Originally posted by michaelgemmell
By the time I moved here it was no longer a Petrini's, which is what you were describing. The last Petrini's was at Stonestown, and has been "replaced" with one of those chain bookstores with the "coffee shops" that only sell coffee.
"Petrini's" was what all the locals called it, but the official name--such as was on my check-cashing card--was Faletti Brothers. The term "Petrini's" was generally used for the overall marketplace whereas I think Faletti Bros. was just the general grocery section since the meat, poultry and other sections were independently owned and operated. I have never been to any other "Petrini's" though I knew about them so I don't know if they are the same and I don't know what the connection with the Fulton/Masonic spot was, if any (other than, perhaps, historic).
Anyway, I can't agree that the Albertson's is "awful". Like I said, they do carry some products I am familiar with from the Southeast (where they have a lot of stores) that I can't get elsewhere in SF and my routes about town take me past there often enough that it's sometimes the most convenient place to drop in and pick up something. The alternative, for me, would be the Safeway at Geary and Webster which I don't care for and only use in a pinch. As you well know, there's plenty of public housing nearby there, the residents of which aften don't seem to care for people of my ethnicity and I have had a number of scary confrontations, in the store and in the parking lot. So I go to Albertson's more than I might.
Incidentally, while I blend in better at Molly Stone's, and I like their product mix and helpful staff, some of their Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow customer base can be as obnoxious as the Geary Safeway crowd and I don't call their prices "cheap".
Anyway, I mostly shop at the Market St. Safeway, but each of the other stores have enough to offer for me, including, I might as well add, "It's It," that I sometimes use them and don't find any of them "awful".