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It may have happened between your visits. I was there last Thursday when there was no chicken and the store was well stocked today. I friend told me the new store on Route 35 in Belmar had chicken when she was there on Sunday.

Neptune yesterday was restocked, but ONLY with breasts and drumsticks. All brands. So weird!
Oh, and while I was there, an announcement was made about their new store hours - now opening at 7am, and closing an hour earlier. Started this past Sunday, and I assume that’s for all of the Saker stores.

And I found this article about supply issues interesting…

Dang - I almost went to the Neptune store, which has become my usual store for “big” shopping but I only needed a couple of specific things and and Wall is easier to run an out of.

Thanks for the posting that article. We need to readjust our thinking to how most of the world has lived for a long time now. - long before COVID. My shopping lists have been written in pencil rather than ink for a while now.

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Completely agree. I ran in/out of Wegmans in Ocean on Monday and found the produce department had been DECIMATED. As in, a legit 75% empty. Walking a few aisles for other things, I saw more empty shelves. It’s really odd, but as I keep saying, WE have to rethink our Veruca Salt mindsets.

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Wow!! Sounds promising

WOW! ShopRite produce was mostly full. I bet this has more to do with store issues (ie Covid outbreaks) than nationwide supply-chain type issues. I wonder if it makes a difference what time you’re shopping. I was there later in the afternoon - maybe they had more time to restock.

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It was Wegmans that was decimated - not ShopRite! That’s why I was at SR the next day (GRRR). I do find that in general, SR is always better stocked vs. Wegmans…it’s continual at SR, whereas it always seems like Wegmans either has people restocking produce all at once (making it even MORE difficult and aggravating to navigate that department than it always is), or they have nobody. It’s one of the reasons that I choose to go to SR 95% of the time.

But yes, timing matters too; I’m a big fan of the 3:30 or later trips!

ETA that I was running errands up 35 today, and decided to use the USPS in Shrewsbury around 12:30. Sign? CLOSED until 1:25. Did I say GRRRRRRR?

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My Wegmans run was typically Saturday or Sunday at 7 am. It’s a crapshoot at that time for produce, but I refuse to go there later in the day.
Stop and shop in Neptune was always pretty well stocked.
And when in doubt, there is always Jalapenos market at first and main in Asbury for basic produce, which is always stocked. Same for Super Super Market at third and memorial.

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I was trying to say produce shortages may not be as global as we think if Wegmans is empty while ShopRite is well stocked. I guess I didn’t do a very good job.

I used to go to Wegmans often but the things for which it’s well known, like prepared foods and baked goods, are not things I typically buy. Now I usually go to the ShopRite in Neptune or Wall.

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I’ve never been to Jalapeños but Super Supermarket is one of my favorite stores. I’ll have to stop by the next time in the area.

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My builder friend is building it. Hmm…he rebuilt the Rum Runner after Sandy. I’ll ask him who will operate it.

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The USPS rule is that there must be at least two people on duty in the station when it’s open. So there have to be at least three people to stay open during lunchtime. (The Parlin station was always closed for an hour at lunchtime.)

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I have been going to Wegmans since it opened. I wasn’t happy when they eliminated their fresh food bars and counters but I have continued to do my weekly shopping there. On Wednesday the shortages were extreme. Five items I normally buy were not available! Many empty shelves.
So, yesterday I went to check out the new Wall Shop Rite. Totally amazing. No shortages there and lots of fresh food available.
How can this be? I guess I will be switching.

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I have always found the local ShopRites to be very well run.

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Seems like it’s a combo of # of/size of stores, who they do business with, + staffing problems.
On the flip, my SR has been out of quarts of their brand of half and half on and off for months, yet Costco always has Land 'o Lakes brand in stock AND for $1 less. :woman_shrugging:

(Sidebar re: staffing - I know 2 people who would be willing to work in Wegmans except Wegmans isn’t flexible about scheduling, so…welcome to staffing problems!)

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If there’s one thing these places owe workers it is a flexible schedule. Between the working conditions and dealing with the general public daily, they could at least work with people on scheduling.

The one thing keeping me at my current restaurant-ish job is that my boss works with me. It allows me to continue at the museum and do my lectures. With the outright rudeness we deal with daily (plus possible Covid exposure), I’d be gone, gone, gone if I did not have my schedule.

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There you go! This guy wanted an early AM shift but Wegmans required nights and/or weekends. :woman_shrugging:

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Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday that allows municipalities to designate outdoor areas where people can drink alcoholic beverages.

“Towns will now be allowed to designate the entire municipality or a section of it, such as a park or a few blocks of a downtown, as an “open container area” where people over 21 can carry and drink open containers of alcoholic beverages."

This is going to be interesting in AP and RB.

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And, Ocean Grove.

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The town may do it, but doesn’t have to.

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