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Jan 18, 2010 02:37 PM

Shop Rite vs Stop & Shop New Rochell

I gave the new Shop Rite on Palmer Ave a try last week and I don't think I'll be going back on a regular basis. First of all, the layout is a little convoluted, you can't do a one way walk through and hit everything in the store. I bought some fresh brocollini (the tag was labeled correctly, but the signage labeled it Brocolli Rabe) - it was the sweetest I've ever had. However, they did not have any kirby cucumbers (something we eat a lot of). Or bananas (plenty of plantains). I thought the prices were good, but they did not have a few of my regular items, like washing machine detergent for high efficiency machines. One of my beefs with S&S is the selection - but Shop Rite was even worse because they didn't even have the high-end stuff (too much of their own store brand) Also, the lighting is not good, it just doesn't appear very open and clean.

I am disappointed as I was looking forward to some real competition with S&S. I have driven to other ShopRite's for specials and will keep an eye out for them here, but won't be making this my regular grocery shopping destination.

Anyone want to share their experience?

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  1. I have had a similar experience at the Food Emporium in Rye Brook that is now A&P Fresh. They seem to be limiting the selection and dropping many items. The lighting is a grey tone (I think it might be the new energy efficient kind) which does not make the place look clean and inviting. Since A&P, A&P Fresh, and Pathmark are co-owned they seem to carry the same merchandise. D'Ag, although small, has high end stuff with EXTREMELY HIGH prices. Stop and Shop is looking interesting but certainly not my favorite place to shop.

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    1. re: debmom

      Sames goes for the former Food Emporium in Harrison--now an A&P--very disappointing.

    2. Pobo, I just bought some kirby cucumbers @ SR in NR yesterday. They weren't the best, but better than the quality @ S&S. I have always preferred SR over S&S and am glad to hear that they are coming to City Center in WP (although, I hope they work out the parking situation first-- like, it had better be free since I will be damned before I have to pay to park to grocery shop!).

      My son had a Philly cheesesteak made to order and it was...not bad. Very pleased with the selection there, particularly the less expensive store brands and healthy foods such as Vitatops (good selection) and some of the healthier frozen dinners.

      I was wondering about the grey lighting, too. I thought the layout was good, I cruised the perimeter then just went down the aisles I needed.

      My beef is the parking. If you get there at peak times, you can forget about it. That situation is worse than Stew Leonard's, at least Stew has auxiliary lots. Here, you are SOL.

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      1. re: Dim Sum Diva

        Good to hear Shoprite is okay. It's about time someone gave Stop and Shop some competition, they were getting megalomaniacal with their prices.

        Thanks on the tip about going there at off-peak times.

        1. re: Dim Sum Diva

          Where in City Center Dim Sum? I can't envision a super market functioning in that space? Using the same parking lot as for Barnes & Noble, Target and the movie theaters, et al?

          1. re: laylag

            is there anything occupying where the circuit city used to be? My guess would be that it would go there, if anything


            from LoHud:
            The supermarket signed an agreement to lease a 75,000-square-foot space on the mall's second floor, which Filene's Basement vacated in August 2008."

        2. ShopRite pricing is about 20% lower than S & S... That's a big savings over a 1-year period!