I knew Meijer was recruiting heavily from us but now I'm hearing Jewel is making some nice offers to managers. My guess is its a strategic move to weaken the staff. Since Jewel really can't compete on the operations end, buying up store managers would seems to me like a more cost effective way to attack. Recruiting replacements is not so easy when you are a $3 stock. Albertsons-Safeway doesn't have the most exciting stores around but they are like 20 times our size.
In general I have heard good things about Don. I don't hold any grudge. He was probably doing what he thought best at the time. One of the problems you have with an acquisition of a new and large company its like becoming new director of the CIA. There are just some things that we did that simply don't add up or make sense. We often did work for and helped out direct competitors. We even provided litigation support to help a retailer in Puerto Rico fend off Walmart. Why? I can't recall exactly how we got into it. Kind of like how Democrats and Republicans will become friends and help each other out with personal issues. Like the old saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
At the time Roundy's was still in the wholesale business and I doubt Don really understood my relationship with my clients which many were company supplied retailers. I think most of my clients just wrote it off as him being misinformed. Well they did, so I'm glad for that.