More on Supermarkets

Saturday, April 18, 2009

More on Supermarkets

Had occasion to be out East earlier today, and took the opportunity to acquaint myself with the new Stop&Shop.

Wow! What a pleasure to walk into a super­market and smell good smells... really good smells!

Stop & Shop totem

Yeah yeah, so the store just opened yes­terday, but honest-to-Betty Ann Iseman, it was wonderful!

Did a little shopping... a whole $23.50 worth... because I found brands and items that no one else can be bothered to stock.

For instance, Hillshire Farms Deli Select Pas­trami, which item Waldbaum's made a con­scious decision to discontinue some years ago!

A decade back it was $1.99 (often 3/$5 on sale) and that was one of the trio of Hillshire Farms sandwich meats I lived on during my WeightWatchers days.

This morning it was 2/$5 on sale, so like all else, it's gone up1... but they do stock it!

They've also got the varieties of B&M Baked Beans that we like, as well as other items that for some reason I haven't found elsewhere.

The jury's still out on one thing... I got a six-carrier of Woodchuck Cider for a pretty good price, and when I got home discovered that I'd been charged 30¢ for bottle deposits despite there being no "NY" on that part of the label!

Be interesting to see if they return the nickel deposits when I take the empties back... I've kept my register receipt in case!

And back to Sunset Avenue...

...inevitably where any discussion of local food-shopping must lead.

Stopped in briefly yesterday afternoon to re­turn some deposit cans and bottles, and see if the rumors of a major overhaul were accurate.

Overhaul? Hardly!

But yes, there were indications that some sort of Spring Cleaning had been attempted, and the store certainly looked the better for it.

It remains to be seen whether this rehab effort stays on track or the moment the "Summer People" arrive in force, it's back to dirty aisles, decaying meat and desiccated produce.

Levan's Legionettes...

One wonders how in a Village this size the Em­press of Oneck thought she could pull this off without someone spilling the beans!

It became increasingly apparent during Wed­nesday's Waldbaum's gripe session that the bulk of the Levan Legionette's were nothing more than props to fill the first three rows on one side of the room.

D'Agostino shopping bag

A little poking around suggests that most of those recruited for the meeting have little if any experience with the local Wald­baum's, and that their idea of food shopping is picking up the 'phone, calling the local D'Agostino, and having it delivered to their apartment!

It's all pre-election eyewash.

Note
  1. And before anyone else says it, so have I!

Comments

1. Matlynn Carville said...

It's Saturday, and it's business as usual. I went in for some "clamshelled" herbs (packaged in a stay fresh plastic container). These generally have an excellent shelf life.

I suppose Waldbaum's knows the Empress' minions and their staff are out of town today, for the herbs were shriveled and browned. It was ugly. I left.

"It was ugly. I left." A Hemingway fan, eh?
Dean

2. JoAnn said...

Did they have your varity of Veg-All?

M'Gawd! I forgot to look! Thank you for the reminder.
Dean

3. Susan said...

Wow, you called that one!!!

4. The Mink said...

And speaking of ripping off the locals... How come nobody complains about that eyesore of an abandoned gas station that welcomes all to our fair Village, that could, if wrested from the control of the greedy Valero owners across the intersection, create some downward price pressures for fueling our already bleeding community? It also offers visitors a "business closed" preview for what they will find on Main Street.

That's a rather dour view, though one I understand.

But I wouldn't call the Valero owners "greedy." They provide a service and people are free to patronize them or not.

Was a time I can recall six (6!) gasoline vendors within the Village limits (and another immediately across the highway) back when they were known as "service stations."
– Dean

5. Jeanne Speir said...

THIS I figured deserved sharing -- just got through an E-mail from a buddy:

"I think our local Waldbaum's had already advanced to the punchline some years ago... A new supermarket opened in Kansas City, MO. It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain. When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mown hay. In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions. When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying. The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread and cookies. I don't buy toilet paper there any more."

Ho ho!
Dean

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