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Old 12-06-2014, 06:00 PM   #21941
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That is nice JoAnn. Shrek and I have decided we want parties, not funerals. Shrek has his music for the party all picked out. I'm working on mine. I'll suggest to him he write his obit, I think he will quite like that idea.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:01 PM   #21942
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Just back from Costco...it was nuts!!!
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #21943
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JoAnn, my aunt wrote her own obit, but she wasn't as creative. I'm thinking she wrote it just to make sure it was the way SHE wanted it. Auntie T always was a bit of a control freak.


Addie, Shaw's, Price Chopper (hah - so misnamed!), Roche Brothers, all those bigger chains also have bigger prices. Won't even mention the MA Wegmans, since they plopped themselves into the very high-end neighborhoods and price accordingly. The only stores I found that had competitive prices were the odd chains and only-one store. Trader Joe's and Aldis are very close to MB's price points, and little, ol' Big Bunny in Southbridge actually beats them on a few items. The Bunny also has great loss-leader prices, but I still tend to shop MB every week.


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...The difference here compared to up north, stores here average much lower sales per store. Up north a grocery store doing 1 million a week is quite common, here it's pretty rare.
Taking main roads, I pass two grocery stores (and a now-closed Shaw's) on my 7 mile drive to Market Basket. There are also a couple little stores that are more expanded delis than full-service, but you can get your eggs/butter/milk/produce/bakery for the week if that's all you can get to. I could not believe how many Publix are in FL! At least one in every upscale area, sometimes only a mile or two away from each other. They are as ubiquitous as Dunkin' Donuts up here. Along one stretch of a state route they are across from each other. They get ya coming and going.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:21 PM   #21944
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I'm pretty much goofing off today. Feeling good, but don't want to push it. I did do a load of laundry, and I have every intention of making dinner. I'm just hoping the pork tenderloin I pulled out of the freezer Tuesday morning for Wednesday's dinner is OK. It's cryovac sealed and went directly to the fridge, so I'm pretty sure it's OK. But no chances - I don't have time to get sick again!
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:29 PM   #21945
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JoAnn, my aunt wrote her own obit, but she wasn't as creative. I'm thinking she wrote it just to make sure it was the way SHE wanted it. Auntie T always was a bit of a control freak.


Addie, Shaw's, Price Chopper (hah - so misnamed!), Roche Brothers, all those bigger chains also have bigger prices. Won't even mention the MA Wegmans, since they plopped themselves into the very high-end neighborhoods and price accordingly. The only stores I found that had competitive prices were the odd chains and only-one store. Trader Joe's and Aldis are very close to MB's price points, and little, ol' Big Bunny in Southbridge actually beats them on a few items. The Bunny also has great loss-leader prices, but I still tend to shop MB every week.



Taking main roads, I pass two grocery stores (and a now-closed Shaw's) on my 7 mile drive to Market Basket. There are also a couple little stores that are more expanded delis than full-service, but you can get your eggs/butter/milk/produce/bakery for the week if that's all you can get to. I could not believe how many Publix are in FL! At least one in every upscale area, sometimes only a mile or two away from each other. They are as ubiquitous as Dunkin' Donuts up here. Along one stretch of a state route they are across from each other. They get ya coming and going.
Within a 30 minute drive from my house you can reach 60 food lions, almost as many Harris teeters plus Lowes, Kroger and now publix. Now add to that Fresh Market, whole foods, earth fare, trader Joe's, aldi, super Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Target supercenter, and scattered independents. This is totally leaving out ethnic markets, which there are a ton of, even a Russian/Ukraine store. It's a wonder any of them make any money.
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Old 12-07-2014, 02:12 AM   #21946
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1) bakechef, your glut of grocery stores beats my glut of grocery stores!

2) When did Lowe's start selling groceries? The OH location our daughter works at doesn't do that.
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1) bakechef, your glut of grocery stores beats my glut of grocery stores!

2) When did Lowe's start selling groceries? The OH location our daughter works at doesn't do that.
It's a high end store for the Beaver population.
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #21948
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1) bakechef, your glut of grocery stores beats my glut of grocery stores!

2) When did Lowe's start selling groceries? The OH location our daughter works at doesn't do that.
Lowes (without the apostrophe) is a grocery store. Way way back Lowe's home improvement and Lowes Foods were started by the same family, they are now in no way related.


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Old 12-07-2014, 10:38 AM   #21949
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I bet that the only reason that Shaw's survives is because most of their stores are in densely populated areas like Boston with limited competition. We have SO many grocery stores here, it's kind of crazy, in my 5 mile commute alone I drive past 2 of my company and at least one of most of the others. One of our competitors has stores built within 1/2 to 1 mile from each other in some locations, you could walk from one to the other. These are pricey upscale stores.

The difference here compared to up north, stores here average much lower sales per store. Up north a grocery store doing 1 million a week is quite common, here it's pretty rare.
You are right. Shaw's is the only large grocery store in this community. Those that can afford it take the bus to Chelsea and a cab home with their groceries. If they own a car, they go to Chelsea for the Market Basket. They only go to Shaw's for a quick pickup of milk or some other once or twice forgotten item. They do not do their regular weekly shopping there.

Aside from their high prices, I don't like Shaw's because their store is always dirty.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:26 PM   #21950
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I just finished putting up some more sugar free chunky apple sauce.
I had 7 organic Fuji apples in the bottom drawer of the `fridge that were not so great for eating anymore (too soft), so I figured, I made all that apple sauce for other folks, but none for us! All we got was that little bit of extra that's always in the pot that won't fit into the jars. It's great with oatmeal!
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