|855 Davis St., Vacaville, CA|
|Partly Owned by Past and Present Employees|
|Cash, Debit. NO credit cards!|
WinCo is a warehouse grocery store near the Costco in Vacaville (exit at Davis St. and turn right). Before 1999, WinCo used to be called Waremart. Its most notable qualities are well-priced baked goods and a sizeable bulk food section. The latter includes:
Jelly Belly jellybeans, separated by flavor.
Many types of candy, varying from the common to the fairly unique.
Several kinds of flour, yeast, sweeteners, chocolates, powders, and other baking ingredients.
Many varieties of dried fruit.
About a dozen granola mixes.
Vegetable-based hamburger substitute (just add water).
WinCo is an anti-union company. Workers are forbidden to join labor unions. Therefore they do not have the backing of a union to assure fair wages, benefits, job security, or labor conditions. The local United Food and Commercial Workers Union has an ongoing boycott of WinCo. "Our ongoing boycott of WinCo has received support from residents all over the area. Once they understand the negative business practices used by this company, they applaud our efforts to rid them from our communities," said Jacques Loveall, Director of Organizing for UFCW 588.
WinCo is a warehouse type store and customers have to bag their own groceries. There are no employees to help you with your groceries. They do not employ grocery baggers and the store is run by as few employees as possible. This reduction in labor supposedly is how the company can offer such low prices on food.
WinCo does not accept credit cards, because the company does not want to pay credit card fees. They do accept debit, which does not have a fee to the company.
The company is approximately 90% owned by past and present employees, who are granted or buy shares through the employee stock ownership plan.
WinCo has been criticized by local United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which an ongoing boycott of WinCo. "Our ongoing boycott of WinCo has received support from residents all over the area. Once they understand the negative business practices used by this company, they applaud our efforts to rid them from our communities," said Jacques Loveall, Director of Organizing for UFCW 588.
Others have noted that Winco's wages are industry competitive, and the employee stock ownership program is a benefit that other grocery store employee do not receive.
2008-07-20 15:01:11 You can save some REAL money shopping at Winco , —Try them! :o) —188.8.131.52
2009-09-12 16:15:05 The store in our town (vacaville, ca) is always clean and the lines are, for the most part, pretty short! I've talked to the employees there and they always say how thankful they are to have enough hours to make good money instead of being cut to 2-3 days a week like some other grocery stores have had to do to their employees. And the prices they have there are unreal!! If you usually spend $200 on groceries, at Winco you will spend $120! With the economy like it is, Winco is a God-send!! Do yourself a favor and go check it out! —184.108.40.206
2010-07-08 10:50:15 I never had any problems with long lines shopping at this place (You want long lines? Try Safeway in South Davis in the evenings). Nor have i ever seen this place dirtier than others. Although it does get messy late at night when the night crew starts restocking shelves: pallets and box stacks everywhere. The place is a damn good deal for a great many things. —220.127.116.11 hm
2011-04-25 18:55:43 what a biased article —18.104.22.168
2011-04-26 19:44:52 Saying they're "anti-union" is manipulative. They are non-union. To the consumer, "non-union" means lower prices compared to a unionized grocery store. A few years ago I went to Winco and filled two carts for ~$250. I took my receipt to a unionized grocery store the next day. The total for the same purchases would have been over $400 Since then, we shop exclusively at non-union stores. —22.214.171.124
2011-05-06 16:38:58 I tried to clean up some of the terribly biased language in the article. I left in the blurb from Jacques Loveall, even though it's not really appropriate either. —126.96.36.199
2011-07-08 02:11:46 Winco is a scam. Dont believe all the Hype about Winco having the lowest prices because it doesnt. Me and my family did several shopping comparisons and found out that both Kroger and Smith Supermarket was less costly that Winco. Dont believe the Winco Hype. Winco is actually more expensive than many other Supermarkers. —188.8.131.52
2011-09-19 16:01:55 Im glad its non-union, it allows them to offer great prices. Whenever I go into a unionized grocery store I am amazed at how much things cost. I dont know anyone who works there but I like the concept of "employee owned".As far as food quality, price, cleanliness, inventory, I am completely satisfied. The only part of Winco I dont like is that it sometimes has long lines at the checkstand from all the other shoppers recognizing a bargain as well. —184.108.40.206
2012-04-04 08:17:59 Of course "non-union" stores have lower prices. That's the whole point. They are able to offer those low prices on the backs of the poor and vulnerable. Don't let low prices be your god. —220.127.116.11
2012-04-27 11:00:35 Yes people might get better deals on food and save a buck, but the employee that's non-union gets fired for any reason winco choses, and a check that does not pay for their family need's every two week's. Wow but just think, u bought a loaf of bread for .69¢,stop being selfish and look at the bigger picture, your loved one could be the employee. Without good paying jobs their is no economy, but people will still by that bread, it's all, and only about them and what great deal they got.....sad I think. —18.104.22.168
2012-07-12 13:11:15 You The savings in the bag. The employees health care is mostly paid by all of us while they collect from state basic health care plans. No pension to speak of. Comparison shop every week a better deal at some other store. —22.214.171.124
2012-07-12 13:12:59 Partly owned my ass. Im not going in to fire myself today just to stop me from getting a raise. you guys are Jack asses! —126.96.36.199
2013-04-23 23:18:01 Wow, even though it's been a year since someone commented I hope they receive this in an email. WinCo is an amazing place to work. Any union supporter will try to spread lies about how non-union stores will "fire you for any reason" blah, blah, blah. Truth is, there are state and federal laws that protect employees of non-union stores just as much as union. The difference is we don't have to pay an insane amount of money for a union rep that will keep even the most inept employee in a job when they don't deserve it. Just to let you know, I always made higher than my counterpart at Safeway or any other union stores. Our contracts at WinCo are based off Costco's union contract (the highest in the western states we operate in... fact). I made more money as a department head than an assistant store manager made working at one of Safeway's "A" stores, or whatever their highest tier is called. Hey guess what? My ESOP (Employee stock) is 100% free, and I'm rewarded for hard work and dedication, rather than almost solely on seniority. Have a great day! —188.8.131.52