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Old 01-11-2010, 08:22 PM
 
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Question Price Chopper - how?

I did a price comparison today at multiple stores in my area using a multitude of items, and I still just do not understand how Price Chopper can price their items so much higher even when they are "on sale" and still manage to stay in business! There's plenty of grocery stores where I live and all of them have a fairly close range in prices. Then there's PC, with prices AT LEAST a dollar more. Their sale price will be the top price for that item in the entire area, whether that item is on sale or not elsewhere. Yet, the place was packed today when I was checking out prices.

And it's not as if it has a better atmosphere or better employees/service. It's dirty, the employees are often rude, and right now they are shifting everything around on their aisles, which confuses and frustrates many of the customers (I heard plenty of them complaining today about no longer knowing where anything is). There are three other stores here that are better on all of those parts of the shopping experience.

Weird!
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Swell, Price Chopper just bought out one of our local stores. I can't wait until it jumps the shark in the manner you describe. My only other alternative is Squall-Mart.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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Unfortunately where I live we only have PriceChopper and Shaws. There is another lame market but I would not shop there because THEY jack things up because of it being in the 'poor side of town' (this is notorious in the supermarket industry...high costs in poorer areas where people have to use a bus or walk.

Anyhow, I just went to PC today and my bill was not too bad but I have been buying more store brands.

We usually go to Super Walmart which is 40 minutes drive each way but with winter and not wanting to waste gas & time we've been going back to PC.

I grew up with four supermarkets in my neighborhood so there was always some price war on. Here you rarely get that.

I have seen prices on some items at PC go up as much as 100% in the last year. Why are they charging 99 cent a bottle for seltzer water, for example? It used to be 3 for 99 cents. It's a damn shame someone can't regulate these places where we have only 1 or 2 choices of grocery stores.

When food costs more in Vermont than Metro NY something is screwed up.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: New York!
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I actually live an hour from you (Sch'dy) and completely agree. My parents shop at Price Chopper and their grocery bill is so much more than ours, for similar things. We shop Hannaford. We've tried a few times to shop PC and see how it compares and we always, always, always go above our budget when we do.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:11 PM
 
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It has a pact with the devil, lol.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Forty Fort
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I'm really fortunate to live in an area where we have a tremendous choice of markets. Within a 10-minute drive we have Price Chopper (3), Redner's (2), Gerrity's (2), WalMart Supercenter, Thomas' (2), Aldi (2) and Wegman's. I'll buy staples and non-perishables at WalMart, but their meat is unappetizing and their produce doesn't appeal to me. If I'm in a hurry and I'm in the mini-mall where Price Chopper is located, I might run in for one or two things (I do like their bagels), but I agree with the OP that they are far more expensive than the others, and that includes Wegman's, which is the ultimate in my book, for everything. From time to time, I'll wander through Aldi, because some of their off-brand stuff is okay, but lately not enough of a price differential to make me a weekly shopper.
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