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  1. #21
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On 27/09/2012 3:43 PM, ImStillMags wrote:

    > Andy is exactly correct. They move items and sections to keep
    > shoppers off balance so that you will have to walk more aisles and
    > look for things. That way you see more items and buy more on
    > impulse.
    >
    > Stores love impulse buyers. They hate shoppers with lists who sick
    > to their list.
    >


    There is a bit of a controversy here in Ontario lately. As a result of
    a gas station attendant being run over and killed a gasoline thief,
    the government is pushing for a law to require customers to pay before
    they pump. I guess it is not enough that there is already a law
    prohibiting station owners from deducting the cost of the stolen fuel
    from their pay, which should eliminate the incentive for those guys to
    run after them and put their lives in danger. Most of the gas companies
    are opposed to it. They argue that they don't make much money off the
    gasoline sales and they want the customers to come into the store
    because they buy so many other things there.


  2. #22
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    Bryan wrote:
    > On Sep 27, 11:50 am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >> "Andy" <a...@b.c> wrote in
    >> messagenews:[email protected]..
    >>> Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    >>
    >>> After years of knowing my supermarket aisles by heart, this
    >>> morning they were rearranging all the aisles.

    >>
    >>> I don't know if they're just getting started. I saw them
    >>> rearranging the cheese/butter/yogurt/cottage cheese cooler
    >>> shelves.

    >>
    >>> They didn't rearrange the milk/cream coolers as it is a noted
    >>> back row "fixture"

    >>
    >>> They also didn't separate the opposing chips and soda aisle.

    >>
    >>> The moved the deli to the "sideline" aisle.

    >>
    >>> With the addition of flowers and fruit baskets, etc., the
    >>> produce area aisles were severely altered. I was lost for
    >>> moment. More cramped twists and turns than ever.

    >>
    >>> I cut my shopping a handful of items short.

    >>
    >>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    >>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's what the
    >>> bosses want."

    >>
    >>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.

    >>
    >>> [Sigh]

    >>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> I hate it when they do that! I try to make my grocery list out in
    >> the order in which the aisles go. And that just doesn't work when
    >> they do stuff like that.

    >
    > The store where I shop most (Shop'n Save) has a bunch of different
    > layouts that are very dissimilar. There are a few different locations
    > where I shop often enough that I have to think, "OK, at this store the
    > breakfast cereal is..." When they make even minor changes, that adds
    > a whole nother layer of hassle,
    >
    > --Bryan


    What I really hate is when there is a chain of stores...say...Albertsons
    where each store is different. Not only a different layout but each one
    carries different things. One doesn't sell wheat grass but it does have an
    International section. I think they are creating competition to themselves
    because they have 4 stores that are all near me.



  3. #23
    Cheri Guest

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    "Ema Nymton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 9/27/2012 10:53 AM, Andy wrote:
    >
    >> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.
    >>
    >> [Sigh]
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    >
    > As a shopper, I hate it when they do that; I wast time walking around,
    > trying to find what I am looking for. I understand the store wants to
    > maximize sales, but why didn't they do that the first time around?
    >
    > They say, people spend more money when a store is reorganized, but it
    > makes me want to walk out the door. Of course I end up going back, because
    > I shop at that store for a reason.
    >
    > Becca


    I usually give them a time out for 2 or 3 weeks.

    Cheri



  4. #24
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Sep 27, 3:43*pm, ImStillMags <sitara8...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Sep 27, 12:10*pm, Andy <a...@b.c> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted, hoping
    > > you'll buy other products whether you care to or not.

    >
    > > That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil pushers!

    >
    > > Best,

    >
    > > Andy-

    >
    > Andy is exactly correct. * *They move items and sections to keep
    > shoppers off balance so that you will have to walk more aisles and
    > look for things. * That way you see more items and buy more on
    > impulse.
    >
    > Stores love impulse buyers. * *They hate shoppers with lists who sick
    > to their list.


    Stores must really hate me. I always take a list and stick to it. As
    far as stores like Target or Home Depot go, if I can't find what I'm
    after within 5 minutes of walking in the door I leave. I've always
    hated shopping. I like to get what I need and get out. I probably do
    90% of my shopping online now.

