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Shop Rite

not sure if this is Southern or Northern New England.

What are your opinions on this store if any?

The prices can be great when they have specials but they run the same ones over and over

(london broil, pork chops, boneless chicken)

The bakery at my store is pretty bad, I prefer picking up some pizza dough and making my own bread and rolls

The only other store here is Stop and Shop and for some reason I can't stand that store-something about it idk

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  1. Shop Rite is not in Northern New England. Shop Rite is a co-op and all stores are part of Wakefern in NJ. So your in a store where it could be a single owner or a store that has ownership of many. They do differ with the better stores being in NJ IMO. I live near the Enfield Ct store and I would rate as average but all stores in western ma northern ct average. Give me Fairway for a chain store any day

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    1. re: sakeandgin

      Thanks for the information, I think my store is one that has many owners - I have never heard of Fairway which is too bad

      it would be nice to have a decent chain store close by

    2. Fairway in Fairfield County NY NJ. Where you!

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        1. re: bagelman01

          I love going down to Fairway now and then. It's a 40 minute trip for me but I usually walk around the crazy expensive antique centers in the area and make an afternoon of it.

      1. Shop Rite's strategy is to be a high/low grocery store, so if you get something on sale, price can be very attractive, but if you get something at regular price, you will pay dearly. When they have their "Can Can sale", you can get great buys. The bakery at Stop & Shop is way better than Shop Rite's based on my experience with fresh-baked bread. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, check it out (not sure where you are). You may also like Wegman's if that is in your area.

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        1. re: Sherbro

          They are having their can-can sale this week.

          1. re: Sherbro

            Have you noticed the bake Chabaso bread in the store bakery now and have changed the packaging.

          2. Not sure if by Southern New England you mean Southern Fairfield County, but there is a Shop Rite in Norwalk, CT - and there is a positive embarrassment of riches in the area of grocery stores there. I do prefer Stop and Shop to Shop Rite myself, maybe it's just habit, but likely it's the improved selection / variety. I dislike their produce section - they tend to have a lot of stuff, but it's all not stored right - drowned in water or not kept at the right temperature or just plain old / not picked well.

            Besides these two stores, there's Fairway in Stamford; Whole Foods and Stew Leonards in Norwalk; Trader Joe's, The Fresh Market and Balducci's in Westport. Some are more expensive than others, but each does tend to have a couple of things that are unique to them, so I do visit each from time to time, to get particular brands, varieties or prepared foods that are unique to each.

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            1. re: sonance

              I love the Fresh Market in Westport. Their in store baked cookies made with butter are delicious!

            2. Here in Hamden CT, Shop Rite is right across the street from Stop & Shop, but I tend to go to Stop & Shop most of the time & Shop Rite only occasionally.

              The prices are comparable & the stores are about the same size. But the produce & bakery are much better at Stop & Shop, & I tend to prefer their brand assortment as well in some departments (e.g. dairy).

              I also prefer Stop & Shop's meat most of the time. But the Shop Rite meat department often has a greater variety of not-quite-mainstream items, e.g. all sorts of pig parts, organ meats, & "chicken paws" (my soup-making favorite) -- which is often what brings me into the store in the first place.

              The Mid-Atlantic roots of Shop Rite are clearly evident in some things -- for example, if I liked Taylor ham, that's where I would find it. FWIW, I liked the Shop Rite stores I've been to in NJ better than the local one, though of course Wegman's was far superior when I could get there.

              I actually think Big Y is overall a better general-purpose grocery store than either Shop Rite or Stop & Shop, but there isn't one as convenient to me (the nearest is North Haven) so I don't go there often. Stew Leonards & Trader Joe are both available to me on my way home from work, but neither is a full-service grocery & I tend to go to each for a few specific things, not basic shopping. (I like Stew's dairy, bakery & meat, TJ's canned goods & coffee, & both for cut flowers.)

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              1. re: benbenberi

                The Shop-Rite in Hamden Plaza occupies space that was Shaw's before they pulled out of CT. Shop-Rite was across the Street to the north of People's Bank 40 years ago. There were Shop-Rites in Hamden, West haven, Derby (now Adams) and they all lasted less than 5 years. About 18 years ago new franchisees came to the area. They are inconsistent because they are NOT a chain, but a buying co-op. Their house brands are inferior and their meats are usually on the low end of each grade. Ins store bakery is Yechhh and their deli, especially house brand-Black Bear disgusting. The only thing to buy their are packaged national brands that are on sale at a good price.

                Disclaimer...I've never bought their meat for human consumption, only to cook for the dogs, but it doesn't compare in quality to Stop and Shop or Big Y.

                I used to live less than 2 blocks from the Plaza store and had retail stores in the plaza in the space they now occupy.

                1. re: bagelman01

                  There is currently a Shop Rite in Derby; it's in the old Bradlees space on Pershing Drive and has been there at least 7 years, maybe close to ten. (The Derby Adams used to be a Klarides market; it may have been a Shop Rite before that, but I wouldn't know.)

