DeMoulas appeal again slows Stop & Shop plans

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Super Stop & Shop hit another red light in the construction express lane as DeMoulas Supermarkets Inc.

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Johnny

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#41
Oct 7, 2008
 
Chelmsford Kid wrote:
"When it comes to quality, price and customer service, I believe most citizens of this state know Market Basket is number one and has been, as a matter of fact Fox had televised competing supermarkets a few months ago and, as sad as you are going to be when you hear this, market basket was right on top. You should go find it and enlighten yourself and maybe your views, or maybe the media is wrong as well."
If this statement is true then Market Basket shouldn't have any worries at all and should welcome the competition.
Its business, any other supermarket would do it to market basket in a split second, given the opportunity.
Johnny

Boston, MA

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#42
Oct 7, 2008
 
Roger wrote:
You get what you pay for in this world. MB is not interested in providing an enjoyable shopping environment. Their stores are the equivalent of a sweatshop factory.
Roche Brother's is the best but yes you will pay maybe 10% higher for the quality, selection, and better retail space. Past them you get into the ridculously priced Whole Earth Foods, Wild Oats, etc.
Roger, Roger, Roger, a sweatshop factory? I think your being a little dramatic. Have you taken acting classes? You go pay your extra 10% and enjoy.

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#43
Oct 7, 2008
 
Johnny wrote:
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Which lobster won? Did the winning lobster get to live? or did you eat it? Sounds kinda fun actually, if I was stuck in a fish tank waiting to get eaten, i wouldnt mind a little exercise. Mop buckets, a little far fetched. Were you watching them race as well? If your so concerned about quality why didnt you say something at the time to your manager or supervisor or were they racing them as well? Or did the managers get the mop buckets out and join in on the fun? Maybe they were the referees? If this did occur, and as a result the quality was poor,(which is your argument) then as a market basket employee wouldnt it be your responsibility to say something and alert a manager for the best of the consumer?
I was young, first job, no bosses, they locked you in at night and as long as you got your work done.
Dont get me wrong I like MB, I buy what I need there and also shop the others. You need to shop around for the deals or good meat.
Also back then it was a good first job and they where good people.
Lowell

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#44
Oct 8, 2008
 
Chelmsford Kid wrote:
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Actually I did notice the lobsters were limp. And the manager did admit that they shouldn't have been sold to me. He walked back into the walk-in which is right behind the fish counter and told me that there were dead lobsters there. I also brought the nasty, smelly cooked remains of both lobsters back to the store. He also stated that they did have complaints about the girl and were letting her go. Yes, I did think that it was strange that lobsters were coming from the walk-in cooler and not the tank but she said she was afraid of the lobsters in the tank.
Well, if you did notice you should've said something. And the mananger didn't admit to selling you dead lobster. He merely stated they shouldn't have sold to you. This is why I don't belive the customer is always right. You totally exaggerated your story to make it sound like MB couldn't care less how their customers are treated. Granted the girl shouldn't even have been working there if the tank scared her and she was probably a crap employee to begin with but you shuld have had enough sense to say something to the manager before you left and then you wouldn't have had a problem. You still bought them and went home and actually tried to cook them.
Bill

Buzzards Bay, MA

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#45
Oct 10, 2008
 
Dead lobsters? Only at Market Basket.
Mikey

Boston, MA

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#46
Jan 18, 2009
 
I have to agree MB's product quality is pitiful. People have a perception they are getting lower prices because they sell lower quality stuff that Hannaford, Shaws, and S&S won't sell. Also, they don't have brands such as Shaws Signature in the deli, Chef's Trim chicken breast (which is a thinner trim of chicken), Boars Head, or Inspirations. I'm a mid end shopper and won't go for Select grade meat and I'll always buy at least choice. Once you ignore all that noise and compare stuff with comparable product quality, I really think pricing at Stop and Shop and Hannaford is the same if not better. I know Stop and Shop hires people to collect pricing data from competitors; so that's why a lot of the pricing at S&S you will find at area MBs or Hannafords.

Once I count the value of my time, since it definitely takes more time to navigate an MB than anywhere else, it is not worth shopping here. I'd rather go to either Stop and Shop in Hudson NH, where they practically have a 5% discount with their $10 coupon program with $200 aggregate spent or Hannaford.