  5. #25
    Alan Holbrook Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    Andy <[email protected]> wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > "Cheri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>>
    >>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    >>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's what
    >>> the bosses want."
    >>>
    >>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.
    >>>
    >>> [Sigh]
    >>>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >>
    >> I really, really hate it when they do that, sometimes for
    >> no rhyme or reason except maybe some pencil pusher decided
    >> that a change would be nice...definitely not!
    >>
    >> Cheri

    >
    >
    >
    > Cheri,
    >
    > They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted, hoping
    > you'll buy other products whether you care to or not.
    >
    > That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil pushers!
    >
    > Best,
    >
    > Andy


    That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    successful and well run supermarket chain in the country, mandates that
    all its stores be laid out exactly the same, so that when you walk in to
    one, whether it's in Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly
    where everything is. And Publix fans tend to be as fanatical about the
    store as Red Sox fans used to be about their team.

    BTW, Wegmans recently opened a store in Massachusetts about 30 miles away
    from where I live. Too far away for regular shopping, but every once in
    a while, I go there for the same reasons I go to Disneyworld or 6 Flags.

  6. #26
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Sep 28, 3:45*am, Alan Holbrook <no.tha...@lets.not> wrote:
    > Andy <a...@b.c> wrote innews:[email protected]:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Cheri" <cher...@newsguy.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> "Andy" <a...@b.c> wrote in message
    > >>news:[email protected]..

    >
    > >>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    > >>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's what
    > >>> the bosses want."

    >
    > >>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.

    >
    > >>> [Sigh]

    >
    > >>> Andy

    >
    > >> I really, really hate it when they do that, sometimes for
    > >> no rhyme or reason except maybe some pencil pusher decided
    > >> that a change would be nice...definitely not!

    >
    > >> Cheri

    >
    > > Cheri,

    >
    > > They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted, hoping
    > > you'll buy other products whether you care to or not.

    >
    > > That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil pushers!

    >
    > > Best,

    >
    > > Andy

    >
    > That's not a universal marketing ploy. *Publix, possibly the most
    > successful and well run supermarket chain in the country, mandates that
    > all its stores be laid out exactly the same, so that when you walk in to
    > one, whether it's in Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly
    > where everything is. *And Publix fans tend to be as fanatical about the
    > store as Red Sox fans used to be about their team.
    >

    I remember liking their fried chicken.

    > BTW, Wegmans recently opened a store in Massachusetts about 30 miles away
    > from where I live. *Too far away for regular shopping, but every once in
    > a while, I go there for the same reasons I go to Disneyworld or 6 Flags.


    To girl watch? We have a Schnuck's near here that's like that. I
    know one guy who does most of his shopping elsewhere, but finds a
    reason to go by there for a few items just to look at the women. And
    no, that other guy isn't me.

    --Bryan

  7. #27
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    Alan Holbrook <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Andy <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:[email protected]:
    >
    >> "Cheri" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected]..
    >>>>
    >>>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    >>>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's
    >>>> what the bosses want."
    >>>>
    >>>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.
    >>>>
    >>>> [Sigh]
    >>>>
    >>>> Andy
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> I really, really hate it when they do that, sometimes for
    >>> no rhyme or reason except maybe some pencil pusher
    >>> decided that a change would be nice...definitely not!
    >>>
    >>> Cheri

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Cheri,
    >>
    >> They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted,
    >> hoping you'll buy other products whether you care to or
    >> not.
    >>
    >> That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil
    >> pushers!
    >>
    >> Best,
    >>
    >> Andy

    >
    > That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly
    > the most successful and well run supermarket chain in the
    > country, mandates that all its stores be laid out exactly
    > the same, so that when you walk in to one, whether it's in
    > Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly where
    > everything is. And Publix fans tend to be as fanatical
    > about the store as Red Sox fans used to be about their
    > team.
    >
    > BTW, Wegmans recently opened a store in Massachusetts about
    > 30 miles away from where I live. Too far away for regular
    > shopping, but every once in a while, I go there for the
    > same reasons I go to Disneyworld or 6 Flags.




    Alan,

    What I remember about shopping at Publix in Boynton Beach,
    Florida was the wretched heat and humidity from the car and
    back, into 115F. degrees driver's seat!!! ;-)

    Last amusement park? Knottsberry Farm. Wicked and leisure fun
    for the entire family. Your choice! ;-)

    Best,

    Andy

  8. #28
    The Other Guy Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:45:54 GMT, Alan Holbrook <[email protected]>
    wrote:


    >That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >successful and well run supermarket chain in the country,


    Is only in 5 out of 50 States, and none anywhere close to California.






