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Old 08-30-2020, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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This was my feeling while living in Denver as well. King Soopers was far and away the worst chain I ever shopped at anywhere I lived. Ultimately, after about a year, I stopped shopping at my local KS (Off Quebec in Stapleton/Central Park), and split my time between Sprouts on Colfax and the Super Target on Northfield (to get brand name non perishables). Never thought I would be one of those people who went to two different stores, but KS drove me to it. Now that I can shop at a large and very well managed HEB again, I only make the one trip. I think management has a lot to do with chain and individual store quality, and that was probably my biggest complaint with my local KS.
after they opened Eastbridge, the Quebec Street KS got a lot better, because it wasn't so massively overwhelmed
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Old 08-30-2020, 10:00 AM
 
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As I've noted in prior threads, King Soopers stores vary enormously. The one nearest me, and one just a little further away, are clean and pleasant and well-stocked and well lit, with decent staff.

But there are two not much further away that I'll never set foot in again. Difficult parking, dirty, smell bad, dim lighting, poor selection even before covid, pushy clientele and crappy staff. Hard to believe they're part of the same chain.

So unless you only shop at stores you can walk to, anyone who's had trouble with a KS should try others within their range.
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Old 08-30-2020, 12:21 PM
 
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I first had it on a lovely piece of avocado toast at a little coffee shop in Ouray. My son told me what it was and where to get it. We're all addicted to it now.
I really Tajin seasoning on Avocado toast. will have to look into the bagel seasoning thing.
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Old 08-30-2020, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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after they opened Eastbridge, the Quebec Street KS got a lot better, because it wasn't so massively overwhelmed
I do believe that and, of course, I did not have the benefit of living there when there was an Eastbridge store, so I'll concede that point. However, a lot of my issues with KS had to do with management and operations. My two biggest pet peeves with the store were the fact that they stock at busy times during the day (IMO, stocking should be done primarily overnight with a specific crew), and I often came across expired (or nearly expired) items. Those are management issues at the store level. And Theblig's comments below about the variability between stores in close proximity leads me to believe their district/regional management is not so great either.

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As I've noted in prior threads, King Soopers stores vary enormously.

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Old 08-30-2020, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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A little background.

When I moved here in 1980, the grocery market shares were:
38% King Soopers - locally owned. Store managers had a lot of authority. Lloyd King would not die until 1998.
25% Safeway - California controlled. Not responsive to customer desires.
15% Albertsons - whatever. Similar to Safeway, but with a better logo.
small% AGA - mostly in smaller towns.

No:
Whole Foods
Walmarts with food
Sprouts
TJ's

Colorado and Denver were just weird compared with other parts of country where a huge market share was 10%.
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Old 08-30-2020, 01:26 PM
 
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Maybe I’ve just been fortunate, but I have no complaints about my local KS.
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Old 08-30-2020, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I do believe that and, of course, I did not have the benefit of living there when there was an Eastbridge store, so I'll concede that point. However, a lot of my issues with KS had to do with management and operations. My two biggest pet peeves with the store were the fact that they stock at busy times during the day (IMO, stocking should be done primarily overnight with a specific crew), and I often came across expired (or nearly expired) items. Those are management issues at the store level. And Theblig's comments below about the variability between stores in close proximity leads me to believe their district/regional management is not so great either.
I don't remember the exact details but someone I know who works for KS said that before the Eastbridge store opened, the Quebec St store had the highest volume per square foot (or something along those lines) of any KS in the state.

So I think that the reality was that they simply could not keep up and had to do things like restock during the day, because even with overnight stocking the shelves would be too empty at some point during regular shopping hours to wait until overnight.

Not saying that makes it any less frustrating to shop at, and I never went there myself either, although I did go to other KS locations.
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Old 08-30-2020, 03:35 PM
 
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So I think that the reality was that they simply could not keep up and had to do things like restock during the day, because even with overnight stocking the shelves would be too empty at some point during regular shopping hours to wait until overnight.
Well, not an issue, or at least was not before COVID. My KS frequently had shrink-wrapped pallets all over the store, blocking aisles and filling "turnaround" areas like that in front of dairy walls. It was a huge PITA and I fail to see why such major restocking couldn't be done at night.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:26 PM
 
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Well, not an issue, or at least was not before COVID. My KS frequently had shrink-wrapped pallets all over the store, blocking aisles and filling "turnaround" areas like that in front of dairy walls. It was a huge PITA and I fail to see why such major restocking couldn't be done at night.
I'm not sure it will ever be a problem for me again - even before COVID, I did grocery pick up sometimes. Now I'm not sure I'll ever go back to going in person! Well, at least for larger scale shopping trips. I'm sure I'll run in from time to time to pick up a few items here and there. But I love showing up and having all my packages put into my car and heading on home. I would still go to Sprouts in person, since it's nicer to pick my own produce. But for a big KS order a couple of times a month? I could very easily see never doing that again myself.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:39 PM
 
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I'm not sure it will ever be a problem for me again - even before COVID, I did grocery pick up sometimes. Now I'm not sure I'll ever go back to going in person! Well, at least for larger scale shopping trips. I'm sure I'll run in from time to time to pick up a few items here and there. But I love showing up and having all my packages put into my car and heading on home. I would still go to Sprouts in person, since it's nicer to pick my own produce. But for a big KS order a couple of times a month? I could very easily see never doing that again myself.
Ditto. I haven’t been inside a King Soopers since March, and I’ll probably continue using curbside pickup even after they reinstate the fee. I love cooking and gardening, but I hate grocery shopping. So much easier to just place an order.
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