Wegmans / Sams Club in Ocean County ?
As we all know Ocean county is a wastland when it comes to food .We can use Wegmans and/or Sams clubs.
Why are'nt they in the plans .It seems that the demographic will suport either one ...The New Walmart on hwy 37 has staled .If the Walmart goes through will Sam's be far behind ?
Any one with an answer ??
I really see NO value in a Sam's Club. I was a member once a while ago, (in Atlantic County) and quickly figured that sometimes the better price and deals were NOT at Sam's. It was very low end and not worth it at all.
For Bulk buying I am all about Costco. They keep their prices to a strict 15%, plus their brand tends to be pretty good.
Large Box stores are the ones who decide if it is worth their while to enter into a new location. I see nothing in the Ocean country area, so far to warrant their interest in development. The demographics, just aren't there, yet for something like Wegmans. Plus you have to look at the economy.
There is a Costco on Rt. 70 in either Toms River or Brick right off exit 88. I use to belong to the Costco in Edison when I lived in that area......they carried liquor which was a HUGE bonus....I knew people in the industry that would say with Costco's buying power they sold wine(s) at lower prices than mom and pop type liquor stores could purchase it from distributors.
It's my opinion that Wegmans is on the higher end of supermarkets and I don't think the demographics of the Toms River/Brick area are higher end shoppers. Although Wegmans meat, produce, deli, butcher area's are good.....I don't find the rest of their shopping to be that great. In my opinion they limit the amount of product variety they carry trying to push their own brands too much.
For bulk shopping I belong to BJ's........I have no complaints.
I have a Costco and a BJ's literally 5 miles down the road. Costco always wins for me.
I think I was in a Wegman's once, while travelling in NY state a few years back. I was that impressed that I don;t recall it. ;-)
While I do travel to the Cherry Hill area to hit up some food places, I miss in this area (H-Mart, WF and Trader Joes) one of those trips every 4-6 weeks serves.
If I were to wish for a grocery to come to Ocean County, I'd pick Fairways. I used to shop in their Red Hook location and loved the store.