The great grocery hunt

Last week I tried out the Homeland version of The Store Formerly Known As Albertson’s, and I was not particularly impressed, so this week I ventured out to a location taken over by Williams, at 7001 NW 122nd.

This one was a little harder to judge: the floor plan is totally different, so much of my evaluation time was spent in the tedious business of finding stuff. (I never did find the taco-seasoning mix. At the old store, it was located near the pasta — the idea of putting it near the taco shells instead of 1.5 aisles away apparently doesn’t fit into contemporary marketing strategy — but no such luck here.) And the aisles were seriously cluttered: evidently I’d hit them very early in the transition and they were busy restocking stuff.

One thing Williams had in common with Homeland: they weren’t going to a lot of trouble to get rid of old Albertson’s house-brand products. The 1.75-quart tub of A-brand ice cream, $3.99 in its original home, was $3.69 at one store, $3.79 at the other. As clearance sales go, this does not impress. The major difference between them, though, was that despite the fact that both these stores kept most of their personnel after the change, the Williams crew has a distinct good-ol’-boy (or -girl) flavor, the same one I’d seen in their now-defunct Mayfair Market. And unlike Mayfair, the new Williams store does not seem to stock unfrosted blueberry Pop-Tarts, which I reasoned would be shelved near the 62 other flavors.

I’m inclined to give these guys another shot in a week or so, to see if they’re a bit more organized, but they’ve got one strike against them: NW 122nd and Rockwell is a heck of a long way to go for groceries.


  1. paulsmos »

    4 August 2007 · 11:40 pm

    I hope this doesn’t affect your elitism, but the neighborhood wally world around 23rd and north mac has only one type of unfrosted poptart…blueberry!!! O the unfairness of it all!! heh heh paf

  2. CGHill »

    5 August 2007 · 9:09 am

    If I have to go to one of those, I’d prefer 23rd and Penn, which is closer: but should it come to that, I’d just as soon order them from Amazon. It’s not like I have to have them Right This Minute.

  3. Ted »

    5 August 2007 · 9:43 am

    We had a similar grocery evolution around here when Food Lion was bought out. Some became Bloom, which is upscale and crappy, while the rest became Bottom Dollar, which is way discount and very crappy.

  4. Alan Kellogg »

    5 August 2007 · 7:32 pm

    We’ve still got Albertsons down here. Right between Vons and Ralphs in price. Don’t know ’bout your prices, but we’re sorta proud our food’s more expensive than the average in New York City. :)

  5. CGHill »

    5 August 2007 · 7:41 pm

    Food prices around here, if you believe ACCRA, are about seven percent below the national average; this figure is no doubt affected by the fact that half the groceries sold in this town are sold by Wal-Mart. (Albertson’s had about an 8-percent share when they packed up and left.)

    Never been to a Vons, though during my brief sojourn in L.A. (circa 1988) Ralphs was my store of choice.

  6. wamprat »

    5 August 2007 · 10:12 pm

    Go to Crest at 23rd and Meridian. Great prices.

  7. CGHill »

    18 August 2007 · 8:04 pm

    Well, the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near 23rd and Penn doesn’t have them.

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