This excerpt taken from the SWY DEF 14A filed Mar 27, 2009.
THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The undersigned, having received the Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement dated March 27, 2009, appoints Steven A. Burd and Robert A. Gordon, and each or either of them as Proxies, with full power of substitution, to represent and vote all the shares of Common Stock which the undersigned may be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at the Corporate Offices of Safeway Inc., 5918 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton, California on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., Pacific time, or at any and all adjournments or postponements thereof, with all powers which the undersigned would possess if personally present.
THE SHARES REPRESENTED BY THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED IN THE MANNER DIRECTED HEREIN BY THE UNDERSIGNED. IF NO DIRECTION IS GIVEN, THE PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR ALL NOMINEES LISTED UNDER ITEM (1), FOR THE PROPOSAL DESCRIBED IN ITEM (2), AND AGAINST THE STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS DESCRIBED IN ITEMS (3), (4), AND (5), ALL OF SAID ITEMS BEING MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS AND THE ACCOMPANYING PROXY STATEMENT, AND, IN THE DISCRETION OF THE PROXIES, ON OTHER MATTERS THAT MAY PROPERLY BE PRESENTED AT THE MEETING. IF ANY OF THE NAMED NOMINEES SHOULD BECOME UNAVAILABLE PRIOR TO THE ANNUAL MEETING, THE PROXY WILL BE VOTED FOR ANY SUBSTITUTE NOMINEE OR NOMINEES DESIGNATED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. THE UNDERSIGNED RATIFIES AND CONFIRMS ALL THAT SAID PROXIES OR THEIR SUBSTITUTES MAY LAWFULLY DO BY VIRTUE HEREOF.