Sad News: Best Value Glatt Kosher Market Closing, January 5
I was so sad when a Philadelphia friend who also shops there told me this. She asked the owners why they were closing, and was told the competition from the supermarkets was responsible. In other words, places like Kosher Experience had siphoned off so much business there wasn't enough left for them to make a living.
I don't even keep Kosher in my home, but I relied upon them for food to buy, so my daughter could visit and eat in my home, on paper, etc, etc. I also bought certain cuts of meat that I just felt were head and shoulders ahead of the quality I could buy anywhere else that I didn't mind paying a premium, even though it was for my own use.
Any suggestions for Glatt Kosher meats and prepared food in the Philadelphia area,to meet the highest standards, which my daughter insists upon? And please don't tell me Kosher Experience, because I'm a little bummed out about them right now.
I certainly didn't mean to start a controversy, but I sense what a complex issue this is.
The store to which I refer, Best Value Kosher Market in N. E. Philadelphia was one with excellent customer service to all. They were certainly most gracious and accomodating to me, an obviously not frum woman in my slacks and bare sleeves in the summer. And I thought their pricing was most fair. In any case, the quality of their deli for example fully justified a higher price. They were open on Sundays; they provided many a Kosher pre-cooked feast for Thanksgiving and other family occasions for my family.
I guess I'm kinda mourning their passing, but can understand what happened. For the long hours, they just weren't making enough money. And, people in the community just didn't see it coming. A great loss.
It been years since we lived there, but the web site always seems up to date, I know NOTHING about this place except that if the Vaad lists it, the kashrus is good.
Itzik Glatt Kosher Meats & Deli
7614 Castor Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19152
(between Napfle & Glendale
I was pricing a specific cut of meat at various places. I looked at two non-kosher places that carry kosher meat, the meat was similarly priced. Then I looked at my local kosher store -- priced so much higher than the others I almost couldn't believe it. A huge difference. Sorry, but I just can't afford to support them if their markup is so high. Also, I find that many of the options offered at my local kosher markets are just not contemporary, in terms of what's available. For instance, baked goods. I can get decent kosher items at local gourmet non-Jewish places or kosher bakeries. The treats offered at the kosher stores are just loaded with chemicals and shortening, and taste like cardboard with sweetened goo, not actual cake or cookies. I'm not sure why this is the case -- maybe the local kosher store is more stringent about certification than I, maybe they just order from certain companies and won't branch out. Either way, I can't afford to be responsible to keep them in business, as much as I like to support the little guy. I shop at our local kosher stores sometimes, but am much more likely to get many items elsewhere.
There is another side to the story.... a place which really provides good service and keeps up to date with the needs of the community rarely closes. Often places continue to close on SUnday afternoons because in the old days nobody shopped then, and don't sell newer foods because "nobody kosher eats that kiond of stuff" and are very nice to the regular customers but not welcoming to others. And then they wonder why sales are down. The fact is that with higher rents and supermarkets discovering the "strictly" kosher business and Rubashkin and others selling prepacked fresh meat... the odds are against the small operators. But it all started with the big kosher supervisions endorsing mass market products.
On balance, we, the kosher consumers, need the convenience of supermarkets and mass-market products.....because of our lifestyle, and there is no getting away from the realities of the situation
Yes, it is very short sighted for observant Jews to get into the habit of doing most of their shopping in big box stores, no matter how nice or convenient.
What I left out was how kind, how helpful the management of this store was to all. It was a pleasure to shop there for top quality foods, whether fresh meat, deli meat, prepared food, or canned goods. I for one did not mind paying a little more.
sadly, stores such as this, and kosher restaurants, will close down if Jews do not support them. We owe it to our own community to regularly go to these places, not just now and again whether we keep kosher or not.
I realise it is price determined. A jar of Manishewitz Gefilte Fish is obviously going to be cheaper at the supermarket than a kosher store.