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New Rouse's on Baronne and Girod

mrsfury Nov 16, 2011 04:58 PM

Went there today on my lunch hour. They have every kind of prepared food you could ask for (including pizza made to order), a fantastic produce department (they had stuff I'd never even seen before) and friendly staff. I did not have the time to check out the entire store but I'll be back often enough to know it like the back of my hand, probably within a month. The raw shrimp looked great but I didn't notice the price. I got several varieties of olives from the olive bar, manchego cheese, Abbey Ale and a stuffed artichoke to go. My friend got two large fresh turkey wraps for just under five bucks. There were so many different free samples you could make a lunch out of them.

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    kevin Nov 17, 2011 04:59 PM

    Is Baronne and Girod very close to the old Ugglesich's location at Baronne and Erato?


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    1. re: kevin
      shanefink Nov 17, 2011 06:50 PM

      Not quite. Uggie’s was on the other side of the highway overpass. It’s probably about 6-7 blocks.

    2. uptownlibrarian Nov 17, 2011 06:07 AM

      The St. James cheese counter and the pho bar make it the best grocery in town. Wish I lived closer.

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        Hungry Celeste Nov 17, 2011 07:47 AM

        I had to blink twice: a pho bar? Aw, yeah.

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          califkatie Nov 17, 2011 05:06 PM

          Bet that's a first anywhere. sounds fun.

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        shanefink Nov 16, 2011 08:01 PM

        One thing that bothers me about Rouses (don’t get me wrong, I love that they put a place in the CBD) is their prices. Believe it or not, there are two things that I buy for my kids every week that are 15-20% more expensive at Rouses than at Whole Foods. I just find that hard to fathom.

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        1. re: shanefink
          collardman Nov 17, 2011 10:56 AM

          Every store adjust prices to their local/clientel. If you want to travel to five stores you can lower your grocery bill but it is the usual time/money trade off.

          We all make up our own tolerances when we do the convenience/quality/cost/selection balancing act. I'm sure you agree that there are some other things at Whole Food that are 15-20% more expensive than at some of the local chains.

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            shanefink Nov 17, 2011 04:20 PM

            No, I didn’t explain myself correctly. There are only two items that I buy for the kids every week. Nature’s Path Organic Oatmeal (3.99 at Whole Foods and $4.69 at Rouses) and Odwala Mango Tango ($8.99 at Whole Foods and $9.49 at Rouses). I brought this to their attention, but they didn’t do anything about it. I don’t know why I expect Whole Foods to be way pricier than a local grocery chain, but for me it seems as if they aren’t, especially if you want to buy organic milk by the gallon. They don’t offer that option at Rouse’s so you have to buy 2 1/2gallons for $3.99ea as opposed to a gallon at Whole Foods for $6.99.

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              Cajunmac2 Nov 26, 2011 08:14 AM

              Shane, might want to check back at the Rouses on Baronne with regard to the two specific items you cited. Any time after Tuesday, Nov 29. Happy Thanksgiving

          2. re: shanefink
            kibbles Nov 20, 2011 07:35 PM

            a friend said the same items at the Carrollton Rouse's are less expensive than the new CBD location.

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              shanefink Nov 26, 2011 02:11 PM

              Thanks guys. I was actually referring to the Rouses on Tchop with the high prices. I can understand paying a bit of a premium at the Baronne location, but when comparing the overhead on Tchop compared to the overhead of Whole Foods on Magazine, I would think that the prices should be lower at Rouses.

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