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winterconnie Feb 22, 5:25 p.m.
Publix is the best as far as I am concerned. When I go to Florida, I wish I could take this store hime to NC.
Nancy Feb 22, 4:02 p.m.
"Several people at my office shop at Harris Teeter so they can use the plastic grocery bags to take their lunch to work. They like to impress the staff. "
That's a pitiful group of people you work with. I use recycle bags from IKEA, paid 59 cents each for them, I don't 'collect' anyone's plastic bags.
Nancy Feb 22, 3:58 p.m.
"Stop & Shop is #12 on the The Fiscal Times list of "Top 12 Worst Grocery Chains." Incidentally, Food Lion came in #8, and Walmart at #2."
Wow, that far below FL and I thought FL's was pretty bad :(
Terkel Feb 22, 3:34 p.m.
I once bought a big bag of chicken quarters at FL and when I opened it, was hit hard with the smell of chlorine bleach. Needless to say I didn't use it. It kinda messes up any savings you might have when you have to throw out ten pounds of meat.
superman Feb 22, 3:21 p.m.
Several people at my office shop at Harris Teeter so they can use the plastic grocery bags to take their lunch to work. They like to impress the staff. I like to shop at Food Lion and have cash in my pocket. I am way pass the age of trying to impress people with shoes or high priced grocery stores. I bought about 15 pounds of T-bone steak from Food Lion at $4.99 a pound last week. Saved about $100 off the regular price.
Wags Feb 22, 3:20 p.m.
from an article called the 12 Worst Supermarkets in America (you can Google it)
Despite its slogan “Great Food. Low Prices. Friendly Service,” Stop & Shop received only slightly-above average marks when it came to cleanliness, but mediocre scores on price, the quality of meat and produce, and service, which is to say, they’re not necessarily doing anything wrong, but they’re not doing much right.
Read more at http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Media/Slideshow/2012/04/13/12-Worst-Supermarkets-in-America.aspx#XjEMJcRmOzGJEhJp.99
westernwake1 Feb 22, 3:19 p.m.
"There is only one answer: WEGMANS" - frogger
Wegmans is great. I wish we had one locally.
buford Feb 22, 3:18 p.m.
I'll miss the HT deli rolls. That is about it. -awr117
HT has thee BEST deli rolls...the individual ones...they are pricey $.79 a piece but worth it. Like a real NY kiser roll...
rushbot Feb 22, 3:17 p.m.
Was there not a Stop and Shop over in Cary by the shiny diner back in the early to mid 90s..I am pretty sure that was the name..it was nasty, so I can't believe it is comin' back...must be another chain..
awr117 Feb 22, 3:14 p.m.
I'll miss the HT deli rolls. That is about it.
superman Feb 22, 3:12 p.m.
westernwake1 Smart shoppers can always check the expiration date. The grocery stores that I patronize have been using scanners for several years. Maybe some grocery stores in the country where you live might not have scanners. Some items also carry the creation date that will give you an idea of how long it has been on the shelf. Most of the time it says the product is best if used before a certain date. Most people if they have it at home on the shelf will use it anyway depending on the item. I drink milk all the day that is pass the date.
Holy Carp. Feb 22, 3:07 p.m.
I'll miss the Teeter. I just hope the replacement has an equal or better "adult beverage" section.
ncwolf08 Feb 22, 3:04 p.m.
WRAL had a story a few weeks back which listed the worst Supermarkets in America. I read it...It listed Stop and Shop as one of the worst in the country...dirty, poor quality meats and vegetables. I am sorry...but, I do not want to have to worry where my food came from. WRAL, please run the article again and enlighten these people. Be careful what you ask for.
rushbot Feb 22, 3:04 p.m.
I shop several different chains..we are fortunate that we have several chains competing, so I rarely pay full price for anything at the Tweeter..or Lowes..or Food Doggie..or Krogers..we have 2 freezers in the garage and several shelve units too..I call it investing in food..almost all of us must buy food..it is much better to buy a group when it's a deal..you "make" whatever the savings would be as a return on investment and pay no income taxes!!!
frogger Feb 22, 2:59 p.m.
There is only one answer: WEGMANS
Footflash Feb 22, 2:58 p.m.
That's great. I ran across this the other day.
Well, at least Stop-N-Shop is only the 12th worst. Bye bte HT. We hardly knew ye.
NewToMe Feb 22, 2:56 p.m.
"Food is food,who cares,you pretty much get the same thing with a different name. You eat food,unlike these stupid shows where they spend 4 hours making it into a piece of art work and 2 minutes to eat it." Uhavenoclu
Hmmm... your name should be Ihavenoclu
Uhavenoclu Feb 22, 2:49 p.m.
Food is food,who cares,you pretty much get the same thing with a different name.
