So - to add to the I hate Acme theme - where I live in Northern Westchester we had a monster storm on Tuesday. Where I live was on the outskirts but there were 4 small tornadoes. When the power was restored I went to the little Acme in my neighborhood just to get a couple of things for breakfast and they had no perishables. They were restocking the shelves. Seriously - a supermarket with no generator? Must have cost them a fortune in losses!
Insurance would cover the loss, most stores carry spoliage endorsements. And in my experience most stores do not have generators
That’s true - didn’t think of that - duh!
Anybody around here like Livottis?
I occasionally shop at the Marlboro Livoti’s for vegetables. But the one thing I really like is their sensational marzipan rainbow cookies, my all-time favorite cookie. For that alone, I’m thrilled to have Livoti’s five minutes from our house.
I like the produce too. Their specialty cuts are also pretty good. And I like their EVO selection.
Don’t always like the crowd in there though.
looks like the SR in Shrewsbury will be open in Nov, they’ve made some great progress over last cpl months…once lawsuit was settled they flew.
LIDL in Eatontown will be open on Halloween. So hopefully we’ll have some more options in the area soon as we sure could use them. I was really surprised that Stop and Shop never made a move for the A&P in Tinton Falls that closed and is now an Acme. Would have given them a footprint in the area. That Acme is now toast though…really see now path forward for them…Foodtown will prob survive but don’t think the changes they made so far as the “New” Foodtown are enough…they need to lower prices across the board at this point before it’s too little too late…
I don’t think lower prices are going to happen. There’s enough $$ on that peninsula that Foodtown will survive just fine without having to do a thing.
I cannot wait for that Shop Rite to open!!! Funny thing is looking at it, it seems like parking will be as screwed up at West Long Branch and Neptune locations. I think their parking lot designers are retired crossword puzzle people. lol I’ve also become a big fan of their cigar selection and pricing, they beat any cigar shops in the area. They have become my go-to for cigars now.
I’m holding out hope that a Whole Foods will move into the soon to be defunct Acme in Tinton Falls.
Lidl looks interesting, I understand this is one of 3 they are opening in NJ. Only 6 extra wide isles and some/small appliances? (That’s what I heard on a radio advertisement)
I assume Lidl (no final ‘e’) will be very similar to Aldi, as they are in Europe. I believe both use basic interiors, quarter deposits on the carts returned when you bring them back to the corral, no free bags, you bag your own groceries, etc. In return, you get much lower prices. Aldi’s store brand gets a lot of positive reviews; I have not seen much on Lidl’s yet.
It’s official, Nov 14th for ShopRite Shrewsbury. Mark you calendars. It’s sad how much I am looking forward to this place. Saw some pictures and it looks HUGE.
More choices are headed to the Hazlet/Middletown/Matawan area as well. The Saker Family- Shop Rites dominate this area and some of their prices can be ludicrous, especially when it comes to produce. They pretty much have a monopoly because the Foodtowns and Stop and Shops nearby are even more horrendous and no one wants to go there.
The Aldi in Hazlet is moving across Route 35 to where the old Pathmark used to be. It is about triple the size. And then Lidl is opening pretty much next door, where Red Oak used to be. I hope they really hit Shop Rite’s wallet.
This Wednesday the 14th!!
So Shop-Rite is the worst, except for all the others?
I’ve been a Shop-Rite shopper for close to fifty years, and it is still my store of choice. (For starters, it has the best kosher selection of all the major supermarkets.) That said, I certainly avail myself of Costco, Walmart, Aldi, and local ethnic and produce stores.
I was excited about Lidl until I started reading about some of their labor practices. I’ll probably still go to see what it looks like, but I will also probably stick to Aldi (which gets high ratings).
Quality-wise, Shop Rite is the best. As is selection and overall quality. But their prices are insane. I don’t hate it, but their produce can be through the roof. For other items, they tend to be cheaper than the other major chains.
I enjoy Aldi. However, it gets annoying when they only have one register open while the line runs halfway around the store (Hazlet location). Trader Joe’s would be my go-to if they were closer, but they ain’t cheap either.
I saw protests in front of Lidl a few months ago. Apparently, there workers cannot join a union. Actually, Aldi is the same way. I believe Lidl associates start at $13 per hour and Aldi is $15. Shop Rite, which does unionize, starts at $11 and I hear working conditions/hours/treatment are far worse. So take your pick.
Another “vote” for Shop-Rite.
But I prefer the produce at Wegman’s - consistently better.
Agree with best kosher selection - sometimes, though, I’ll go down to Lakewood to those two huge supermarkets if I need a lot of meat, or some pastries (chocolate Danish/rugelech - I can’t figure out how to bake them right).
I like the butcher at the Shop-rite - he’ll cut me special cuts if I ask…
I really only go to the Shop-Rite in Marlboro. Their produce is awful. Wegman’s is much better although a bit pricier. The Acme in Morganville is a big store & very clean. I really only go there to get some specials. But that’s all I go to any grocery store for anyway.