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Supersol in Queens Closing- to be replaced by Pomegranate

latke Sep 19, 2010 06:22 PM

The ridiculously overpriced and boring Supersol is going out of business and will be replaced by Pomegranate. Also expensive, but at least pretty? Will they compete with Aron's and Brach's in price? If they don't, they may not last either. Queens shoppers are sick of overpriced items- why is everything in Brooklyn always cheaper?

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    Reveg Sep 19, 2010 06:40 PM

    Meir Gold - former manager at Supersol Queens- and most currently at Pomegranate - purchased the store and is reopening after complete renovation. He gave Pom. notice. Meir was very popular while at Supersol and intends to provide Queens with a quality affordable product.

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    1. re: Reveg
      DeisCane Sep 20, 2010 07:09 AM

      So it's not going to be a Pomegranate but another kosher market run by a former Pomegranate employee? Big difference, imo.

      1. re: Reveg
        daninnyc Sep 22, 2010 01:42 AM

        Does anyone know how I can get in touch with Meir Gold?

      2. pitagirl Sep 20, 2010 09:59 AM

        I don't see how Pom is any more than expensive then lets say Chap a nosh plus and glatt mart, I admit the take-out is expensive, but other than that I think it's priced the same as the other - clean- supermarkets and they stand behind their products, which most other places don't.

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        1. re: pitagirl
          latke Sep 20, 2010 10:49 AM

          Pomegranate is expensive compared to KRM Kollel, Moisha's, and Goldberg's- their sale prices are never as good, particularly on paper goods.

          1. re: latke
            koshergourmetmart Sep 20, 2010 11:56 AM

            I think that the best paper goods prices are at amazing savings. People do not go to Pomegranate primarily for paper goods-it is more of an impulse item. The customer who is shopping thinks, oh I need paper plates. I'll get them here since I am already parked rather than go to a different store with my kids and have to find a parking space. I do not think most stores (other than mainstream supermarkets) get people in the store with discount paper good prices.

            1. re: koshergourmetmart
              cheesecake17 Sep 20, 2010 12:22 PM

              You'd be surprised at how many people (at least people I know) add paper products to their Pomegranate shopping lists. Paper plates, plastic silverware, plastic cups, napkins, paper towels... they add it to their list with the intention of purchasing it.. not as an impulse.

              1. re: cheesecake17
                DeisCane Sep 20, 2010 12:46 PM

                Yes, but KGM's point is that one does not go to a gourmet market in order to purchase paper goods, so a gourmet market has the license to charge a premium for that. It's not a kosher thing. It's a consumer behavior thing. We basically never purchase paper goods anywhere but Target or Costco.

                1. re: DeisCane
                  latke Sep 20, 2010 01:26 PM

                  I''m always jealous of Brooklyn shoppers seeing the KRM and Goldberg's ads every week- their prices on everything is simply great. One stop shopping with warehouse type prices . In Supersol in Queens, EVERY SINGLE ITEM (besides fresh meat, surprisingly) was at least 10% more expensive than any other store, and often a lot more. It was simply amazing how much they gouged the customer.

                  Sour Sticks in Arons and Brachs- $1.69; Supersol $1.89
                  Gefen Cup of Noodles- 89 cents elsewhere, Supersol $1.19

                  If this new Pomegranate clone keeps this old pricing scheme up ,they won't last. I was shocked how many Kosher for Passover items I found while shopping at their going out of business sale yesterday.

                  1. re: latke
                    avitrek Sep 20, 2010 03:05 PM

                    Latke, 20-30 cents is hardly price gouging. Also, stores have different costs, especially rent. I don't know how real estate prices compare between the relevant parts of Brooklyn and Queens, but it wouldn't shock me if Queens was more expensive and stores charged more as a result.

                    1. re: avitrek
                      latke Sep 20, 2010 07:39 PM

                      Avitrek- I was comparing the Queens stores, not Brooklyn! You don't think 20-30 cents difference on one ~$1 item is alot?? A jar of Hellmann's Mayonnaise in Supersol was $5.99- at most, it's $4.99 elsewhere, often less. Those dollars quickly add up.

                  2. re: DeisCane
                    cheesecake17 Sep 21, 2010 06:30 AM

                    I agree with KGM in that people don't go specifically to Pomegranate to buy paper goods.. but they do put it on their lists as something to purchase.

                    BTW... I've found that paper plates, cups, utensils, tins, disposable containers are typically cheaper in amazing savings or KRM on sale than in Target or Costco

                    1. re: cheesecake17
                      koshergourmetmart Sep 21, 2010 09:32 AM

                      Pomegranate's reputation is for their food and food selection not their paper product selection. I do not think people driving from out of the area are going there to see what pomegranate's paper product selection is. It is something that if you are going there anyway and need paper products also you would buy them there so you do not need to go elsewhere.

                      1. re: koshergourmetmart
                        mrogovin Sep 21, 2010 10:20 AM

                        And, if you are driving, the cost of the gas (and in some areas parking, not to mention extra time) of making multiple stops to shop for paper goods here, vegetables there and take out in a 3rd place can quickly evaporate any savings in cost among the many stores. Warehouse stores can buy commodities cheaper or afford to do loss leaders. It is rare that a kosher store will have the best price on Tropicana, Dannon or other name brands of staple foods. Still, Supersol's prices on take out are ridiculous.

                        It is high time that Supersol was modernized and cleaned up. It is a shame that kosher markets can't look as clean and neat as a Stop & Shop, let alone Whole Foods. And frankly, I think the take out food at Pom is vastly over-rated. Not really better than any other kosher take out.

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