    To reply by email, lose the Ks...


  9. #29
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(




    Some new and rising executive has to justify the job SOMEhow.
    When I lived in Publix territory, they were infamous for this -
    seemed like every nine months, like a new baby, they had rearranged.

    A map or guide on the wall or basket? Are ya kidding? "We want these
    schnooks to have to cover every inch of the store". It's called
    keeping the customer in mind.

  10. #30
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Sep 27, 1:14*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > On 27/09/2012 1:04 PM, Bryan wrote:
    >
    > > The store where I shop most (Shop'n Save) has a bunch of different
    > > layouts that are very dissimilar. *There are a few different locations
    > > where I shop often enough that I have to think, "OK, at this store the
    > > breakfast cereal is..." *When they make even minor changes, that adds
    > > a whole nother layer of hassle,

    >
    > My late brother in law was very anal. Being an engineer, everything had
    > to be in order and mapped out. He not only had maps of the shortest
    > routes to various grocery stores, but he had (almost) scale maps of the
    > stores and where various items were found. It threw him right off when
    > the stores moved things.


    He's like me. I even have parking strategies for diff. days and times
    - like, where the shade is, nearest cart corral, best fender bender
    defense etc., getting out the best exit trafficwise.


  11. #31
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    The Other Guy <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:45:54 GMT, Alan Holbrook <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >> successful and well run supermarket chain in the country,

    >
    > Is only in 5 out of 50 States, and none anywhere close to California.


    Do you know of a non-specialty (leaves out Whole Food$) grocery chain with
    stores in all 50 states? Most are regional or subregional.



  12. #32
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    "Nunya Bidnits" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > The Other Guy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:45:54 GMT, Alan Holbrook
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly
    >>> the most successful and well run supermarket chain in the
    >>> country,

    >>
    >> Is only in 5 out of 50 States, and none anywhere close to
    >> California.

    >
    > Do you know of a non-specialty (leaves out Whole Food$)
    > grocery chain with stores in all 50 states? Most are
    > regional or subregional.




    That's not a valid point.

    You are where you are.

    Take what you can get, so-to-speak.

    OR move!

    Andy

  13. #33
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:50:30 -0700 (PDT), Kalmia
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >
    >
    > Some new and rising executive has to justify the job SOMEhow.
    > When I lived in Publix territory, they were infamous for this -
    > seemed like every nine months, like a new baby, they had rearranged.


    Isn't that what every )big chain grocery store does? I used to have a
    Safeway just a short distance from me, so I was in there almost daily
    (very European) and they moved things around so much I felt like a
    once a month shopper. Often, even the employees didn't know where
    things had been put.
    >
    > A map or guide on the wall or basket? Are ya kidding? "We want these
    > schnooks to have to cover every inch of the store". It's called
    > keeping the customer in mind.


    I like to wander around and see what products are on the shelf, but I
    want to do it by choice - not because I'm hunting for something.

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

  14. #34
    jmcquown Guest

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    "Nunya Bidnits" wrote in message news:k4478s$ifh$[email protected]..

    The Other Guy <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:45:54 GMT, Alan Holbrook <no.tha[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >> successful and well run supermarket chain in the country,

    >
    > Is only in 5 out of 50 States, and none anywhere close to California.


    Do you know of a non-specialty (leaves out Whole Food$) grocery chain with
    stores in all 50 states? Most are regional or subregional.

    ***************
    Kroger. It goes under the guise of Ralph's on the west coast. Kroger has a
    lot of stores under a lot of different names. I don't know if they're in
    Hawaii or Alaska, so maybe only 48 states. But yes, they're everywhere.

    Jill


  15. #35
    jmcquown Guest

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    "Kalmia" wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...

    Some new and rising executive has to justify the job SOMEhow.
    When I lived in Publix territory, they were infamous for this -
    seemed like every nine months, like a new baby, they had rearranged.

    A map or guide on the wall or basket? Are ya kidding? "We want these
    schnooks to have to cover every inch of the store". It's called
    keeping the customer in mind.

