More than buyer must beware

Whether out of convenience, habit, a sense of loyalty or a combination of those, most of us do our grocery shopping at the same one or two stores and even have our favorite checkers there. For many, that was thrown into turmoil this year with Haggen’s failed acquisition of 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores and its subsequent bankruptcy proceedings, spelling the looming end of a respected regional company, the loss of jobs for many, the closure of some stores, a reshuffling of others and a failure of a federal agency’s attempt to protect the consumers’ interests.