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Shoprite in Scarsdale

  • roxlet Jan 17, 2011 09:44 AM
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We happened to be in the area today, and we decided to check out the new store. The parking lot was pretty intense, but we did manage to get a spot on the other end. First of all, the store is absolutely enormous. I was very impressed with their produce selection. They had some unusual/hard to find items like lemongrass and various Asian greens and South American tubers. I bought some gorgeous poblano peppers and some very nice looking navel oranges. The produce area also has prepared foods, a soup bar, and an Asian food bar. The bakery looked just so-so, and the baguettes didn't really look like baguettes -- more like long loaves of bread. The selection of canned goods was excellent, although they didn't seem to have anything much different than Fairway. I can't comment on prices relative to other stores since I don't usually shop on that basis. Based on the number of people shopping there, this Shoprite seems to have hit a nerve in the area. I would definitely go back in search of some specific and unusual produce items if nothing else.

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  1. Too funny, I was there today also and bought lemongrass, some French soft cheese and a D'Artagnan duck leg confit. Not sure how often I'd shop there as its a bit out of the way and there wasn't much I couldn't find closer to home. I was happy to see safflower oil mayo though.

    Were you at Chef Central today as well? That would just be too weird (although maybe not for Chowhounds).

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    Chef Central
    45 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY

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    1. re: jcmods

      Nope. We went past Chef Central, and I asked my son if we needed anything there (reason not the need?), but I was actually heading to Rojay to get some treat bags for a bake sale I'm cooking for. Since I needed a couple of things at the supermarket, I went into the Shoprite, which I was surprised to discover was in the same strip mall. It was complete happenstance.

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      Chef Central
      45 S Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY

      1. re: roxlet

        Where exactly is the new Shoprite? Is it on Central Ave?

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          It is at Central Avenue and Ardsley Road just south of the Scarsdale Ford. (In the same plaza as Annie Sez).

    2. Not a fan of the entrance hidden behind a brick wall all the way to the right of the store. Not a fan of having to walk acres through the store - passing a takeout restaurant - passing a full size drug store - passing a hardware store, etc. to get to the dairy (typical store layout - but ridiculously far away from the entrance). Not a fan of the surly check out staff. Not a fan of the parking lot which has the best parking area taken up by the entrance roads. Not a fan that there is no parking anywhere near the entrance at any hour. Not a fan.

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      1. re: demifast

        I agree...the entranceway, exits and the congestion at this new store really make for a bad shopping experience, even though it is still "new" for the area. I also think the layout is done badly for a store of this size and would think that for seniors and handicapped people it is difficult to get to the most popular aisles. Staff in Deli and Bakery dept's were sl...ow... and not really knowledgeable. All in all a good effort Shoprite and great prices for opening weeks!

        1. re: midclass

          Try returning bottles there! I had a few, so I said what the heck, I'll take them on my madien voyage to the new store. Big mistake. Bottle return was all the way on the far side of the store. There was no one to help when the machine jamed, and only 4 machines for that monster of a store? Taking the cart and walking up to ramps just to get to the entrance, and I had to bring the rest of my bottles in to customer service...
          Also the can section was not very well stocked. I had to ask for 4 items that were not on the shelf, 3 were in the back.. There was no prices listed for a bunch of the root vegtables. When I asked someone in produce, it was obvious they had no clue what a parsnip was... I don't think I'll be going back soon.

          1. re: traceyk

            Yes, I'm sure Stop & Shop employees are not let on the floor unless they can identify a parsnip!

            BTW, ShopRite is a "cooperative" and all the stores are separately owned or groups of stores. Does anyone know which group operates this ShopRite? (The Glass ShopRites in Northern NJ are the best of their ilk, far superior to the Inserra SR's. )

            1. re: menton1

              It's a corporate-owned location. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note...

              1. re: RoleModel

                ShopRite doesn't have corporate-owned locations. As the link you posted says, this one is owned by the SRS group, which operates 28 other ShopRites.

                I'm not familiar with SRS, I only know of Glass and Inserra groups. The Glass stores are top-notch.

                1. re: menton1

                  SRS is a subsidiary formed by Wakefern, stemming from the downfall of the Big V group who owned a lot of SR's up there.

                  http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Wakefer...

                  1. re: RoleModel

                    Ok, interesting. That is an anomaly, though. Seems that they bailed them out rather than lose all those stores. Most of the chain is cooperative- owned, though.

