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Open Thread Wednesday 12/28/16
Glad someone’s here.
I’m reading from Provincetown, MA.
They redid the sidewalk on Clark Street near the subway station with a strip of black asphalt. To my eye, it doesn’t look as good.
We’ll be greeting the New Year on the Cape, at our friends’ place in Orleans.
Have a great time there!!!
Everything is being done at Key Food on Mont. to raise prices and boutique ize the store to the greatest extent possible. Gone are a lot of staples for people who just want to eat simple healthy meals at modest to reasonable cost. But a lot of what’s now gone are surprising. Like certain cerials and breakfast meat items. The key food house brand of veggies has been cut back for “healthy”(read much more expensive) veg items….the whole direction of the store is let’s see where the price resistance is……
I would suspect that this has just as much to do with the demand of shoppers as anything else. And yes, that demand also results in more costly goods being sold. I think it’s a response to the appetite of the shoppers as opposed to them trying price gouge anyone.
They’ve upgraded the cheese selections in the deli area, and have a lot more bread choices there. I’m sure that everything now is highly computerized; if something being sold doesn’t move, it’s discontinued. The floors and display cases have also been upgraded. All this takes money. A lot of the foods I eat are still there.
You’re welcome to shop at the many other food stores in the area. The numerous CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid so-called pharmacies also offer a lot of food choices, too.
We LOVE the upgraded cheese selections!
Yeah some of the upgrades are nice, but even the most automatic defenders of the status quo admit that the changes are not buyer driven but management’s desire to kick the basic price index reference points as upward as possible. A LOT of budget and reasonably priced item which WERE selling well have now been replaced by “gourmet” or “organic” items at like 2-3 times the original item cost and there’s at attitude of “don’t like it? Shop elsewhere….
Just out of curiosity, where are you getting your information? Like your statement that “reasonably priced items were selling well.” Are you privy to their sales reports?
Joe’s statement may be true but his assumption about management’s motivation still wrong. The Key Food on Montague Street, like many New York “supermarkets” (What makes them so super?), is relatively small. Lower priced items that sell well might be being displaced because there is limited shelf space and the “gourmet” items more profitable, not to mention appreciated by a segment of the Brooklyn Heights community.
I’m afraid the days of dusty cans of Dinty Moore beef stew and Krasdale mac n cheese are waning, for better or worse. i remember the OLD Keys before the previous remodel. You could barely get two carts past each other. Could have had a cracker barrel and sawdust on the floor. Looked like the Brooklyn Heights Deli on Henry. Good times. If you try the Keys on Atlantic (or my local, Gristedes) you will be glad for the Montague store. As for me, I prefer the more bourgeois Atlantic location, the one with three kinds of local kefir. But that’s just me.
But let us jump to the most dire aspect of Key Food shopping: that mannequin near the front door.
Not amusing, not welcoming–rather scary, in fact. And lifelike enough so that I sometimes find myself taking it for a person I must…well, take account of.
Otherwise, I think Key Food is awesome. Totes.
Anyone have a favorite WW meeting leader (afternoon)) ? Thinking of starting the new year off right. Recommend anyone?
You can still get those awful Table Talk individual pies at Gristede’s. LOL
I wonder how much their rent, utilities and taxes have gone up. Grocery store net margins are razor thin on the order of 2-5%.
The bottom line is Key has decided that they can squeeze more money out of their shoppers by no longer offering lower priced items and telling their shoppers if they don’t like it trek over to Atlantic or find a C Town….real nice guys…..
I live in between the Key Food on Montague and the one on Atlantic, and shop at both, depending on what part of the neighborhood I am going to be in.
I haven’t noticed a significant difference in the inventory or pricing in the two stores, and the one on Atlantic had a renovation within the last year or so as well. Is there a difference in pricing? I will have to do some comparison pricing to find out.
I wish they’d install a couple of self checkout lanes while they’re upgrading. I wouldn’t want them added at the expense of someone’s job, but it would make the experience of shopping there more enjoyable and potentially more efficient.
Brownstoner has a post about the gas lamps on Poplar Street, and on the Old Fulton Street side of the block, here:
This is temporary. If you look down the block to Hicks Street, you’ll see the street and sidewalk on the south side next to Hicks have all been torn up, have temporary asphalt covering the holes.
One day I actually looked at the fat and sugar content of those little Table Talk pies. Never ate one again!
You’re not being forced to shop there, you know. I buy the stuff there that I can’t get at Trader Joe’s or Sahadi’s.
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target has great deals on amy’s organic and other “quality” frozen meals
they have replaced them with some other brand that has more artisanal looking packaging
Hey, key food just eliminated more of their house brand budget items like their breakfast items. Anything to jack the prices up….you can make any obfuscations/excuses you want but this is total squeeze the BH buyers for as much cash as they.can….
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