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Was A Local Shopper

United States

#1 Dec 3, 2010
What more can I say. MAC'S MARKET SUCKS in Keeseville. I tried very hard to support this local grocery store but just can't do that any longer.

First, the produce is wilted. Has anyone noticed the price of their strawberries.$7.39 a quart and what if I needed 2 quarts and wanted to buy them. There is only 1 quart available. My next point.

Second, the limited selection of groceries suck.

Third, the meat quality sucks as well as the deli selection.

Fourth, the bread shelves on most days is bare.

Fifth, have brought some of these concerns to management and they do not seem to care.

The store run a few good specials such as maybe the jar gravy for a buck but then it is gone and no more until the next weeks specials. The juice 2 for $5 comparible.

If I wanted to live in Vermont to buy Vermont products I would move to Vermont.

This is New York State and deserves New York products as well.

It seems this Vermont store comes over here to reap the profits and get this town when we are down and out. With many lower income families and the lack of a store for the middle to higher class population. But most importantly the senior population.

This store does not support having the salvation army ring a bell or any local organizations selling in front of the store.

This store sold Vermont pumpkins.

I personally tried to support this store but am seeing the general consensus it is not going to last.

If it does I will be very surprised.

What this town needs is a free standing store similar to that of Aldi's, Shop & Save or Shop & Stop type stores.

Stores that offer many products at reasonable prices. One with fresh meat and produce.

One that this town CAN afford and CAN continue to support.

If I were these stores I would certainly look into a location and build a free standing store.

With that said, heading to Plattsburgh to pick up a few things.
better than before

United States

#2 Dec 5, 2010
We are still paying in taxes for that last store that stole from us all.
Not better than before

United States

#3 Dec 5, 2010
better than before wrote:
We are still paying in taxes for that last store that stole from us all.
Who is we? Who stolre from who?
John Doe

Willsboro, NY

#4 Dec 5, 2010
just don't shop there, plattsburgh is 15 minutes away, it's that simple. if there is no business they will close and be like the iga in willsboro. i'm on my way to plattsburgh too, aldi, walmart and price chopper are all i need.
Local

Woodstock, CT

#5 Dec 6, 2010
With people like you who complain, no wonder why Keeseville has had bad reputation. Lets just shut down all the business' and let everyone survive on their own.
kvilleresident

United States

#6 Dec 6, 2010
Local wrote:
With people like you who complain, no wonder why Keeseville has had bad reputation. Lets just shut down all the business' and let everyone survive on their own.
Exactly. People in this town bitch when we don't have a store and they bitch just as much when we do. Shop somewhere else. It seems all people in this town know how to do is dwell on the negatives. Nobody is forcing you to shop there, so don't. We are lucky we even have a grocery store here, I am thankful (as I'm sure many others are) that for these winter months I won't have to drive all the way to Peru or Plattsburgh for a simple item I may need or have forgotten to get.
Denny

Southbridge, MA

#7 Dec 6, 2010
kvilleresident wrote:
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Exactly. People in this town bitch when we don't have a store and they bitch just as much when we do. Shop somewhere else. It seems all people in this town know how to do is dwell on the negatives. Nobody is forcing you to shop there, so don't. We are lucky we even have a grocery store here, I am thankful (as I'm sure many others are) that for these winter months I won't have to drive all the way to Peru or Plattsburgh for a simple item I may need or have forgotten to get.
well put if you dont like it then dont shop there but i am very greatful for the store. If ya cant afford it then dont shop there if all you have is negative things to say about it then keep your mouth shut people have some nerve i tell ya, with gas being three twenty five right now and its only going to get worse i would rather spend the extra twenty cents here in town then go deal with all the people in pburgh any day of the week.......
Resident as well

United States

#8 Dec 7, 2010
kvilleresident wrote:
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Exactly. People in this town bitch when we don't have a store and they bitch just as much when we do. Shop somewhere else. It seems all people in this town know how to do is dwell on the negatives. Nobody is forcing you to shop there, so don't. We are lucky we even have a grocery store here, I am thankful (as I'm sure many others are) that for these winter months I won't have to drive all the way to Peru or Plattsburgh for a simple item I may need or have forgotten to get.
I too am a resident of Keeseville and do support Mac's to a certain extent. I support Arnold's grocery as well as well as other business in this town. Though I will agree with the first post Mac's does not do much to attract continuing business which is there own fault not the fault of the people. I find when I go in the store which has been almost 5 days that a shipment does not arrive until Tuesday they saw. In the meantime, to find items they quality is not great or they just do not have it or the prices are way too high. It is great to go in for a pepper or onion and maybe some lunch meat. Though when the lunch meat is running down because a shipment doesn't come in until Tuesday there is a problem. So rather than wasting time and money it is best to run to Peru or Plattsburgh.
Resident as well