I was actually in MB the other day just to see the pricing (not buying anything and a lot of stuff has gone up lately in there. So, I'd say, if you asked me 8 years ago, MB was definitely the cheapest. Definitely not true today. Whoever says they are 10%+ cheaper is not paying attention to what competitors are doing with pricing. As someone who at least looks at MB's circulars, I've also noticed their sale prices have been on average 15-20% higher than Stop and Shop and Hannaford. For example, Hannaford had strawberries on sale last week at 2 for $4 (regular price is 2 for $5). MB's sale this week is at 2 for $5 (regular price is $2.99). MB also has been pricing nonperishable name brand items such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi very high versus competitors. You can even get a better deal at CVS or Walgreens on Coke or Pepsi.

Also, some of the Health and Beauty Care items at MB are what CVS charges for a regular price and I think the regular pricing at CVS is extremely high. On name brand HBC items, MB is at least 15% higher than Hannaford.
Myke

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#47
Jan 19, 2009
 
Nevertheblame wrote:
Go Johnny go!
I agree,,,, that's business. Look at Billerica and the Home Depot battle! Now that's ridiculous. Worried about traffic, when the place is a mall already.It's all abhout protecting O'Connor Hardware. I like O'Connors and go there all the time. The Home Depot 200 yards away will do them in for sure. O'Connor gives a lot back to the community. But I like the prices better at The Home Depot.
I would continue to go to O'Connor's because you can find what you need and the employees will help you if you can't. None of this "It's not my department". I will only go to Home Depot for items O'Connor's doesn't carry or if I'm doing a major remodeling project. As far as Market Basket goes, don't we still have anti-monopoly laws? I think the other stores are all more expensive(even Big Y), but people should have a choice.
Irrelevant

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#48
Jan 19, 2009
 
I'm very conflicted about this. I hate to see Market Basket stifling a business opportunity out of protectionism. But at the same time, I certainly have no love loss for Stop & Shop.

The Demoulas family are HUGE community supporters, be it hospitals, schools, The Boy's and Girl's Club. They are the first to step up with money to help the community.

Stop & Shop I beleive is a foreign owned venture now. I have never seen or heard of Stop & Shop supporting ANYTHING!

The part that really doesn't make sense is everytime a Stop & Shop moves in, Market Basket still wins. Go to Hudson and see. They built a big Super Stop & Shop right across the street from Market Basket. Now, the Stop & Shop is like a ghost town, and they have the poorest inventory management I've ever seen (how does a store like that run out of butter????).

I say Market Basket should drop the appeals and welcome the competition. It will be just another opportunity to beat them again.
shopper

Dracut, MA

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#49
Jan 19, 2009
 
Whenever I shop at Market Basket I have to stop at Hannaford on the way home for fresh produce, because the produce at MB is pitiful. I went in the other day to ask for organic apples and the stock clerk just stared at me like I was speaking another language. Even if you don't care about organics, the quality of their produce otherwise doesn't measure up.

And like another poster stated, you're better off not buying your Beauty, Health and cleaning items at Market Basket. They're always cheaper at CVS and the other supermarkets.

So I guess MB is good for cereal and stuff like that, you save a couple of bucks on those things.
Lowell Guy

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#50
Jan 19, 2009
 
Boycott Market Basket!!!
Lanter

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#51
Jan 28, 2009
 
Irrelevant wrote:
I'm very conflicted about this. I hate to see Market Basket stifling a business opportunity out of protectionism. But at the same time, I certainly have no love loss for Stop & Shop.
The Demoulas family are HUGE community supporters, be it hospitals, schools, The Boy's and Girl's Club. They are the first to step up with money to help the community.
Stop & Shop I beleive is a foreign owned venture now. I have never seen or heard of Stop & Shop supporting ANYTHING!
The part that really doesn't make sense is everytime a Stop & Shop moves in, Market Basket still wins. Go to Hudson and see. They built a big Super Stop & Shop right across the street from Market Basket. Now, the Stop & Shop is like a ghost town, and they have the poorest inventory management I've ever seen (how does a store like that run out of butter????).
I say Market Basket should drop the appeals and welcome the competition. It will be just another opportunity to beat them again.
Disagree with MB being community supporters. I think paying your employees well is #1 in terms of community support. I spoke with a few MB employees once and pretty much almost everyone is on the same pay scale, including the assistant manager. The only people who earn more in the store are meat and deli dept workers who get $.50 more per hour and the store manager earns a higher salary. I know Walmart starts people off around $9 an hour and MB starts at $8 an hour. Also, I know the cashier pay scale is consistently $.25 to $1.00 higher at Hannaford as compared to MB.