You eat food,unlike these stupid shows where they spend 4 hours making it into a piece of art work and 2 minutes to eat it.
smcallah Feb 22, 2:39 p.m.
Forget Harris Teeter, I want Big Star back.
miyata Feb 22, 2:37 p.m.
happy2.0- A Publix is being built at the corner of High House and Davis Drive in Cary. I can' wait until it is finished.
I like the sound of that.
DangYankee Feb 22, 2:35 p.m.
Just for clarity sake, it's Stop & Shop's OWNERS that are interested; it doesn't mean it will be a Stop & Shop (but a good chance that it will). It's a Belgian company (Delhaize Group) that is the parent of Food Lion - the lion logo is the same, and the Delhaize stores are WONDERFUL.
Besides, as others have put it, why should you have to pay 50% more for a standard, brand name food item, just because it's a higher end store. I bought a box of Sugar Free Jell-o at WalMart that was $0.66/box versus $0.99 at HT - don't you want YOUR money to go further to feed your family? Both Whole Foods and Fresh Market can be cheaper than some items, specifically produce, in HT. Price and demand, baby.
westernwake1 Feb 22, 2:31 p.m.
"Sometimes quality over price is important. But the items I buy at the store are 10-20% more at HT than Kroger or FL, why should I buy them at HT? I will pay more for genuine quality difference, but a box of Wheaties is the same in both stores so why is one place so much more?" - anti-Mako II
Do you want cheese without mold growing on it? Do you want Wheaties that have not been stored in some warehouse for two years? Do you want meat that actually has not been recalled? Do you want a cashier who can actually check you out and get all the prices right?
If yes then shop at Harris Teeter. If no, go to some discount grocery store - I'm sure sure 20% savings will be worth it.
miyata Feb 22, 2:31 p.m.
Shoprite hands down blows everything away....spccomputech
Love Shoprite...I sure do miss it.
miyata Feb 22, 2:30 p.m.
"Geez, it is just a grocery store."
Exactly. You would think that oxygen is going to quit being produced.....NeilNBob
@ NeilNBob HA...LOL. Now this is funny!
sbr1963 Feb 22, 2:29 p.m.
I like shopping at HT but their prices are much higher than the other chains. I grew up with Kroger and find myself there more and more and they still are not the least expensive grocery store in the area. I don't care for Food Lion and Lowe's is ok. Will go to Lowe's in a pinch.
buford Feb 22, 2:27 p.m.
"Geez, it is just a grocery store."
Exactly. You would think that oxygen is going to quit being produced - NeilNBob
Pac-Man Feb 22, 2:24 p.m.
This will ruin Harris Teeter. Please don't sell.
babscash Feb 22, 2:24 p.m.
I love HT. I use coupons and buy the BOGO items if it's something I need. I usually get 50% off my bottom line everytime I go in the store so I'm happy with them.
jedidug2 Feb 22, 2:22 p.m.
A box of wheaties might be the same in each store. But there is a difference in how those products are handled in the back. I used to do inventory in grocery stores. HT has the cleanest back room. Nothing sits on the floor. everything sits on pallets or shelves. Kroger is pretty good too. The nastiest store I ever did was Winn Dixie, their back was a mess. Items all over the floor, broken items. We even once had a rat pop out of box we had to open to count. Some products might be the same in each store but in a cleaner store something probably wasn't crawling on your stuff before it was put out.
ncst8mpa Feb 22, 2:14 p.m.
Publix would be a much better fit than Stop & Shop.
nighttrain2010 Feb 22, 2:13 p.m.
I would rather Tesco or Morrisons buy it. Always wanted to have a local Tesco (even if it's labeled as Fresh and Easy here in these US)
davidgnews Feb 22, 2:13 p.m.
Stop & Shop is #12 on the The Fiscal Times list of "Top 12 Worst Grocery Chains." Incidentally, Food Lion came in #8, and Walmart at #2.
GarnerDoug Feb 22, 2:12 p.m.
Stop & Shop = poor quality, poor service, unionized/indifferent labor force like Kroger.
Oh, this will sit well in Cameron Village, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh....
spccomputech Feb 22, 2:10 p.m.
Shoprite hands down blows everything away
anti-Mako II Feb 22, 2:05 p.m.
"Poeple who only care about price are partially responsible for this and it will only get worse."
Sometimes quality over price is important. But the items I buy at the store are 10-20% more at HT than Kroger or FL, why should I buy them at HT? I will pay more for genuine quality difference, but a box of Wheaties is the same in both stores so why is one place so much more?
piety409 Feb 22, 2:03 p.m.
More like stop shopping here! We need a Whole Foods here in Morrisville!
rationality Feb 22, 2:02 p.m.
Hylanseppy, have you ever been to Fresh Market or Whole Foods? They are supermarket chains that are far more expensive than HT.
