A consumer report survey of customers’ favorite and least favorite
grocery stores was just published
and the two grocery stores where I shop were
on the top five and bottom five lists.
I wholly concur with the findings.
Trader Joe’s was in the top five; actually, it was second
from the top. I love my Trader Joe’s and I’m so fortunate to have one within
walking distance. As a matter of fact, it’s a block from the church where I
sing, so I hit TJ’s twice a week.
The staff are ever so friendly. You can just tell that every
employee is happy to be there and it shows. Also, there are plenty of staff on
hand. If you find yourself searching for an item, a chirpy employee will
magically appear to help. If check-out lines become the least bit crowded, a
bell rings and several workers leap into place behind cash registers and beckon
you into their queue.
And the prices! Oh, you’ll love Trader Joe’s for the prices.
Most of the items are their own brand, from the frozen foods to the wine, the
prices are remarkably low. Frozen food entrees for $2.49 are common. Their wines
are $2.99 a bottle and often score surprisingly high at wine tasting
And there’s a whimsical side to Trader Joe’s that I enjoy. Italian
food items will be under the name, “Trader Giotto’s”. Mexican will be “Trader
Jose’s”. Their brand of Cheerios is “Joey-O’s”. Very cute, indeed.
My Texan friends and family will soon have TJ’s opening up
near them. Stores are already open in Dallas and Houston. One is opening in San
Antonio very soon with plans for additional Texan stores to follow.
At the bottom of the survey is Jewel-Osco. I can vouch for
When I need to go to a regular-type of grocery store, there’s
a Jewel nearby. It’s crowded, messy, and their produce aisle is often picked
clean. It’s not uncommon to find one lonely, bruised banana or just a few
squished grapes available. Don’t bother looking for someone to assist. If you
want something from the deli, be prepared to send up a flare in order to get
their attention. When it’s time to check out, you may find a line so long that
there are Cro-Magnons near the front of it.
As I write this, I have to laugh, though.
Millions of people in Africa would be grateful for a meal of
cold yam paste while typical Americans bang on their high chairs when we have to
wait more than five minutes to pay for our bounty.
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