Also, don't forget Stop and Shop does the Triple Winner game, which encourages people to donate money and Stop and Shop gives people free item coupons in exchange for donating money. Also, Hannaford always has their Helps Schools program every fall. So, MB's competitors do give back to the community, though the effects may not be felt around here but are definitely more regional. But, the fact they don't pay employees well puts giving back to the community as a negative for MB for me and a positive for all their competitors.

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Jan 28, 2009
 
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Disagree with MB being community supporters. I think paying your employees well is #1 in terms of community support. I spoke with a few MB employees once and pretty much almost everyone is on the same pay scale, including the assistant manager. The only people who earn more in the store are meat and deli dept workers who get $.50 more per hour and the store manager earns a higher salary. I know Walmart starts people off around $9 an hour and MB starts at $8 an hour. Also, I know the cashier pay scale is consistently $.25 to $1.00 higher at Hannaford as compared to MB.
Also, don't forget Stop and Shop does the Triple Winner game, which encourages people to donate money and Stop and Shop gives people free item coupons in exchange for donating money. Also, Hannaford always has their Helps Schools program every fall. So, MB's competitors do give back to the community, though the effects may not be felt around here but are definitely more regional. But, the fact they don't pay employees well puts giving back to the community as a negative for MB for me and a positive for all their competitors.
Why should MB pay more? Provided there qre workers willing to put on that apron and stock those shelves, can't see why they would need to pay more? Doesn't seem like good business to me.

Apply your same logic to municple employees and the server that supports the Lowell Sun Message Board would melt with all the outrage.
Ratdog

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#53
Jan 28, 2009
 
No wonder why they raise their prices everyday to pay for these lawyers.
Lanter

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#54
Feb 6, 2009
 
If MB would pay more, it is quite obvious, less rotation, which would reduce training costs if they actually train employees and also hiring costs, more experienced workers, which means better service for the customer, and to some extent, better product quality, which MB needs.

Its just like Trader Joes... I hear some people get paid $17 an hour to be a cashier/stocker and the website says or at least said that managers get on average $120,000 per year at that store! So, they are making way more a lot of other people in retail are making. But, they keep their workers and they provide much better service vs. Market Basket.

And they don't do that and then they raise prices... a lot of stuff at Trader Joes is priced much lower than you can ever get at MB or any other grocery store. Organic tortilla chips (never mind regular tortilla chips) are $2.59 for 1 lb bag at TJs. Try looking at the unit price for MB chips or Hannaford chips whichever one you go to. I bet its more than $2.59 per lb. Also, my favorite cereal is $3.49 for a 18 ounce box at Trader Joes and lowest I've seen it elsewhere is $3.99 for a 12 ounce box.
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#55
Feb 6, 2009
 
I am also unhappy with people using the 12 items or less lane when they have 20 or more items. Big deal if it is 13 items. More than once I told the ckeck out person if you wait on the person with the more than 12 items your next job will be to put my stuff back where it came from. Then I would leave my selections there and exit the store.
Bob

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#56
Feb 7, 2009
 
Boycott Market Basket!
Ugly Beauty

Lowell, MA

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#57
Feb 7, 2009
 
We live about 4mi from the Chelmsford Stop & Shop and the Westford Market Basket. We much prefer to shop at the Hannaford's in Drum Hill even though it is further away. The produce is usually much better than either, and cheaper than the S&S. The Hannaford's store brands are consistently as good or better than name brands as well.

For some items that can be found everywhere, Market Basket does have some notably low prices. The Chelmsford S&S is just Market Basket with high prices.

And if you are buying fish, why go to a super market?... All of them are pretty sketchy in this category.
Wondering

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Feb 8, 2009
 
Irrelevant wrote:
Stop & Shop I beleive is a foreign owned venture now. I have never seen or heard of Stop & Shop supporting ANYTHING!
Yes, it is owned by a Dutch corporation, Ahold. They employ about 59,000 people. Most, if not all, of the jobs are superior to similar jobs at MarketBasket. The employees get better wages and benefits which, in itself, is a great way to support a community.

http://www.stopandshop.com/about_us/community...
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Feb 8, 2009
 
Lanter wrote:
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I know Walmart starts people off around $9 an hour and MB starts at $8 an hour.
I believe that $8/hr is the Massachusetts minimum wage.
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#62
Feb 8, 2009
 
I LOVE shopping at Demoulas/Market Basket! NO ONE can beat their prices! I shop in Chelmsford and the one on Wood Street.

I also know that the Demoulas family IS VERY GENEROUS, and they have helped a lot of people over the years. My Greek grandfather(who was a coach) would tell me wonderful stories about "Mike" in his youth as well as an adult.

They are a wonderful family, and I wish them the very best!

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