Good for HT in getting the best value for their investment. The families earned it. It's a great supermarket chain with great service, great value if you shop wisely. I'd hate to see another entity come in and change them into a Stop & Shop.
tomac108 Feb 22, 1:57 p.m.
As is often the case with a WRAL story the headline does not tell the whole story. AHOLD has multiple brands in its holdings. The Landover GIANT brand most resembles HT...but I still feel there is a gap. I agree with everything people say about Stop and Shop. I worked there in HIgh School and my family shopped there. I would not.
Don't trash AHOLD just because of Stop And Shop.
There are 4 chains that I think are on a level playing field. HT, Wegmans, Publix and HEB. I still put my bet on Publix.
wspmom Feb 22, 1:54 p.m.
I shop HT weekly, in fact I utilize their online shopping which is absolutely incredible and the customer service is phenomenal. I shop the sales and buy store brand and even if I pay a few pennies more than the Food LIon down the road, it's worth it to me to have quality meats and produce, selection, cleanliness, and customer service. I don't know what I'll do if there is HT no longer. I'm going now to pick up my groceries!
ginny159 Feb 22, 1:52 p.m.
I used to live in Baltimore and while Meijer's Grocery Store was on the level of Harris Teeter, Giant good stores (owned by Ahold) was the equivalent to a Kroger. Giant is definetly better then a Stop N' Shop, but it's not on par with Harris Teeter. Sidenote: Harris Teeter is an expensive grocery store, BUT the selection and quality is why I shop there and I am glad to pay the higher price because you are paying for quality, service and selection. Walmart is cheap for a reason folks.
I TOTALLY agree with NewToMe--it's because we have been choosing the lower prices and expecting more to be cheaper that has lead to the China imports--not entirely our society's fault, but we contributed for sure.
NewToMe Feb 22, 1:42 p.m.
Harris Teeter is more expensive if not using coupons or buying sale items, especially against Wal-Mart. But, I am willing to pay more money for my food for an upscale grocery store offering better selection and customer service. The sad part, more and more people only care about price. Increasing profits (for the business) and decreasing costs (for the consumer) is what drove the mass import from China. Poeple who only care about price are partially responsible for this and it will only get worse.
westernwake1 Feb 22, 1:41 p.m.
"If Harris Teeter wants to become profitable its going to have to cut some corners..." - downtowner
Here are the key statistics for HTSI. It is one of the most profitable grocery chains in the country.
Revenue (ttm): 4.58B
Revenue Per Share (ttm): 93.78
Qtrly Revenue Growth (yoy): 3.70%
Gross Profit (ttm): 1.36B
EBITDA (ttm)6: 304.74M
Net Income Avl to Common (ttm): 96.92M
Diluted EPS (ttm): 1.86
Qtrly Earnings Growth (yoy): 67.00%
mmtlash Feb 22, 1:41 p.m.
from my experience w/ Stop & Shop about 10 years ago they were comparable to Kroger in the Triangle, in that some stores are really nice (like the Apex Kroger off 64) and some are just so so (like most of the stores in our area built in the '80s & '90s). They are definately more middle market and less upscale then Harris Teeter.
37 Feb 22, 1:39 p.m.
Ahold also operates the Giant grocery chain. That's a MUCH better fit than Stop & Shop. The style of store is similar and the geographical connection is there.
mmtlash Feb 22, 1:38 p.m.
does Stop & Shop even double coupons?
stymieindurham Feb 22, 1:36 p.m.
Hmmmm, and the left have no problem with JP Morgan being involved? That's unusual. I for one want Harris Teeter to stay just as they are. Why go to a Stop and Shop when I can just go to Food Lon?
milletar Feb 22, 1:34 p.m.
PUBLIX! PUBLIX! PUBLIX!
Apologies for shouting; I just wanted to get the attention of the PTB. Thank you.
Bill Brasky Feb 22, 1:33 p.m.
The Teeter has a distinct marketing niche. Where as its a nice place to shop, friendly employees, and perhaps the food and produce were more expensive then Food Dog, or Kroger, but the food and produce were of high quality. With Stop and Shop that niche will no longer be filled, since the quality will drop back down to a Food Lion or Kroger shopping level.
Plus the eye candy in the Cameron Village store was unbelieveable.
westernwake1 Feb 22, 1:29 p.m.
"I was confusing Shop Rite and "Stop and Shop". Never been in one. Shop Rite has a discount store called Buy Rite that we like as well when in Albany" - aetius476
I agree with you about Shop Rite. An excellent store similar to HT. Shop Rite is normally found on the top 20 supermarket lists.
Adventurer007 Feb 22, 1:26 p.m.
I hope we don't lose Harris Teeter. I agree with Nancy as well. People say Harris Teeter is expensive, but for the quality and how clean they keep their locations I think it's worth it. And if you shop smart and keep an eye on the continuous sales there you can reduce your grocery bill significantly.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03