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My Fave Grocery Store has Morphed into a Monster

Friday, January 24, 2014

All last year, my favorite little grocery store (Fresh and Easy) kept customers updated on whether they were going to close if not bought by an investor. I blogged last year about this; how the groceries were fresh, no preservatives, and totally inexpensive. A real dream of a place for me. When I thought they were going to close, I started to visit other places that sold similar products and healthy food. None were nearby and none were a bargain. I guess there's really no such thing.

At the end of last year, it was announced that a buyer had snatched up the chain and I was elated. However, the changes are being made and among them are the prices - they are almost double on many of the things I regularly buy.

Honestly, I'm going to visit more stores to see if I can find something to replace this store. If not, I guess I will have to either grin and bear the higher prices and/or eat a lot less (which isn't a bad idea either). It's just sad to have lost this store which was like a trusted friend. Silly, perhaps, but when you rely on something for healthy eating it does become a friend of sorts.

In the scheme of important things in life, this is another trivial detail. But one which has surfaced nonetheless. I do smile at how much I save on things I no longer buy; coffee and whatever went into it, sugar products (the occasional treat or two). And, even though I never have bought alcohol, I still count that among my savings as I see how much that can add to a food bill.

Hey, now, Spark friends. Have a fun weekend. It's been five years here and I've "met" some amazing folks. I wish you lived near me as neighbors.

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IGNITEME101 1/26/2014 1:08AM

    Wishing you many more healthy years ~


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NANCY- 1/25/2014 4:26PM

    When things change it is not always progress. It is sad when when the good stuff goes. However, the thing about changes it is forces us out of our comfort zone to make new discoveries. Sure it is not the same, it was great while it lasted, but new favorites await.

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OOLALA53 1/25/2014 11:14AM

    Not sure it's so trivial. I know it's possible to lose on less quality food, but it sure isn't as easy, IMHO. I have options to Fresh and Easy, so I never depended on it, but it was good in a pinch. Sorry to hear things have changed, and hope you find your new balance.

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SPARKFRAN514 1/24/2014 10:04PM

    some thing i have never had in my neighbor hood you were so lucky for a long time to such a store. they closed the chain store in the area a year ago still looking for a store to call my store. i agree Spark friends are the best and even though we are miles apart and in some case countries apart which is something i often forget until they remind me when talk about thing that are happening in the states . enjoy your week too. emoticon emoticon

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LOLA_LALA 1/24/2014 8:08PM

    Ahhh...we consider you our neighbor, too, Jesse!

It's more of a loss than many can understand whenever we lose a reliable, trustworthy grocery store. No one understands just how important it is to be able to rely on them... I'm sorry to hear about Fresh and Easy. I often see it written that it's as cheap to eat on a strict budget as not, and I have to disagree with that premise. Less-healthy foods are usually a good deal cheaper than their fresher, healthier counterparts, sadly - I learned that after having eaten both ways emoticon . Everybody has their own priorities, and they're always a personal thing, understandable in the context of individuals' lives. Since I'm in so much less pain and have much better health after losing weight (according to my doctor), I'm willing to make that investment in fresh food, but it really is more expensive - and that's taking advantage of sales, etc.

Anyway, I'm so sorry to hear about your store :(

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DELIA38961 1/24/2014 7:25PM

    well that kinda sucks that your fav store is closing emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/24/2014 7:17PM

    Can't we all be virtual neighbors? emoticon

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IDLETYME 1/24/2014 6:32PM

    There may be some good things about your Monster store - you not eating and drinking some things you did before. I hope you can find a good store close to you so you can dump the Monster. Best wishes!

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MAYBER 1/24/2014 6:28PM

    Have found a neighborhood grocery store some things may be more expensive but in the long run it is better to support the little independent that the big conglomerate the store bags your groceries and carries them to the car that is a real plus for me one day at a time

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    I shop at my locally owned co-op: Boise Co-op. I've done so for the last 20 years. In the last 2 years the entire store had a massive shake up on all fronts. Precipitated by 3 similar type stores coming into town: Whole Foods, Natural Grocers (within spitting distance of my home), and now Trader Joes. The co-op's prices are high but not as much as Whole Foods. Trader Joes isn't my type of store and Natural Grocers is more of a dispensary of vitamins and supplements - not my bag.

I've grinned and coughed up more $ for my organic produce when necessary. It is what happens. We live in a profit-driven society. Unfortunately most companies think it is a greed-driven society. I think they are right.

I know what you mean about your favorite store no longer being available to you. I would hate the co-op to go out of business.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/24/2014 5:57PM

    It's a long way (7 miles) for me to get to ANY grocery store. The closest one, a family owned Shoprite used to have the best and lowest cost produce and meat too. They had been there since 1982.

A few years ago Food Lion opened across the road from them. They hung on for awhile but lost their customer base. I really couldn't understand it. Their other prices weren't out of line. However, they couldn't stock the variety of the large chain and that was sad. Very sad.

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MADEIT3 1/24/2014 5:49PM

    I think it's really important to have a grocery you trust and can live with the prices. We have had a Whole Foods here forever - I've heard it called "whole paychecks!" Last month, a Sprouts opened and I can't believe how low the prices are - at least so far. It is way out of my way, but they offer a lot of locally grown and produced goods, and the prices are beyond reasonable. I just hope it doesn't go away soon!

Hope you get more competition for organic and locally grown food in your area!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/24/2014 5:22PM


I hope you find another store with lower prices, although it seems lower prices are a thing of the past, however I do wish you luck with this.

It has been great getting to know you!

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    My husband and I often talk about all the wonderful places that have closed over the years in my area. Many of them we will never see the likes of again. Fast food places and chain stores have replaced them. The quality tanked and the prices soared.

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WALLAHALLA 1/24/2014 5:15PM

    Our favorite store got bought out, and it is not the same. If we want half way decent meat, we have to plan ahead, and drive at least an hour to get it.

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PICKIE98 1/24/2014 3:51PM

    I DO hope you made sure to let the new owners know about your loyalty to the old owners and WHY you no longer shop there..If you spread the word, maybe this place will have to have specials, sales or either be cheaper or close up..

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ONTHEPATH2 1/24/2014 3:23PM

    Oooooh, hugs! My fav store also closed. I have found something somewhat close, but the produce isn't quite as good. I can get better produce at one of the large chain stores, but then get tempted by all the junk! Good luck!!!

Have a great weekend!


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