Brooklyn Heights Gristedes Over-Pricing… Literally

I didn’t notice this bit of hookey-doo from our pals at the Henry Street Gristedes until I got home. A package of blueberries once $3.99 became $4.99. Fool me once….

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  • nabeguy

    Considering how long they’ve been on the shelf, tthey’re now selling it as blueberry brandy, hence the higher price,

  • Elmer Fudd


  • x

    Gristedes is terrible. Time to shop elsewhere, folks.

  • Heightsguy

    Oh, this is just one of many “stunts” they pull. Aside from the fact that some items are literally double the price at Key, or the house brand much higher than other brands, items will come out higher when you reach the register than on the shelf.

  • Josh G

    Whoa that’s insane. Has anyone confronted the management there? I think someone needs to call Arnold Diaz for a “Shame on You” (best news theme ever) or the not-as-impressive Asa Aarons.

  • Estella

    No kidding about this place. Yesterday I went in for a bag of coffee that they were charging 16.99 for. I went to Peas and Pickles next door and bought the SAME bag for 10.99.

  • Heightsman

    Simple solution. Just don’t shop at Grosstede’s unless last resort. It’s a truly offensive place.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    Ice cream at Gristede’s was $8.99. The same ice cream in Keyfood was 5.99. Light butter at Gristede’s $5.99, $2.99 at Trader Joe’s for the same exact thing.

  • Regina

    There must be a lot of stupid shoppers in the area if they’re still in business.

  • god

    They suck. I won’t go there.

  • Richard

    Gristedes is the worst supermarket in the entire city. Let’s shop with our wallets — not — and put them out of business where they belong.

  • Elmer Fudd

    Hey, it’s only money! What’s the problem?

  • Big Dave

    I shop there once every two or three years…
    And am always dissappointed, but:

    Shopping in the Fall
    For berries late in season
    Caveat emptor.

  • Alanna

    Lived in BH nearly 2 years – never shopped there once.

  • Serge

    I have to say, if you’re stupid enough to shop there more than once, you get what you deserve. I live on the same block, and never shop there except for the occasional soda, and even that’s only after checking Pickles and Peas first. That Gristedes is the most atrociously mis-managed and overpriced market I’ve ever seen—even Garden of Eden on Montague is cheaper. I really don’t understand why anyone shops there. If we all boycotted it maybe a competent market would come in. It’ll never be cheap, because the rent is high, but there’s no reason for us to put up with the very low level of quality.

  • Heightser

    On the rare occasion that I do shop there, I am so saddened by all of the elderly folks there. I think it’s proximity to the high rise apartments there make it the easiest destination.

  • Hicks St Guy

    the seniors from the high rises keep this dump in business.
    @Big Dave, nice.

  • David on Middagh

    I suspect that very busy people who live or work within a few blocks appreciate the nearness, the one-stop shopping (pharmacy included), or that the prices keep the aisles passable.

    Me, I roam all over. Key Food and Peas & Pickles get my late-night business; Garden of Eden maintains hot and cold salad bars; the Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable gets my repeat business; Sahadi’s could have any number of positive taglines; Trader Joe’s carries the prettiest store-brand beer around; Perelandra has all those soaps, and unsweetened chocolate soy milk…

  • Diane at Whitman

    It is an over the top rip off!!

    I shop at Citarella’s and it is less expensive.

  • Wrennie

    DoM, I’m the same way with the wandering. One of the reasons I’m excited for the Fall is because I’m finally back in town on the weekends and can do my whole Sunday yoga and traipsing around to 8 different grocery stores routine.

    Gristede’s needs to get over itself, or better yet, just not be there at all anymore. I even get the impression that people are ashamed to be in there sometimes.

  • Ruh-roh

    Police Shooting

    At Atlantic Ave right outside of “KEYFOOD.”
    Undercover Police Officers tried to pull a suspect out of a car.
    One Officer bangs on the suspects car with his “Gun,” telling the suspect to get the “F@$k out of the car.”

    While banging on the car window, the guns goes off, bullet bounce off and goes flying into a apartment above “Urban Outfitters.”

    Undercover Officers don’t give chase and speed down Atlantic towards the water.

  • Bagley

    They also list sale signs that don’t correspond to the food where they’re posted. Numerous times I’ve gone to the check out and a different non-sale price has rung up. I always make the cashier go check it. A complete pain. Happened four times last week.

  • Hicks St Guy

    . .and the fat bast–d who owns the chain made noise about running for mayor!

  • Kat

    I’ve even found FreshDirect is cheaper than Gristedes…

  • Andrew Porter

    So, has anyone called Dept of Consumer Affairs on them? Putting a new price sticker over an old one is Against the Law. So is selling food after its sell-by date has expired.

    Call 311 and complain, people; don’t just whine and moan and complain *here*.

  • lcd

    I just tried to send Gristede’s a link to these comments on the “contact us” page of their website – got the “this page cannot be found” message. They really should be reading these.

  • Y

    I always gringe when I see a specific TV anchor in one of the morning shows praise how wonderful Gristede’s is.

  • Master Of Middagh

    I boycotted them for an entire year because of poor service, which I have to admit did improve on my return, at least as concerns the deli counter folks.

    I used to bring expired items I found while shopping up to the checkout with me, but it’s gotten to the point where I would have to carry a second shopping basket to put all the stuff in. And the prices really are pretty uncompetitive.

    Bottom line, from what I’ve been reading here from my neighbors, it seems I will indeed be better served by shopping at other area shops, even if I’ll have to make multiple stops and will henceforth be doing precisely that. We DO deserve a better quality grocery store in the North Heights and continuing to throw good money at that place will only help perpetuate and validate their poor practices.

  • Arch Stanton

    Let the buyer beware!

  • Jim Murray

    I always pull back a second price tag to see what the price underneath is. On Mother’s day/ Father’s Day, the restaurants put white tape over the old price on the menu and add a new price on top. If no one complains they will keep on doing this. Is this legal?I would say yes,