        2. re: demifast

          I will admit it is a bizarre layout. But they have lemongrass! I have never seen it anywhere. Not even Fairway (though maybe I need to look harder). Since I live in Mt. Vernon Fairway is actually closer to me. I wouldn't write off a store with unusual items solely for the layout. It would annoy me more if it was the usual array of garbage being sold. Maybe Westchester markets are finally getting up to speed with Suburban PA.

          1. re: jcmods

            Just some info I found out, The Golden Village in the shopping center with CPK, Mrs. Greens, and Havana Jeans, on Central Ave. in Scarsdale, also has lemongrass!

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            Golden Village
            365 Central Park Ave Ste 6, Scarsdale, NY 10583

            1. re: jcmods

              Tarry market in port chester has lemongrass too.

            2. re: demifast

              I've gone a couple of times in the evening (not too late - between 7 and 9:30), and the store was quiet, the staff was very friendly, and there was plenty of parking. I agree the layout is a bit weird, but overall a very nice shopping experience.

              1. re: scarsdalesurprise

                It's interesting that the two new ShopRites, Scarsdale and White Plains have such distinct atmospheres. Scarsdale has more Asian produce and White Plains has more Latino items. I am just happy to finally have other choices of supermarkets after so many years of only Stop and Shop and Whole Foods (in White Plains) available to us.

                1. re: lucyis

                  Stop and Shop is too cookie-cutter. Once you've been in one, you've been in them all.

            3. And call me petty - but I can't stand their ads - those can can dancers and that music is borderline offensive. Plus, I don't use many canned items - so the pun falls flat with me.

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              1. re: demifast

                I kind of like the retro ads, they are basically the same ads as back in the 60's and 70's, maybe from even earlier. As a kid I thought they were fun. Now they can get a little grating, but not that bad; but then I dvr everything and can fast forward.

                1. re: JMF

                  Yes, the "can can" ads are iconic. Still, I never used to have a great impression of Shop Rite (and I never really had one near me). However, you gotta believe me when I say the one on Central Ave is a cut above Stop N Shop and I go to the "Super Stop N Shop" in the Cross County. I am not saying it is Fairway by any stretch, but it has quite a few similar items.

                  1. re: jcmods

                    I also went there this weekend. Thought the layout was awful. An employee returning items to the shelf took my cart by mistake. Bought my son crumb cake from the bakery for a treat and it is awful, unedible. I like the one in New Rochelle much better despite the awkward entrance the rest of the layout makes more sense.

              2. Does anyone know what sort of kosher meat department they have? Is it more than a few pieces of packaged Empire chicken? I recall that their grand opening ads claimed that they would have a kosher department. Also how large is their Passover section? I don't really care about the everyday packaged kosher stuff. Thanks.

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                1. re: MisterBill2

                  I don't know what qualifies as a large kosher meat department, but it is definitely more than a few pieces of Empire chicken. They did have an assortment of meats, if I remember correctly.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    I did not look at the kosher meat section however the passover section was not huge. They do carry some brands I have not seen before though. The a&p in scarsdale on central avenue in addition to the one in Mr kisco have in the past had a huge selection of passover products.

                    1. re: chowdom

                      Thanks. I'll have to check it out. BTW, my definition of a huge Passover department is the 5 aisles they had at the Monsey Pathmark, which sadly closed in the past year. I doubt there is anything in Westchester that compares. We have relatives on Long Island, so I will go to the Shoprite in Plainview, which has a long aisle of Passover stuff, and a candy department that sells bulk Kosher for Passover stuff. They also have a kosher butcher in the store (like Fairway has).

                      1. re: MisterBill2

                        Where is the darn Passover Coke? It's very late to appear this year in NY Metro!

                        1. re: menton1

                          I was told by the manager of the Shoprite near Kingston that it would be coming to the stores this week. Also coming will be Passover Dr. Pepper

                          1. re: jayjay

                            Pretty pissy. On the General Board, apparently it's been out in LA and Chicago markets for over 2 weeks now!

                            1. re: menton1

                              Just got a call from my local Shoprite that the local Coke warehouse will be receiving Passover Coke on March 28th. They said that it should get into the store on April 1st or 2nd. I assume this schedule will be similar at other Shoprites.

                              Mention1--Passover begins the evening of April 18th, so there still is plenty of time to load up with that coke. If, like many people, you want to buy it for the sugar and you can't wait for the "sugar rush", consider going to a local Mexican foot mart.