    *********************
    Love the sarcasm I've only seen Publix do the shuffle once in five
    years. Even the employees didn't know why they were doing it.

    They moved the block cheeses away from the shredded cheeses, so you have to
    walk across the store to a different refrigerated case to find a block of
    cheddar or Swiss. I can understand the strategy but it bugs me no end. I
    am not an "impulse" shopper. I very rarely buy anything that isn't on the
    list. I want to get in, get out as quickly as possible. Rearranging
    everything doesn't make me buy more, it simply annoys me.

    Jill


  16. #36
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On 9/28/2012 9:53 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    > "Nunya Bidnits" wrote in message news:k4478s$ifh$[email protected]..
    >
    > The Other Guy <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:45:54 GMT, Alan Holbrook <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >>> successful and well run supermarket chain in the country,

    >>
    >> Is only in 5 out of 50 States, and none anywhere close to California.

    >
    > Do you know of a non-specialty (leaves out Whole Food$) grocery chain with
    > stores in all 50 states? Most are regional or subregional.
    >
    > ***************
    > Kroger. It goes under the guise of Ralph's on the west coast. Kroger
    > has a lot of stores under a lot of different names. I don't know if
    > they're in Hawaii or Alaska, so maybe only 48 states. But yes, they're
    > everywhere.


    None in NJ, though I was surprised to see they own jewelry chains.
    (not gold chains!)

    nancy



  17. #37
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Sep 28, 10:05*am, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > "Kalmia" *wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    > Some new and rising executive has to justify the job SOMEhow.
    > When I lived in Publix territory, they were infamous for this -
    > seemed like every nine months, like a new baby, they had rearranged.
    >
    > A map or guide on the wall or basket? *Are ya kidding? *"We want these
    > schnooks to have to cover every inch of the store". *It's called
    > keeping the customer in mind.
    >
    > *********************
    > Love the sarcasm *I've only seen Publix do the shuffle once in five
    > years. *Even the employees didn't know why they were doing it.
    >
    > They moved the block cheeses away from the shredded cheeses, so you have to
    > walk across the store to a different refrigerated case to find a block of
    > cheddar or Swiss. *I can understand the strategy but it bugs me no end.*I
    > am not an "impulse" shopper. *I very rarely buy anything that isn't on the
    > list. *I want to get in, get out as quickly as possible. *Rearranging
    > everything doesn't make me buy more, it simply annoys me.
    >
    > Jill


    Agree - anyone at Publix reading this?
    I don't think it's fun at all to cruise the aisles either - I stick to
    my list
    and leave.

    Yeah - I remember the cheese shuffle. I once took the time to price
    per ounce of the Swiss and had to visit 3 locations. Annoy-ING.

  18. #38
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On Sep 28, 4:45*am, Alan Holbrook <no.tha...@lets.not> wrote:
    > Andy <a...@b.c> wrote innews:[email protected]:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Cheri" <cher...@newsguy.com> wrote:

    >
    > >> "Andy" <a...@b.c> wrote in message
    > >>news:[email protected]..

    >
    > >>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    > >>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's what
    > >>> the bosses want."

    >
    > >>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.

    >
    > >>> [Sigh]

    >
    > >>> Andy

    >
    > >> I really, really hate it when they do that, sometimes for
    > >> no rhyme or reason except maybe some pencil pusher decided
    > >> that a change would be nice...definitely not!

    >
    > >> Cheri

    >
    > > Cheri,

    >
    > > They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted, hoping
    > > you'll buy other products whether you care to or not.

    >
    > > That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil pushers!

    >
    > > Best,

    >
    > > Andy

    >
    > That's not a universal marketing ploy. *Publix, possibly the most
    > successful and well run supermarket chain in the country, mandates that
    > all its stores be laid out exactly the same, so that when you walk in to
    > one, whether it's in Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly
    > where everything is.


    Aw, not so. A new Publix went up near me once and it was hardly a
    match to another I knew of. Having a different size lot to build on,
    I can see where they do have to change the layout. I can live with
    that, but it's the frequent rearranging that kills me.

    As to being well run, I found that the employees are afraid to make
    waves. An employee suggestion plan would be unthought of, I bet.

