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#1 Dec 4, 2012
Home Owner

Princeton, WV

#2 Dec 4, 2012
Chrysalis1 wrote:
Excellent post, C-1. Food City's thoughtless actions are indeed at the widespread community's expense. We can fight back. It's called a boycott. It's a tool that our ancestors used against oppressors with success throughout history. Certainly, the actions of Food City are creating oppressive conditions in our community. I for one am not content with big corporations undermining the value of property into which I have invested much time, work, energy, and money. I am fighting back! Come on fellow property owners. Join us. Consider shopping at other foos stores. Grant's, perhaps, who donated $10,000.00 into our community in September by helping Wade Center. Keep our money in our neighborhood and help drive out the greedy, nameless, foreign big business owners who care nothing for our local well being. I'm mad as hell. Let's go, America!
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#3 Dec 4, 2012
I am madder than hell and I say BOYCOTT that stinkin overpriced ripoff.

IF enough would BOYCOTT that dump they just might see what they did - folks they do not care about some that had to ride a bus to the Cumberland site-for those that never have done this-it is a straight bus trip BUT to go to FOODCRAPCITY they have to transfer to another bus or to walmart have to take another...even with a couple of grocery bags this is a real inconvenience for those least able to do it.
Personally I would love to drive that crappy-greedy-overpriced dump out. We need to STAND FIRM and not shop there -let our money spend elsewhere that will HELP OUR TOWN.

If enough of us stand up and shop elsewhere we will not be wasting money in that dump!
Tim

Harrisonburg, VA

#4 Dec 4, 2012
LOL
Resident

Bluefield, WV

#5 Dec 5, 2012
I miss Kroger. I try to shop in WV and closing Kroger will not make me shop at Food City. Grants will get my business in Green Valley or Kroger in Princeton. I no longer make those extra stops to run in to pick up a couple of things. Food City has done nothing but made grocery shopping more of an inconvenience to me by taking away the Cumberland store. I was looking forward to Grants being in that space.
Jordon

Rupert, WV

#6 Dec 5, 2012
Resident wrote:
I miss Kroger. I try to shop in WV and closing Kroger will not make me shop at Food City. Grants will get my business in Green Valley or Kroger in Princeton. I no longer make those extra stops to run in to pick up a couple of things. Food City has done nothing but made grocery shopping more of an inconvenience to me by taking away the Cumberland store. I was looking forward to Grants being in that space.
This dummy doesnt realize there is a Kroger in Bluewell. LOL
Resident

Bluefield, WV

#7 Dec 5, 2012
Jordon wrote:
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This dummy doesnt realize there is a Kroger in Bluewell. LOL
No Dummy! I miss Kroger being on Cumberland. I would rather go to Princeton Kroger than Bluewell, dummy! We need a decent store back on Cumberland Dummy!
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#8 Dec 5, 2012
I as well will agree with resident's comments. I never liked Bluewell Kroger and would shop at one of the GRANTS or drive to Princeton Kroger.
Kroger should have long before(like the week she came here) fired that sorry manager and then cleaned up the store where she let it "go to pot fast" and kept Bluefield store-and closed Bluewell-if they had to close one. RT 52 is not a very good road and it is far far easier from Bluefield to just get on 460 and go to Princeton-especially in bad weather!
The thought of "forcing" everyone to food city will not work-with 460 access and a GRANTS and SAM'S and a WALMART and a Kroger just inside Princeton off the 4 lane people that can drive that far can and DO avoid food city.
There are those that depended on a grocery at Cumberland that ride a bus and do not even have a car or are apprehensive about driving very far(some elderly)that this REALLY HURT. There are others that drive to Kroger in Princeton once a week and will not even go in food city!

IF we were to get a GRANTS in South Bluefield I will just do about all my shopping there-there possibly will be some things they may not carry- and for that I can always try for them at Sam's or walmart.That is what I loved about Kroger I could take a list and get everything in one place-never had to run around hunting things at other stores.
peeved

Bluefield, WV

#9 Dec 5, 2012
I for one have definitely reduced the amount of shopping I do at FC; I shop for both me and an elderly relative, so I've been buying more at Sam's, Walmart, or Grant's, which I never shopped at before. Also, in season, the roadside produce stands are far superior to FC's produce.

Quit talking about a boycott and do it.
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#10 Dec 5, 2012
peeved wrote:
I for one have definitely reduced the amount of shopping I do at FC; I shop for both me and an elderly relative, so I've been buying more at Sam's, Walmart, or Grant's, which I never shopped at before. Also, in season, the roadside produce stands are far superior to FC's produce.
Quit talking about a boycott and do it.
I am and will always regardless of the outcome of this. Sam's have FAR better quality meats and better prices the only downside is the size of the pkgs. Grants as well have really nice meats.Food city produce is to me awful compared to almost anywhere-and I did not like their meats nor the handling of them!Sam's produse is great again only the quantities.Grants is much nicer than food city ANY DAY and a lot better prices on most things.
Grants is a community store and it all stays in the community!!!!
Curious

Mooresville, NC

#11 Dec 5, 2012
Idk much about the situation in blufield cuz I don't live there anymore. But where I live now food city has a warehouse or two where they store and ship to and from. And that also provides more jobs to the area than krogers would. Like I said idk much about this particular situation but couldn't it be possible that's what food city plans to do with the old Kroger building?
Chrysalis1

Bluefield, WV

#12 Dec 5, 2012
They have communicated...no plans for warehouse. They intend to hold it open. They have told the city and the media this.
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#13 Dec 5, 2012
They have NO PLANS for anything there and are deliberately just tying it up so no one can open a store there.
Many would not want another food city even if they were to open a store in Bluefield I know for sure I will never shop there-and a whole lot of others feel that way as well.The point others are trying to make is they are NOT TRYING to force food city to put a store anywhere in Bluefield.We need a grocery BUT it is more than apparent it will never be a food city.
The building is a problem for another store....building space and parking are limited here as far as size.
We will never have the greats such as Publix but I would love to have -first off a nice adequate size Grants so they had room to have a better fuller line of groceries and their full line up of good meats-and better selection than Bluefield Av- They want a store here and many many of us WANT THEM.Even if Grants were not interested a nice IGA or a nice FOODLAND would serve the community excellent and would be an asset.

