Meijer disappointment
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Bottom banana

United States

#1 Feb 8, 2011
Well, I have tried to give Meijer the benefit of the doubt, but 3 shopping trips later, I'm sorry to say that I will be taking my business elsewhere because it I my opinion this store has the worst bananas ever! This is not a joke post, and I know you may think it's a bit extreme to shop someplace else over bad bananas, but my household consumes lots of bananas! All 3 times I've reluctantly purchased bananas at the Richmond location, the selection has been awful! Oh yes, there have lots of bananas, but they are either completely green or 'almost' ripe but horribly bruised!!!!! It's a mad search to find a bunch that looks halfway decent, but without fail, I get them home and they are just covered with mushy bruises. Has anyone else had this experience?? Again, I know it probably seems silly, but it's really frustrating! Any employees put there who can shed some light on this problem? Maybe the stocker is man-handling them, I do not know.
Bottom banana

United States

#2 Feb 8, 2011
Oh, and meant to also say they have a great selection of produce otherwise, and other fruit has been fine! Just not the bananas!
old timer

Frankfort, KY

#3 Feb 8, 2011
Just many pounds of bananas do you eat in a week? That you'd shop someplace else because of green bananas I figure 20 lbs or so.

Walmart and Kroger both have had green bananas in the last month or so.

Have you tried going to Banana Republic? Bananas are all they sell there, no other fruit or food items.
Bottom banana

United States

#4 Feb 8, 2011
Haha! Funny stuff. It's not that we're a family of chimps or anything, it's just that bananas are a staple item in this household, much like bread, milk or eggs may be in others. If you consistently purchased sour milk or stale bread from a store, wouldn't you eventually go elsewhere? It's just an inconvenience to have to two stores in order to get a good bunch of bananas.

Lexington, KY

#5 Feb 8, 2011
I purhase bananas at Wal-Mart in Berea. I have discovered that Meijer's produce isn't that good. Also, never buy pears or peaches at Kroger, they're too ripe.
old timer

Frankfort, KY

#6 Feb 8, 2011
I agree with you BBanana, I eat one about everyday....I hate green bananas too. I just don't buy them when they're green, and wait til the next shopping trip. Seems like most large chains produce is a little too "green", or unripe. It's been my finding that Meijers is often the best.

Nicholasville, KY

#7 Feb 8, 2011
Or you could just put them in a paper bag to ripen them quickly.

Richmond, KY

#8 Feb 8, 2011
good gosh, stop shopping at a great store because of a banana. Supply and season changes the condition of the foods. Maybe you should try apples or other fruits sometimes. Get out of the Banana rut.
Bottom banana

United States

#9 Feb 8, 2011
Lol! I knew there'd be folks who wouldn't understand, and that's ok! We do eat other fruit, and ive found that Meijer's other produce is quite acceptable! I think I need to clarify, though! I don't have a problem with the green bananas - they ripen ip nicely in a day or two. The problem is that there is virtually NO selection of ripe bananas, and the ones that are ripe are very small and horribly bruised! It's just so bizarre - I've never seen a grocery have bananas so beaten up! I fear buying the green because even they have obvious areas of discoloration. Its someone in the back plays banana football before they stock them! anyway, I know it seems ridiculous but at least your feedback has made me lol!

Richmond, KY

#10 Feb 8, 2011
yep the stock boys are using them for boomerangs lol

Toledo, OH

#11 Feb 8, 2011
Good luck on your quest fo the perfect banana. My wife buys bananas every week and in 15 yrs of marriage I don't think we've ever eaten one. Weman gotta love em.
Bottom banana

United States

#12 Feb 8, 2011
That's hilarious Jay! You need to start making banana bread with those overripe bananas! They don't last long enough around here for that!
Shopper 475890325

United States

#13 Feb 9, 2011
Hi, I don't usually respond but I did want to say that I have actually noticed that about Mejiers bananas too. I had to sort through them last week to find some that looked ok and when I got them home they had small bruises on the inside. That's too bad because I like everything else about them except the weird store layout.

Richmond, KY

#14 Feb 9, 2011
I do admit, the store is laid out in a very odd way.

But they do have some great produce. Seems for some odd reason, and trust me, I go thur this every year, bananas are not yellow, at this time.

I work FF, our truck came today,and had the nicest case of neon green bananas.

Wrap the box in a plastic bag, put it up on the highest self, they will ripen.

In the meantime, go to whatever local store that has ripe ones.
Many Names

Richmond, KY

#15 Feb 9, 2011
How many frigging names are you gonna comment under?? Shadow talking??? LMMFAO at your dumb azz!!!!

New Haven, KY

#16 Feb 9, 2011
It's the brand. Chaquita picks and ships them earlier to reduce spoilage (in theory). Dole are better. They are also organic and more labor friendly. And for the record, I have changed grocery stores based on crazy things like quality many times. Oh, and while I shop Meijer (primarily for convenience) I DO NOT like most of their produce or store brands. Lettuce wilts too quickly, tomatoes get mushy and this summer we had something strange growing in a bag of beans (which they did refund the money for). I do appreciate that they have some items that are impossible to find elswhere (my favorite brand of coffee and a wonderful Greek seasoning, for example). Also, their milk prices can't be beat. Mixed feelings, but the best option over all in my opinion. I'll feel better once Kelly's and Baldwin open back up for summer, though.
I used to work there

Berea, KY

#17 Feb 9, 2011
You should see what the produce guys do with the food! It's quite disturbing. I wouldn't buy any fruit or veggies from there.

Richmond, KY

#18 Feb 9, 2011
I think that Dole is too sweet, regarding bananas.
Just a hint, when when you get the produce home, washed and dried, put it in a Green Bag.

United States

#19 Feb 9, 2011
Many names, who are you talking about? If you're basing your assumption on location, it probably has to do with cell phones. I'm posting from mine, and it logs as United States as well. And I am not the original poster.

Richmond, KY

#20 Feb 9, 2011
Yea, "Many Names". who looks like the DUMB AZZZZ now! it is a known fact that cell phones show up under "United states". I love it when you idiots that think you know it all make yourselves look like total morons. And to the op, Krogers has had green bananas to but they usually get ripe fast no bruises. I think things are a little cheaper there especialy if you use a Kroger card.

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