Grocery stores freshen up in Central Florida

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Say goodbye to the cookie-cutter grocery store. As shoppers become more selective, grocers are rearranging their aisles to do a better job of catering to their neighborhoods.
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Felice

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Jun 25, 2008
 
I am finding Publix very expensive as they have raised their prices and because of this am seeking elsewhere to shop.
Bud

Orlando, FL

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Many price increases in ALL grocery stores are due to the cost of fuel that someone has to pay and obviously it is passed on to the consumer.
King Whitee

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Jun 25, 2008
 
When will winn dixie just go away? The are NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASTY and will never get any better
Ex Publix shopper

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Publix has a monopoly,they are over charging for products and customer service has delined. I can't tell you the last time some offered to carry out my bags. Deli meats are way out of sight,a local deli with fresh cooked products is $4.00 cheaper per pound,not some preserved hunk of meat that publix is selling.
Fruit and vegetables are double $$,then what you can purchase at a local fruit market.
Employees are paid bonuses and stock owners are receiving large divedend checks. I know a driver who is getting a $20,000 dividend check from Publix stock. People stocking shelves get quartely bonuses of several thousand dollars. Store managers making in excess of $100,000 per year plus benefits,way over paid. Try to find a store manager when you need one,hiding in the office or not working today.
markdauvid

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Jun 25, 2008
 
i am from central new jersey and i moved here in 2001. i was really surprised that grocery prices were higher down here than up there one example was the Spanish coffee i used to buy on sale for 99 cents was almost $3.00 here. the publix experiment to me is old news. shop rite where i shopped had that concept before i left new jersey with many more options which included a bank,a cell phone store, a place to by entrees by the pound, prepared gourmet style entrees,etc. i wish shop rite was here they would put them all out of business.
Pachacutec

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Jun 25, 2008
 
We have lots of chain supermarkets here in the DC area; but when it comes to saving $$ on produce, meat, and seafood, I do my shopping at a local Latin American/Asian market. The produce/meat/and seafood are fresh and cheaper than the chains. Spices and dried herbs, while they might not be packaged in the fancy little green bottles, they're just as good as the name brands and LOTS cheaper. If you have any ethnic stores in your area, you might want to see what you can find, you may just end up saving a few dollars on your grocery bill. Plus, you'll find lots of new things for your family meals!
Islander

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Perhaps the grocers could try something really radical like keeping items in stock. And I swear that Publix must track what I buy so that they know what items & brands to quit carrying! Grocery shopping here is an exercise in frustration.
cgw

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Ex Publix shopper wrote:
Publix has a monopoly,they are over charging for products and customer service has delined. I can't tell you the last time some offered to carry out my bags. Deli meats are way out of sight,a local deli with fresh cooked products is $4.00 cheaper per pound,not some preserved hunk of meat that publix is selling.
Fruit and vegetables are double $$,then what you can purchase at a local fruit market.
Employees are paid bonuses and stock owners are receiving large divedend checks. I know a driver who is getting a $20,000 dividend check from Publix stock. People stocking shelves get quartely bonuses of several thousand dollars. Store managers making in excess of $100,000 per year plus benefits,way over paid. Try to find a store manager when you need one,hiding in the office or not working today.
I have been very happy with Publix for their good quality, service, and price. If they pay their employees well and offer profit-sharing too, that makes me like them even more.
Pachacutec

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Islander wrote:
Perhaps the grocers could try something really radical like keeping items in stock. And I swear that Publix must track what I buy so that they know what items & brands to quit carrying! Grocery shopping here is an exercise in frustration.
Sounds like some of the stores up this way. I understand that stores run out of products at various times, but I'll swear it seems that some shelves in some of our stores are ALWAYS empty, no matter what day of the week or time of day you're there.
Dale

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Jun 25, 2008
 
You didn't mention Save A Lot 'extreme value groceries', a no frills, low price chain that has several Orlando area locations. A new store just opened in Casselberry.
http://www.save-a-lot.com/display.do...
Wally

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Jun 25, 2008
 
No one mentioned The Fresh Market at all in this story! They have two Orlando locations (Winter Park and Dr. Phillips) and have amazing meats and deli items. They are small too so you get personal service but they have everthing I need: meat, seafood, a bakery, a deli, produce, grocery, and bulk goods. Their prices arn't always the cheapest but its always high quality stuff!
Jax

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Jun 25, 2008
 

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I'd like a Wegmans!!!
Lonnie

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Publix couldn't get any better where we shop. Of course not all Publix stores are alike but if I want to pay more, all I have to do is travel to Winn dixie or Albertsons. And Walmart produce...ewwwww! And paying 25 cents to rent a shopping cart...ok, let me bring my own into the store.
later gator

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Jun 25, 2008
 
I just want a clean store with good-looking meats, fruits and veggies. Nothing is more disgusting than going into a dirty grocery store.

Since: Apr 08

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Wally wrote:
No one mentioned The Fresh Market at all in this story! They have two Orlando locations (Winter Park and Dr. Phillips) and have amazing meats and deli items. They are small too so you get personal service but they have everthing I need: meat, seafood, a bakery, a deli, produce, grocery, and bulk goods. Their prices arn't always the cheapest but its always high quality stuff!
I go to the Fres Market in Dr. Phillips and while they can sometimes be pricey, the quality of food is amazing as is the customer service. Also, I get my spices from there and they are actually cheaper. They come in ziploc bags instead of jars, but the quality is just as good if not better and costs a fraction of the spices in the grocery stores.

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Jax wrote:
I'd like a Wegmans!!!
OMG, I would love a Wegmans!It doesn't get much better than Wegmans.

Since: Apr 08

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Lonnie wrote:
Publix couldn't get any better where we shop. Of course not all Publix stores are alike but if I want to pay more, all I have to do is travel to Winn dixie or Albertsons. And Walmart produce...ewwwww! And paying 25 cents to rent a shopping cart...ok, let me bring my own into the store.
With Aldi's you have to put a quarter into the cart to use it, but you get it back when you return the cart to the cart corral(sp?).
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Jun 25, 2008
 
Jax wrote:
I'd like a Wegmans!!!
AMEN, Brother!!!! It's like a Disneyworld of groceries!
Some Guy

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Jun 25, 2008
 
SuperTarget also sells groceries...
louie judd

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Jun 25, 2008
 
cgw wrote:
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I have been very happy with Publix for their good quality, service, and price. If they pay their employees well and offer profit-sharing too, that makes me like them even more.
Publix is a private company and the employees do have profit sharing so you should be tickled pink

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