United States

#9 Dec 7, 2010
Denny wrote:
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well put if you dont like it then dont shop there but i am very greatful for the store. If ya cant afford it then dont shop there if all you have is negative things to say about it then keep your mouth shut people have some nerve i tell ya, with gas being three twenty five right now and its only going to get worse i would rather spend the extra twenty cents here in town then go deal with all the people in pburgh any day of the week.......
Why should we shop at Mac's I ask when the quality of meat is brown and discolored? The produce wilted or as one says tooooo high priced. What about the special that just gone and not replaced? Can you tell me another good reason why we should load up our carts with wilted or high priced produce, discolored meat, settle for lunch meat we really did not want,$4.19 oreos I think the price was or juice not on sale? Just an example of course. I forgot about the bread aisle that has limited selection because a shipment did not come it. Who can afford this in our town and the one's that can are unable to fill the cart with what they really want. If I am wrong let me know. Do you fill you cart? Or do you shop elsewhere as well? I would be very surprised if a lot of people do their full fledge shopping here or do shop around. After all it is 2010!
Resident as well

United States

#10 Dec 7, 2010
kvilleresident wrote:
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Exactly. People in this town bitch when we don't have a store and they bitch just as much when we do. Shop somewhere else. It seems all people in this town know how to do is dwell on the negatives. Nobody is forcing you to shop there, so don't. We are lucky we even have a grocery store here, I am thankful (as I'm sure many others are) that for these winter months I won't have to drive all the way to Peru or Plattsburgh for a simple item I may need or have forgotten to get.
You just made a point. Even I do not go all the way to Peru or Plattsburgh for a single item. But I also do not shop at Mac's for a full grocery shopping cart either. I would imagine you do not either. The very point that if the store was half a store as others than you would want to do a full grocery shopping. That is the very point being made if everyone just shops for one or two items then products go bad. The store will also not do well. Who's fault is that? Mac's high prices or we all want to save a buck and get what we actually went in the store for. Peru might be a bit more expensive than going to Plattsburgh but Mike says if we do not have it we can't sell it which is a wonderful concept. I do not believe they can stuff anything more neatly in that store. Compare the two stores. Also, Mike was a wonderful manager in Keeseville for many years at our Grand Union if one remembers. That says a lot for the stores he runs. I see a lot of people from Keeseville including a former employee of Mac's scouting the store at one time. Apparantly, she didn't take much back with her. My point is, I do not blame it on the people that Mac's doesn't have the products, fresh products or low on products. I do not blame the people for having Vermont products rather than New York State products. That shelf by the cash register will all go outdated before people empty it. That alone tells Mac's something. Mac's will not last and it is not the people's fault. It is Mac's fault. This is not a rich town. This is actually a smart town saving a buck. Please correct me if I haven't made some good valid points.
still concerned

Johnstown, NY

#11 Jul 27, 2011
would like to know how long you think this macs market will be around? this vermont owned company is no better than a previous company who fell on hard times with the economy. when i say this i mean you need to hold on to your hat when you drive in or out of the parking lot. make sure you have good struts. look at the exterior of the store. windows looks awful and much of the time no nice appeal or what is on sale just plain windows that could use a cleaning. there are still limited grocery items and watch those dates. bought some hamburger out of convenience the other day and it looked really red and thought to be fresh which it might have been. have been shopping locally for many years and have never seen meat this red. tasted like venison almost or an awful tasting cut of beef. the prices are still out of wack and having something on sale only lasts for a day. good think for summer folks but this winter shop elsewhere. vermonters you do not care about us new york folks just coming in and praying on the locals who need this store. i will give you 2 to 5 years max with no pun intended.
A Committed Resident

Elkridge, MD

#12 Jul 28, 2011
The store does not make you feel welcome of appreciated for your business. While I do use it for odds and ends, I do not shop there for all of my groceries. They do not support our community with donations or even by letting you put up signs for local events ( company policy!) So therefore, I will not support them except for the occasional item I missed in plattsburgh.
Still concerned