I am not the only one that notices their lower quality and higher pricing rip offs at food city- and as a lot have said they will drive wherever they have to to totally avoid anything to do with a food city.
Competition is great for the customer-everyone is not going to like everything about ANY store. Many do not like to shop at Walmart so a couple of just plain nice grocers can do well...and with CHOICE the competition is in favor of US the customer.The customer benefits as prices tend to be lower when there is a choice....one store cannot "jack prices sky high" when another is offering things at a realistic price.
NoSmoking

Princeton, WV

#14 Dec 5, 2012
Curious wrote:
Idk much about the situation in blufield cuz I don't live there anymore. But where I live now food city has a warehouse or two where they store and ship to and from. And that also provides more jobs to the area than krogers would. Like I said idk much about this particular situation but couldn't it be possible that's what food city plans to do with the old Kroger building?
If you aren't from our heighborhood then butt out. This is our issue, not yours.
HomeOwner

Princeton, WV

#15 Dec 5, 2012
Chrysalis1 wrote:
They have communicated...no plans for warehouse. They intend to hold it open. They have told the city and the media this.
C-1. How are you? Did you see an article on the BDT website regarding the $3000.00 donation that Grant's made to the Toys For Tots foundation? Now, Can anyone tell us about a contribution that Food City has made to any of our local area organizations or family services? I'm waiting.

This is just one more reason, among several, that we should be patronizing our local merchants, those who strive to be outstanding members of our communities. Food City is not based in our county or even our state. Yet, they have the nerve to enter our area and undermine and destabilize our lifestyle by trying to prevent local, home-grown businesses from competing. I feel comfortable in saying that the Food City parent company is comprised of a bunch of money-grubbing ba@#$ds.

But, let us not overlook the local boy who became a big player in this upset by rolling over and letting Food City rub his tummy. The lawyer who owns the Cumberland Plaza location of the former Kroger store was ready to accept terms with Grant's when Kroger closed. When Food City offered him more money, 5 figures a month we hear, to lease the building, this landshark backpedalled with Grant's and, by using some questionable tactics and non-existent business ethics, agrred to take the money from Food City and run. And guess what? Just like the weasels that control Food City, he isn't a Bluefield citizen, either. So, we're being soaked by two entities that have no interest in being members of our community. They, very simply, want to suck us dry.

Well, I for one am mad as he** and plan to boycott any business of interests that either one is part of. It's the least I can do. And, what they can do in the mean time is kiss my Southern West Virginia a**.

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#16 Dec 5, 2012
Good post, Homeowner.

Yes, great observation. Those who are deconstructing Bluefield, WV do not live here.

I wonder how Steve Smith (Food City CEO) or Tom Lilly (the attorney you speak of) would feel if their parents, children, or other relatives lived in a city that was being guttted by their actions. I wonder how they would feel if they were losing equity in their houses?

But it is easy for them, they have no vested interested in Bluefield, WV.
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#17 Dec 5, 2012
AMEN well said and all that. This is a disgrace to that (so called lawyer) as Grants thought they had a deal this was dirty as HELL no other way to put it period.
You do not have to look very much to see that on a regular basis GRANTS is ALWAYS helping and giving to something and supporting something in OUR community...food city NOTHING.

BUT they are doing something---their poor quality -poor selection and very high prices--- They are legally ROBBING EVERYONE BLIND that are stupid enough to buy from them.They are legally STEALING from them every time they make a purchase.I tried them when Kroger closed NO MORE I will NEVER enter their store again.Someone will have what I need and if not here then I will drive to Princeton to the KROGER if I cannot find things anywhere else before I will spend a dollar at foodcrapcity.I am going to buy at Grants and my only regret is the Bluefield store is too small to carry a lot of what other nicer Grants stock.
I refuse to be GOUGED on prices and ROBBED every time I buy groceries!
Billy Boy

Bluefield, WV

#18 Dec 5, 2012
Food City has good quality stuff and is reasonably priced....plus they employ a lot of people and have a great pharmacy with good prices and the gas is the lowest in town also.... Quit your griping. If Bluefield, WV wanted a grocery store bad enough, they would make it happen. The blame should be on the sorry city of Bluefield, WV.
BigStick

Princeton, WV

#19 Dec 5, 2012
Billy Boy wrote:
Food City has good quality stuff and is reasonably priced....plus they employ a lot of people and have a great pharmacy with good prices and the gas is the lowest in town also.... Quit your griping. If Bluefield, WV wanted a grocery store bad enough, they would make it happen. The blame should be on the sorry city of Bluefield, WV.
Butt out. You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

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#20 Dec 5, 2012
Actually, the good people of WV tried to make it happen with Grants.

And thanks to Food City, WV cannot employ people at another grocery store on Cumberland Road.

Food City had to block its competition in WV to feel comfortable with their market.

See, in capitalism, competition works for everyone...businesses and the consumer. But we should not expect that type of intelligence and logic from the executives at Food City.

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