Monday, June 13, 2011

Grocery Stores on my Sh*t List

I find that Mondays can be the most frantic work days of the week. I spend the weekend thinking about what needs to get done and then Monday morning, I’m wound up like a top ready to be spun. This is mostly true when deadlines are coming closer. I almost don’t want Friday to come (isn’t that sad?) for fear that I won’t have enough done by then.

Luckily, aside from the second half of yesterday, I didn’t have that much time to think about work this weekend. We wasted an inordinate amount of time grocery shopping on Sunday at a supermarket recently under new ownership that is a bit out of our way (10 min drive).

I was like a kid in a candy store in that place – so much produce at ridiculous prices. Heirloom tomatoes $1.50/lb? What? Watermelon 10 cents/lb? A big cantaloupe melon for 99 cents? Which makes me very suspicious.

Lure me in with your cheap prices and then pull the switcheroo.

I can’t tell you how this has been bugging me since yesterday. Which is retarded. It’s just that I don’t like getting attached to a supermarket, learning where stuff is in the aisles, getting down a routine, only to be betrayed later.

It’s possible that they are new owners and think these prices are sustainable and are clueless to managing a store. Possible. But I tend to think it’s Bait and Switch. “Come to our grand reopening! Look how awesome we are!” and then in a couple months, they’ll jack up the prices to be the same as everyone else.

And then I’ll have to go back to Henry’s which pisses me off an a regular basis with their selection (No orzo? Really? No sliced prosciutto  in the deli?) and their baggers. Saturday afternoon I was there for 6 things, the highly skilled bagger put them in three different bags (seriously?) and then failed to bag two packages of blueberries (which I paid for). A fact I didn’t realize until the next morning, after a 13 mile run, when I attempted to make blueberry pancakes.

I was miffed, to say the least. This was only a few days after finding that a carton of ricotta (the deal where they must pack and weigh it at the store since it’s in the deli plastic containers) that hadn’t yet been opened, had a sell by date of 6/15, purchased a few days earlier, was already spoiled. 

Henry’s is on my last nerve. Anyone else with irrational thoughts/attachments to grocery stores?

2 comments:

  1. OMG are we related? No seriously. This is going to sound nuts (because it is) but I have gotten mad enough in a store that I have left the cart in the middle of an aisle with groceries still in it and walked out. Yeeeaaaahhhhh, not my finest moment.

    Ooohhhh what new store did you go to? The old Boney's that is now Earthgrown? I only ask because my Mom just told me about it and said they have a ton of produce.

    Why doesn't Henry's (or our crap a$$ Vons) have orzo? Our Henry's is super old and doesn't have a whole lot either. I have to drive a good 10-15 to get to a "good" one. We have Whole Foods down the street but the prices are absurd. We have a pretty good farmers market on Weds nights for fruit and such, but other than that I have to store hop. Exhausting

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  2. Love this post! I got to about 5 different grocery stores whenever possible so I can get the best deals / exactly what I want. Generally it's a combo of Ralphs, Trader Joes, Target, and Henry's. For the past few months I have been trying to eat dried beans for several meals a week because they are so danged cheap!

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