In our little town, grocery shopping is about to change and there’s not much that could happen around here that would make me any happier. I’ve moaned and complained about Kroger since we got here, though I’m not sure what I would be doing if we didn’t have it. While googling, trying to find out when our Aldi is going to open, I found this article about our Kroger. I’m not sure how much of it is embellished (such as . . whether the Kroger building predates the forming of Brown County . . but a whole lot of what they say is fact. I suppose it isn’t unlike most corporate owned grocery stores these days in that a few of the people are nice and helpful, but many are downright rude and lazy. I was hoping our new manager would turn things around and I’m afraid things are going the wrong direction. There’s rarely a time when I go in there that I’m not trying to track down someone to see if they have more of something because the shelves are empty — pears, onions, cucumbers . . things a grocery store should always have. I will not miss Kroger and once our new stores open, I can’t see a reason to ever go back to that store. I hate saying that because I understand no business stays in business without customer support but Kroger has totally lost my support. I feel kinda bad for the new manager because no matter what they do in there, with two new grocery stores opening, Kroger’s numbers are not going to look good on paper and I know how all corporations come down on management when that happens . . even when it’s totally out of their control. Here’s a funny (or not so funny example). At one retail establishment (no names mentioned here!), one year the store had very little snow and the next year, it snowed so much. Every time they got the parking lot cleaned, it snowed again. That year the manager was in hot water because the cost of snow removal was up something like 500% from the previous year. Some managers are good but controlling the snow fall . . could be a bit much to expect.
We have a new United, which I think may be part of the Albertson’s network, that is scheduled to open in June. My understanding is they will have a real butcher (vs. getting all the meat in pre-packaged) and a deli where you can sit down and eat. I’d be real happy if they had fresh seafood but that’s probably asking for too much.
I’m most excited about Aldi. I’m so excited that when I’m out, I ride by there and try to peek in the windows to see what’s going on. They say they’re opening “Spring, 2015”. Hey .. it’s Spring, 2015! Open up! Let me in!
Last week I was by there and they had concrete trucks out front pouring ramps and things . . I couldn’t sneak up and peek in the windows. Their website has Grand Openings listed up to April 19 and Brownwood is not listed but sometimes those places open and then the Grand Opening happens a few weeks later. No matter when they open . . we’re closer to that date than we were 2 months ago so I’ll have to be patient.