  19. #39
    George Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    On 9/28/2012 10:50 AM, Kalmia wrote:
    > On Sep 28, 4:45 am, Alan Holbrook <no.tha...@lets.not> wrote:
    >> Andy <a...@b.c> wrote innews:[email protected]:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>> "Cheri" <cher...@newsguy.com> wrote:

    >>
    >>>> "Andy" <a...@b.c> wrote in message
    >>>> news:[email protected]..

    >>
    >>>>> I asked one of the staff, "the old aisle pattern was so
    >>>>> logical, why change it?" He shrugged and said "that's what
    >>>>> the bosses want."

    >>
    >>>>> I felt bad for the staff AND shoppers.

    >>
    >>>>> [Sigh]

    >>
    >>>>> Andy

    >>
    >>>> I really, really hate it when they do that, sometimes for
    >>>> no rhyme or reason except maybe some pencil pusher decided
    >>>> that a change would be nice...definitely not!

    >>
    >>>> Cheri

    >>
    >>> Cheri,

    >>
    >>> They want you to spend more time, getting re-adjusted, hoping
    >>> you'll buy other products whether you care to or not.

    >>
    >>> That's the way I figure the changes. Shrewd pencil pushers!

    >>
    >>> Best,

    >>
    >>> Andy

    >>
    >> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >> successful and well run supermarket chain in the country, mandates that
    >> all its stores be laid out exactly the same, so that when you walk in to
    >> one, whether it's in Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly
    >> where everything is.

    >
    > Aw, not so. A new Publix went up near me once and it was hardly a
    > match to another I knew of. Having a different size lot to build on,
    > I can see where they do have to change the layout. I can live with
    > that, but it's the frequent rearranging that kills me.



    And you will also see that in situations where one store buys out
    another store. In my area one regional bought out another regional. The
    one store had a different setup for the frozen food and deli (expensive
    to reset) than the other which forces how other stuff is arranged. They
    converted to the same color scheme and tried to make the stores look
    like their others but they are different.

    >
    > As to being well run, I found that the employees are afraid to make
    > waves. An employee suggestion plan would be unthought of, I bet.
    >



  20. #40
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Do the Supermarket Shuffle! :-(

    "George" wrote in message news:k44ebj$1kl$[email protected]..

    On 9/28/2012 10:50 AM, Kalmia wrote:
    > On Sep 28, 4:45 am, Alan Holbrook <no.tha...@lets.not> wrote:
    >> Andy <a...@b.c> wrote innews:[email protected]:
    >> That's not a universal marketing ploy. Publix, possibly the most
    >> successful and well run supermarket chain in the country, mandates that
    >> all its stores be laid out exactly the same, so that when you walk in to
    >> one, whether it's in Florida or Georgia or wherever, you know exactly
    >> where everything is.

    >
    > Aw, not so. A new Publix went up near me once and it was hardly a
    > match to another I knew of. Having a different size lot to build on,
    > I can see where they do have to change the layout. I can live with
    > that, but it's the frequent rearranging that kills me.



    And you will also see that in situations where one store buys out
    another store. In my area one regional bought out another regional. The
    one store had a different setup for the frozen food and deli (expensive
    to reset) than the other which forces how other stuff is arranged. They
    converted to the same color scheme and tried to make the stores look
    like their others but they are different.
    ******************
    I think it was Albertson's that bought out the Memphis family store,
    Seessel's. I needed some ground pork to make the crab & pork dumplings for
    New Years Eve, 2000. The butcher said he wasn't allowed to grind his own
    pork. He said the stupid Albertson's management didn't trust butchers to
    clean the grinders between different types of meat. He said you'll have to
    buy that (he pointed off to the cold case) pre-packaged ground pork. I
    said, "Uh.... I don't need that much. Maybe I'll just go to another store."

    He got indignant. Not towards me! He said, "I've been a butcher for 20
    years! I always clean the grinder between grinding meats. How much ground
    pork do you need?" He printed out a label that didn't say it was ground
    pork. Just "meat". So I could get it past the scanner at checkout without
    his bosses knowing he'd ground something other than beef. I AM NOT MAKING
    THIS UP. A butcher with 20 years experience, they didn't trust to clean the
    grinder. He was really upset about it. Lots of the employees who were
    sucked up in the takeover didn't stick around. Albertson's didn't last long
    there.

    Jill
    Jill


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