Northville, NY

#13 Jul 30, 2011
A Committed Resident wrote:
The store does not make you feel welcome of appreciated for your business. While I do use it for odds and ends, I do not shop there for all of my groceries. They do not support our community with donations or even by letting you put up signs for local events ( company policy!) So therefore, I will not support them except for the occasional item I missed in plattsburgh.
thank you. the store indeed does not make me feel welcomed at all. i noticed a bakesale in between mac's and the hardware store. this vermont company does not seem to want to promote local groups however, wants to push the expensive vermont products which you can see by the checkout that is where they sit. as i said the people of this area need a store however we are not dumb and if it were not for the summer folks they would have been gone by now. i will give them 2 - 5 years macs. no pun intended. the problem is they own the building from my understanding. the grand union in peru though still a bit pricy though all the stores are these days at least has a variety of products and much friendlier. the best part is that i never see an outdated product or crinkles and dried up produce. that is as fresh as can be and if you ask for something mike will get it as he says he cant sell it if he doesnt have it. thanks for your agreeance with me.
shopper

Smithfield, VA

#14 Aug 27, 2011
you would think they would have employee that were clean and took care of themselfs.
really now

United States

#15 Aug 27, 2011
shopper wrote:
you would think they would have employee that were clean and took care of themselfs.
and who exactly could you be talking about? No workers I've seen at Mac's have outstanding hygiene issues. Many do not like the store but that doesn't mean the employees are bad, dirty people. Doesn't anybody ever get tired of spewing ignorance?
Respectful

United States

#16 Aug 28, 2011
really now wrote:
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and who exactly could you be talking about? No workers I've seen at Mac's have outstanding hygiene issues. Many do not like the store but that doesn't mean the employees are bad, dirty people. Doesn't anybody ever get tired of spewing ignorance?
You say ignorance. I agree with the previous post on perhaps some hygience issues however, lets be more specific. Would you ever hire someone with holes and earrings in the year you can throw practically a golf ball through. Come one now people. This world has changed but what happen to the values of dressing up to get an interview and going to work. That is right we all have equal rights these day. Maybe that is the problem of the world. Who knows these days. Not the way I will raise my kids as they will grow up to be self respectful and for others.
thisisntthe60s

United States

#17 Aug 29, 2011
Apparently you've never walked into a Spencer's or a Hot Topic or even the mall in the past decade. They've been hiring people with gauges and piercings for years. Not every company is run by uptight bosses that live in the past. The world is moving ahead at an alarmingly fast rate, and getting earrings and piercings is a personal statement and has no bearing on respect or values. Consider the fact that this company is out of Vermont, one of the most liberal states in the union, and it really shouldn't be so surprising. Big earrings do not equal hygiene issues and disrespect. Time to join 2011.
Curious

Altmar, NY

#18 Sep 3, 2011
thisisntthe60s wrote:
Apparently you've never walked into a Spencer's or a Hot Topic or even the mall in the past decade. They've been hiring people with gauges and piercings for years. Not every company is run by uptight bosses that live in the past. The world is moving ahead at an alarmingly fast rate, and getting earrings and piercings is a personal statement and has no bearing on respect or values. Consider the fact that this company is out of Vermont, one of the most liberal states in the union, and it really shouldn't be so surprising. Big earrings do not equal hygiene issues and disrespect. Time to join 2011.
Do they allow you to war these earrings with ear holes in the public school system? Do they allow you to wear baggy clothing where your boxers show? I highly doubt this. In the public school system and in our own homes we try to raise our kids with self respect and respect for others. I am not saying it makes you a bag person for doing this however, I will bet somewhere above in my prejudged position there are drugs involved in some of these cases. I am not saying in every case but for the kids I know doing this in the area or adults for that matter there are drugs involved. That would be my point with the self respect. They might be respectful in the neighborhood or in their work environment however, drugs is not having self respect for your self. I may be all wrong and judging people but, what will this world look like 20 years from now? Certainly not the one I grew up in and I sure the heck am not raising my children like that. There are fads out there I know and kids through through that phase but the ear thing is an extreme. This is not the normal American culture. I have seen this in other culturals but certainly not the American culture. What would your Grandparents and Grandgrandparents think? They did try to teach us something. That is my opinion what is your. Remember, this is America. Freedom of Speech and this was mine.
shopper

Little Valley, NY

#19 Sep 6, 2011
shopper wrote:
you would think they would have employee that were clean and took care of themselfs.
No one cares, high prices, unclean, unhealthy lifestyles are model employees at this location. Do you want them handling your food? Do your family a favor and shop Peru. The savings and quality will pay for your gas.
Shopper as well in PERU

Altmar, NY

#20 Sep 6, 2011
shopper wrote:
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No one cares, high prices, unclean, unhealthy lifestyles are model employees at this location. Do you want them handling your food? Do your family a favor and shop Peru. The savings and quality will pay for your gas.
Thank you. I could not have said it better!

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