                              1. re: jayjay

                                No, SR has the Mexican Coke, $1.09 for a 12 oz bottle. The Passover Coke will be a lot cheaper. And its apparently been available in other markets for a couple of weeks now.

                                It's cane sugar for the flavor, you can get the same "sugar rush" from HFCS, but that is not what I'm after. There are also many designer sodas with real cane sugar available now, Fairway has a half-dozen brands, including Boylan's.

                          2. re: menton1

                            I got Passover Coke at SR last week, it was $4/4. It's on sale for that price next week as well. Even got Passover Pepsi today for 25c with the coupon from the Wednesday paper. I don't think I've had JP Pepsi in years.

                            The schedule is obviously based on when the local bottler converted their line and got rabbinic approval that it was kosher for Passover.

                            1. re: MisterBill2

                              MisterBill2 not sure if you are interested or were already aware of this but I thought I would mention that the Scarsdale shoprite has an appetizing secton in the deli area that includes whole salmon, sable and whitefish, chopped liver and a variety of flavored cream cheese.

                              1. re: chowdom

                                Thanks.. I never got to the Scarsdale store (I will be in the area in a few weeks and will try to stop by) but I was at the White Plains Shoprite last weekend. They did have fresh kosher Empire poultry, which was more than the SR stores in my area had. BTW the WP store now offers a 75c discount for your parking when you spend $20. I'm not sure if a minimum purchase was required originally.

                                I can get all that appetizing stuff at Fairway. And I buy my smoked (and baked) salmon at Costco.

                                1. re: MisterBill2

                                  The Nova i Fairway is very good and reasonable. The packaged stuff is cheaper than the hand sliced. The best Westchester Nova is from LaMare - Portier smokehouse in Mamaroneck.

                                  Costco Nova is loaded with salt for long shelf life.

                                  Most supermarkets and delis buy smoked salmon from Acme which is not great. The independent smokehouses buy fresher fish for starters. Try Zabar's or Russ & Daughters in NY and go down from there.

                                  1. re: Barrels41

                                    The Mt Kisco Smokehouse is the absolute best smoked fish around North of Russ & Daughters!

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                                    Mt Kisco Smokehouse
                                    520 Lexington Ave Mt, Kisco, NY

                                    1. re: Barrels41

                                      Seems Portier Smokehouse is out of business.

                                      1. re: Barrels41

                                        re Portier Smokehouse: The last time I went to the Portier location in Mamaroneck, which was several months ago, Imperial Seafood had taken over their location and was carrying their products

                                  2. re: chowdom

                                    I was there this week and it seems that no one is ordering it as most stuff looked dried out. they need to cover it in plastic wrap.

                                    1. re: rolise

                                      The store has gone downhill very quickly. They are not carrying many of the items they did when they first opened, it is difficult to get around, customer service can be great or horrible (never know what your going to get) shelves are often poorly stocked...plugra butter is cheaper at Fairway and boars head natural casing hotdogs are cheaper everywhere else.

                                      1. re: chowdom

                                        I agree. They have stopped carrying many of the items I used to go there for, their prices have gone up and it's generally an unpleasant experience to shop there.

                        2. So I finally got to the Shoprite in Scarsdale today. I thought it was horrible. The aisles are short and they've got big pillars (obviously structural) all over the place so you can't easily get around people in many places. They have triple coupons this weekend and the shelves were poorly stocked of many things. The employees in dairy were not restocking sale items, even though in some cases they had cases of the items blocking aisles and sitting waiting to be put out. I ended up having to stop off at the one in Thornwood on the way home (which did not have triples) to buy stuff that Scarsdale was out of stock on. They did have a nice kosher section. I will not be going out of my way to return. I thought the WP store was much nicer.

                          Oh, and the little old lady ahead of me on line took 5 minutes to pay for her order. It reminded me of when I used to live in Queens.

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                          1. re: MisterBill2

                            The layout at this store is really horrible. I agree.

                            1. re: rolise

                              The Scarsdale layout is a function of fitting into an existing building.
                              The store is very good and busy.
                              If you want a bigger store then go to White Plains. They credit your 1 hour parking.
                              If they dropped an item perhaps it was not selling. Ask customer service.

                              1. re: Barrels41

                                The only way you'd say that the Scarsdale Shoprite is very good is if you're comparing it to the other crappy option down there. As someone who lives further north and has many much nicer Shoprite's to choose from, it is a terrible store. Even compared to WP it's terrible.