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Jun 3, 2009 06:30 PM

Super Foodtown in Lansdale

Vidalia lives! Was grabbing some birdseed from the pet store when I saw the phoenix risen from the ashes! At the old Vidalia location is a super Foodtown! I always loved the layout and some of the items at Vidalia and I got to walk through those doors again tonite! They only opened last week. I was starving and had no idea what to do about dinner about eight thirty tonite when I strolled in there and got chicken pot pie with a puff pastry crust (at 2.00 a pound reduced price due to the lateness of the hour) and a few pieces of fried chicken (reduced to 2.99 a pound) I Both from the hot foods section couldn't resist a garlic parm herb foccacia for 2.99 as well. Nibbling on everything now, and it is all tasty and fresh. Later I'll try the parfait I grabbed from the bakery. The beer is gone. /cry. As are the computers from the upstairs lounge. But the big screen tv remains. Boo! I'm delighted to see that big space not going to waste. Now if they would just reopen the old Clemens in Lansdale as well. That place was the heart of Lansdale and employed so many senior citizens and handicapped people that I'm sure Lansdale is still reeling from that great loss. I plan to hit Foodtown often while the quality and service both still have that freshly opened bling!

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  1. Is Foodtown a chain of some sort? I have never heard of it.

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    1. re: crazyspice

      Me either, I'll check the flyer I got.

      1. re: givemecarbs

        Cooperative chain (like Shop Rite) with many stores in Central and North Jersey. Only a few in PA.

      2. re: crazyspice

        Foodtown is a chain of 62 supermarkets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They've been in New Jersey and New York for over 50 years, but have just branched into Pennsylvania in the last 10. They have five stores in the Wilkes-Barre area, one in the Poconos, and now one in Lansdale.

        1. re: wemeier

          Since they are a cooperative , they are independently owned, how does a sales guy sell them? Do they have a corp. office

      3. Not to worry... I hear they'll be stocking beer soon. They're waiting for the beer license transfer to complete. Several people have asked the store owner to stock the same types of specialty beers that Vidalia stocked. If enough people ask, I think he can be persuaded to do that.

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        1. re: wemeier

          OOo nice. Last summer one of my favorite mini-vacations was to grab a beer at vidalia and then go upstairs and waste time on the net. Or read chowhound which is never a waste of time. :) I was losing hope on the beer because they seemed to have converted their beer storage area into more aisles of merchandise. They even moved the stairway going up to the eat in area.

          1. re: wemeier

            That is good to hear because Foodtown is a low end Jersey chain but I will certainly go there if they have a beer selection like Vidalia did. The Vidalia market was fairly weak anyway, though their seafood was OK but I would do a full shop there because I wanted good beer.

            1. re: Kater

              I live 5 minutes from here but haven't been in yet. My wife has and seems to like it. All I know is that if they continue to have the same exorbitant prices that Vidalia did they won't stay in business too long, unlikely given that it is a chain and a low-end one at that. I'm also glad that they will be carrying beer as well but again, if they charge $15 for six-packs like Vidali I won't be interested. We shall see, I hope they are reasonable and successful.

              1. re: Schpsychman

                Actually I think that Vidalia would have been absolutely fine if they would have improved their quality - most notably the prepared foods and produce section and fired every employee they had.

                I am very happy to pay for quality and selection but you have to create an upscale avenue. The employees at Vidalia just were not anywhere close to the level of service and enthusiasm that you have to provide at a premium market and their product knowledge was dismal. With a little publicity for the beer selection and enough start up capital I think they could have made a killing!

                1. re: Kater

                  I have to disagree. I was once behind someone in line who bought three small plastic bags worth of groceries and when the clerk said "that will be $110" I nearly hit the floor! Say what? And, I'll go down to the beer distributor and buy a CASE of beer for $28-30 rather than spend $15-20 on a six-pack. Having lived in the area for 20 years I know that this kind of "upscale" grocery store will not make it on South Broad St. in Lansdale. A Super Foodtown, on the other hand, probably will. I'll pay for quality too but Vidalia was ridiculous IMO.

                  1. re: Schpsychman

                    I loved Vidalia for what it offered. I'd find myself gravitating there instead of the Acme, which I also love. I miss the Acme being open 24 hours though. I could run into Vidalia when I was tired, hungry and really pressed for time, grab a few items and be on my way. No way I could afford to get my full grocery list there though. I hear ya on that Schpsychman! I too saw some crazy ring up prices on customers ahead of me. Kater I hear you on the service. Even shortly after Vidalia opened I would see the butcher hiding in back and refusing to come out and wait on customers. But there were some real gems there, in addition to the great layout. I was desperate for something to bring to a family Easter gathering and I grabbed a sweet braided bread wreath with colored hard cooked eggs entwined and even decorated with marshmallow bunnies and jelly beans for five bucks. The family was wowed by it and that made me really happy.

                  2. re: Kater

                    I have to agree with you on one thing only, they would indeed have made a killing if they improved their quality.
                    Something I don't agree on, is the firing of every employee, once a Vidalia employee myself, you have NO IDEA as to the crap us employees had to deal with from the owners and management. It was a fight for every dollar we made while working there, and on top of that we went without benefits for a month at the least without knowing it, due to the "amazing" owners not paying the bills. We had a right to be cranky, we delt with idiots for owners. I'm sorry to sound rude to them, they were extremely nice people, but were not meant to be business owners.

                    1. re: coffeegirl91

                      Ouch coffeegirl. That is terrible. I believe you. Some of the worst jobs I've had were working for a family business. I got a bad feeling when the toy crane machine and some other ones appeared near the exit. They just made no sense at all for the kind of upscale feeling (and pricing) of the place.

            2. wow, foodtown in pa? cool.

              wonder if they have knishes?

              if wishes were knishes.......

              1. Foodtown is one of the few places (maybe the only place in PA) where you can find Tree Tavern frozen pizza. Great stuff, don't let the cheap looking package fool ya.

                1. I was in the Foodtown the other day and their prices are quite good. They tend more towards Weis Markets and Giant than they do Acme. In fact, the Dairy prices are probably some of the lowest prices in the area!

                  Their floral department is small, but very nice. Their produce is very good quality and they have a great selection of cheese. Their meat section is small, but they have a good selection. And, they have a full-service seafood department! They also have a selection of natural items!

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                  1. re: wemeier

                    I got a nice sweet seedless watermelon from foodtown. It got devoured! Any sign of that beer yet wemeier?