Weis Markets to freeze prices

A Pennsylvania food market chain is citing record-low consumer confidence as its reason for freezing the price of 2,400 items for 90 days. Full Story
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larry

Fogelsville, PA

#1 Jan 2, 2009
Just another marketing ploy.

Wegmans did it a few months back.

In fact, there is no reason to raise prices now because costs have been lowered. CPG costs have lowered yet retail prices remain the same. What does that mean? Bigger margins for the manufacturers and stores.

Lower prices back to what they were a year ago, and then release a press statement about it.
Wise Sucks

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Jan 2, 2009
maybe if they treated their employees better, the employees would treat customers better and they wouldn't beg for more sales with a deal like that?
calvin hooves

Telford, PA

#3 Jan 2, 2009
larry wrote:
Just another marketing ploy.
Wegmans did it a few months back.
In fact, there is no reason to raise prices now because costs have been lowered. CPG costs have lowered yet retail prices remain the same. What does that mean? Bigger margins for the manufacturers and stores.
Lower prices back to what they were a year ago, and then release a press statement about it.
that was my first reaction too larry. in a perfect world, retailers would do things to help consumers from their hearts. i think this is just a marketing effort to both retain and attract shoppers. personally, i pretty much go to the market i use because its CLOSEST.
Gabba Gabba Hey

Bethesda, MD

#4 Jan 2, 2009
Wise Sucks wrote:
maybe if they treated their employees better, the employees would treat customers better and they wouldn't beg for more sales with a deal like that?
Bitter ex-employee? Maybe because you treated your customers poorly and can't spell the name of the store? It's spelled Weis - not Wise. I worked there back when I was in high school - as a cashier and in the bakery - can't say I had any complaints in how I was treated as an employee. As far as how they employees treat customers - I can't say I've ever shopped at Weis and had a bad customer service experience. Prices - eh - could be better, and sometimes they don't have what I've gone in for (either they don't carry it or out of stock) but I run into that same problem at other stores as well. I do have to agree with larry to an extent. At this point you're correct - there is no reason to raise prices, however, grocery stores have already paid for the merchandise that is currently in the store at the higher price so it's not actually a higher profit margin as of yet. If they don't lower their prices based on costs of new shipments - that's a different story.
BID

Allentown, PA

#5 Jan 2, 2009
Weis is always pricier than the other stores. I find that unless Weis has it on sale, don't buy it there.
shopper

Toms River, NJ

#6 Jan 2, 2009
Wegmans is low every day and has better quality
Jonnie Grocer

Slatington, PA

#7 Jan 2, 2009
cost of goods are going down...that is why they can afford to lower prices. losing market share is why they use it as a marketing tool.
Weis is a high-low operator, prices are low on sale and high off sale. The low sale prices are to pull you in the store to buy the high everyday prices items while purchasing the cheap sale items. Supermarket 101
Neffs Dead Head

Slatington, PA

#8 Jan 2, 2009
Wise Sucks wrote:
maybe if they treated their employees better, the employees would treat customers better and they wouldn't beg for more sales with a deal like that?
Let me understand this, If they treat their employees bad, then its ok to treat their customers like xxxx too. Your a person with "great" character that i wouldnt want working in my store.

A good move for Weis
NoCrap

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jan 2, 2009
What in the heck do you find low at Wegmans? Oxygen, and parking? I do agree with other posts. This is such used car salesman tactics. What if their food cost go down. Sorry, public we have a price freeze....wink, wink...
shopper wrote:
Wegmans is low every day and has better quality
realitybound

Springtown, PA

#10 Jan 2, 2009
Going to Weis' is like shopping at a huge 7-11; except the 7-11 will give you lottery tickets at the counter. Weis' makes their money off of the elderly who can hardly read the pricing labels which were designed to look as if everything is a bargain. I stop there maybe 2 times a year because it is a half mile closer to my home and walk out every time angered. I like the taste of their pizza and there's never a line at their deli or pizza counter; even at 5 PM on a week night (Cedar Crest store). Problem is getting the woman working in the deli counter to walk 15 feet to the pizza to get my slice. They see me, but pretend they have other things to do. Then when the see that I am not walking away, they finally come over and say that the person working that area must be on break. Happens every time. The prices have a regular price even higher than the 7-11 on most of the basics. They will then stick their power card discount that leaves the sale price still higher than any other stores in the area. Giant stores are what's killing their business. The managers need to take regular trips to their competition. They try to do the dollar store gig in and one section; where they pile half size bottles of their generic junk and rows of watered down cleaners. They should find something that they can specialize in and run with it. Maybe rent out their bakery to company that could make a cake that does not taste like a huge Domino sugar cube.

