy stores open" and are petitioning on Change.org and another thousand want to "Save Fresh and Easy" on Facebook.

The petition on Change.org says that if Fresh and Easy were to fail, "they would be missed" and "as many as 5000 US jobs would be lost."

The Facebook page asks people to bring three friends to Fresh and Easy and "show them exactly what it is you have come to love" about the store.

The final decision will be up to Tesco, after it weighs out whether or not the US venture is worth pursuing.

Fresh and Easy thinks so, and the chain is appealing to customers to stick with their local "neighborhood market" store. As of yet, there are no plans to close stores, the company says.

Is Fresh and Easy worth saving? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Janet Gamache February 02, 2013 at 07:39 AM
The best store ever. Low prices, quality products, & small enough to get in and get out!
south county girl February 02, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I'll be sad if the stores close down. For me it is so much easier to shop there because the stores are smaller and I can get the simple healthy options I need without a lot of the junk... They have a great rewards program, email coupons all the time... And they have base prices. I love knowing I can get chicken breasts for 2.49 a lb every week, even less if they go on sale. This means I can be loyal to a store and not have to shop around 4 places and waste expensive California gas just tp try and feed my family. They help keep us in budget!!!!
srl99 February 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
You want this market to stay open? Patronize it, and ask your friends to patronize it.
Scot Murberger February 02, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I can't always find things that I have needed at F&E, but that's led to trying some new brands, or adapting my recipes, that have been some great surprises. I absolutely love the premade dinners. When time is an issue, having everything prepared already, over-ready, is a total time-saver.
nanomole39 February 03, 2013 at 03:05 AM
save fresh and easy - dont leave it till its too late. please sign :http://www.change.org/petitions/fresh-and-easy-keep-fresh-and-easy-stores-open

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