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Dec 5, 2012 01:06 PM

Fresh & Easy to close up shop?

It's hit the news today that Tesco is considering exiting the US, which would likely mean shuttering its Fresh & Easy grocery chain.

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    1. Fresh & Easy is convenient to my father's winter home in Arizona and he shops there occasionally but I doubt if he would really miss it. There are so many other places to shop in that area that I'm not surprised F&E could not compete.

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      1. re: John E.

        In that respect I think Tesco chose poorly. They put F&E in one of the most competitive markets for grocery stores (Phoenix, at least 7 major chains, and California, also very competitive). Instead, they should have chosen a market like Florida, where Publix has a near-monopoly and another choice would likely be welcomed by consumers.

        1. re: aynrandgirl

          It's a bit sad ; ) but one of the things I like about visiting Arizona is all of the options for grocery shopping. The restaurants in Mesa are mostly not anything to envy however.

        2. re: John E.

          Several have already closed in Arizona.

        3. The one by me is usually fairly busy. I will throw such a big temper tantrum if they close it. I am addicted to their guacamole and their boxed Spanish rice.

          1. That would disappoint me. F&E is a helpful place for me to pick up some slightly nicer prepared foods than I can get at other stores. I have a bizarre schedule much of the time and don't always have time to cook for just myself and F&E has filled a gap. There used to be one just up the street from me, but it closed about 1.5 years ago. The remaining one in my home area is somewhat inconvenient to get to, but I do manage to make it there once a week and it always seems moderately busy.

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            1. re: laskiblue

              "F&E has flled a gap"
              That's it--couldn't figure out exactly why I find F & E okay, but not enough for me. It does fill an "occasional" gap, but just not well stocked enough to take the place of a full-on grocery store.

            2. unsurprising, their selection is terrible.

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              1. re: olyolyy

                I don't think they ever intended to be a full-service grocery store with a large selection of anything.

                1. re: olyolyy

                  I agree, the selection is terrible and the one I checked out most of the produce was prewrapped in plastic.

                  1. re: rasputina

                    The reason for prewrapping is so they -and you- don't have to weigh items at the checkout. Another way to save on cost: they know the inventory exactly and there is no 'waste'. Each package weighs more than the stated weight. All the prepackaged (and even individual) produce has a 'pull' date sticker on it.

                    1. re: Cathy

                      I don't need a bunch of extra packaging to buy some fresh fruit. Additionally, it limits your options in picking the fruit. I can't imagine that it saves costs for them to pay someone to prepackage the fruit vs weighing it at checkout.

                      1. re: rasputina

                        It saves Trader Joe's and Costco to pre-pack and pre-weigh. Less people handling, damaging and 'tasting' items without purchasing.

                        Also the Department of Weights and Measures can just test the weight of a package instead of testing each scale at the checkout. The scales don't have to be recalibrated daily; another cost that's passed on to you by grocers.

                        In addition, the consumer scans a bar code a the register and does not have to remember, look up or incorrectly input a number.

                        Many pieces of fruit and vegetables are sold as singles, each with its own barcode.

                        1. re: Cathy

                          Aldi packages produce in the same manner. It means each store does not need a produce guy trimming and taking care of the produce. The same situation happens with the meat at Walmart. There are no meat cutters in the back. All of the meat comes to the store prepackaged.

                          1. re: Cathy

                            The majority of Costco's fresh produce comes in flats or bags and they are sold at one price not by weight. In the case of pineapples, they are sold individually.

                            I haven't been to Trader Joes in years but from what I remember then the produce was all sold the same as in a normal grocery store. You bag what you want and they weigh at check out. Maybe it's changed, I don't know.

                            1. re: rasputina

                              It has changed. TJ's sells some fruit by the piece, but most produce is packaged and sold by pack, not weight. They do not have scales at the register