“Be careful what u pretend 2 B”

Since: Jun 07

Lehigh Valley

#11 Jan 2, 2009
Giant has better deals overall. I shop the sale items at Weis, or pick up a few items if I'm already in the area.
Stoney

Whitehall, PA

#12 Jan 2, 2009
If they would ELIMINATE that STUPID price club B.S. and keep the prices low for everyone,maybe then they can compete. Whoever heard of selling a loaf of bread for .79 if you are a CARD holder,but charge someone else for that SAME freaking loaf $1.49...that is just STUPID. Wake UP You don't compare to Giant or Redner's in anyway.
Nick

Fogelsville, PA

#13 Jan 2, 2009
Stoney wrote:
...Wake UP You don't compare to Giant or Redner's in anyway.
Redners? Are you serious? Their stores are way outdated and way overpriced. Have you seen their sales flyer? It looks like the head of marketing prints it out on his HP Desktop printer. When I step foot in a Redners, I feel like I'm shopping in 1988 again.

“In it for the long haul!”

Since: Sep 08

Slatington, PA

#14 Jan 2, 2009
I like Weiss's cause when I spend money there I get my gas cheaper there on 7th st, and you know what They are no pricier than Wegmans or Giants on certain items but then I dont spend dollars running to go to a store to save a few pennies as well..
realitybound

Springtown, PA

#15 Jan 2, 2009
Their buildings are too small to serve any other constructive use; so hopefully they will make it through. I would hate to see an Aldi, Apple,a syrian farm market, or any one of the other 3rd world food stores in their place.
poconos

Hunlock Creek, PA

#17 Jan 2, 2009
Come on up here to E Stroudsburg and see what you will pay at Weis Markets! There is no Wegmans, there is no Giant, there is no Redners...only three Weis Markets, Shoprite and Walmart.

Even our Walmart has prices too high for what people are paid here.

Every retailer up here caters to the people who commute from NY and NJ to work but live here. People who live here and work here can barely make ends meet ...

Weis is freezing their prices now while they still have an excuse to keep them high. Once the new year gets started and maybe the economy gets a little relief, they will still be charging their high prices because of the "freeze".
Sarah

Bangor, PA

#18 Jan 2, 2009
I love the weis on 512! I think that it is the best store in my area. The store is clean and there aren't ghetto people all around unlike Giant!! The cashiers are always so nice and they actually have a few registers open.
Reaheeeely

Walnutport, PA

#19 Jan 2, 2009
Remember folks, the reason the grocers raised prices was because of the high cost of transport with high gas prices. Okay, now gas prices have plummeted but the prices for groceries remain the same and even climbing. Sounds like the oil price gimmick game as well, eh? Don't tell me.......we've got grocery price speculators now who can drive up the cost of groceries at a whim. It's all about squeezing us all until we burst folks. Welcome, welcome to the machine.
jones

AOL

#20 Jan 2, 2009
poconos wrote:
Come on up here to E Stroudsburg and see what you will pay at Weis Markets! There is no Wegmans, there is no Giant, there is no Redners...only three Weis Markets, Shoprite and Walmart.
Even our Walmart has prices too high for what people are paid here.
Every retailer up here caters to the people who commute from NY and NJ to work but live here. People who live here and work here can barely make ends meet ...
Weis is freezing their prices now while they still have an excuse to keep them high. Once the new year gets started and maybe the economy gets a little relief, they will still be charging their high prices because of the "freeze".
no thanks, the poconos isn't what it used to be .
soap on a rope

AOL

#21 Jan 2, 2009
Wise Sucks wrote:
maybe if they treated their employees better, the employees would treat customers better and they wouldn't beg for more sales with a deal like that?
Are you sure your not talking about Redners in Northampton ? That is one store I boycott because of the way employees treat customers ...

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