                  As for Shop Rite, not a fan. Early on, they advertised Angus beef at a very good price but didn't have any. They did, however, have regular beef at the Angus price. Uh, no thanks. I don't even shop their Can-Can sale.

                  I have heard that the Milford Shop Rite (in the Bob's Stores/Jani plaza on Cherry Street) has a good fish counter, with Dave of the old Dave's Seafood running it, but I haven't felt the urge to check it out.

                  1. re: harrie

                    I know the Pershing Drive Store. We had a store in that center from when it opened in 1964, approximately where the Chinese Buffet is now.

                    The Klarides on RT 34 replaced the Shop-Rite. It ws a Stop and Shop for a short while after S&S bought Klaride's. Now an Adams IGA. I shop there each week when going to visit mom who is in a nursing home in Derby.
                    The Shop-Rite in Milford is quite a bit above the others. It is not owned by the people who own any of the other local locations. Derby is owned by the same owner as Shelton, a pretty poor operator. The local Shop-Rite on Black Rock Tpk in Fairfield really sucks with sky high prices and lousy service. As I said earlier, Shop-Rite is not a chain, just a buying co-op with some almost decent operators and lots of horrible operations.

                    1. re: bagelman01

                      thank you for your stores, the bagels were beyond good, do you still have some open? I hope so

                      1. re: madeliner

                        I've been out of the business since 1980 (wow I feel old). I bake fresh bagels in my outdoor wood fired pizza oven several times each week, but they are not commercially available.

                        1. re: bagelman01

                          aw that's too bad, your setup at home sounds super

                          are there even any bagel shops left in CT? Is bagel king still around? or was that you ? :)

                          1. re: madeliner

                            There are still Bagel King locations on Main Street in Bridgeport and Blackrock Turnpike in Fairfield. Fairfiled makes a better bagel.

                            I am originally from New Haven and was in the bakery business in Hamden. Because of the contract when I left the business (which continued for another 20+ years) I am not at liberty to name the establishment.

                            1. re: bagelman01

                              Village Bagel in Norwalk and Liz Sue in Stamford & Norwalk still make traditional boil & bake bagels. When I could eat bagels (carbs) I liked both places product.

                              1. re: zackly

                                Never had Liz Sue. Village Bagel had a branch in Milford and was subpar at best.

                                1. re: zackly

                                  I was never crazy about Liz Sue-nice to know they are still in business though

                                2. re: bagelman01

                                  I totally understand you can't name where you worked-thanks for the info re: Bagel King

                                  1. re: madeliner

                                    MIL's favorite is their square Flagel

                          2. re: bagelman01

                            Milford, Hamden , E. & W Haven, Stratford all owned by former District Manager of SRS. SRS was owned by Wakefern and operated out of Rocky Hill , CT in 1990's. Wakefern also owns Price Rite stores.

                            1. re: sakeandgin

                              West Haven and Milford are NOT owned by the same operator. They were when opened in the early 90s, but West Haven was sold off. It is a filthy store. Milford and West Haven are not former Shaw's locations as are Hamden and Stratford, Shelton and Fairfield to name but a few.

                              1. re: bagelman01

                                Bagel Where do you get your information? I am not talking about cleanliness or lack of. The five stores I noted earlier are owned by Milford Markets dba ShopRite. Stratford, West Haven, Hamden, East Haven, Milford.

                                1. re: sakeandgin

                                  When Milford and West Haven were opened they were owned by the same people. Then West Haven was sold off. I moved from the immediate area about 11 years ago (though I am still occasionally in the stores). It seems that Harry Garofalo bought both stores in 2003. I was still in a time warp referencing the second set of owners.

                          3. re: harrie

                            You are correct about the Shop Rite in Milford about the fish counter. The manager is quite friendly and will not hesitate to direct you to what he considers a good hunk of fish. Often he will have sections of tuna/swordfish which he will cut to order. I just missed some steamers for $5.99/lb (they were there for a few days, but when I got around to them.....).

                            Also correct on the Black Bear deli meats (Bagelman01).

                            They do have stuff my wife likes Kashi cereal & Russian Kefir so I get there often enough.

                            The selection of odd meat bits is good for stews etc, but I'd rather pay $25/lb for a good aged steak at Whole Foods a mile up the street when I eat steak.

                            I was talking with the counterman at the Shelton Stop&Shop fish department & he said the quality of the fish went down when they changed their supplier from the Boston area to NYC (to save money allegedly). Apparently the purveyor is living up to "you get what you pay for".

                      2. I've been going to Grade A markets since the 1950's (with my mother) when the Cingari family in Stamford moved to a brick and mortar store, Grade A, from a fruit truck that serviced our neighborhood. I shop @ Shop Rite on CT Ave in Norwalk. It is my go to store although I also visit Stop & Shop, Stew Leonard's. Costco, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods & Fairway in Stamford. Shoprite has the best bang for your buck among these stores. Costco might be cheaper but some things must be bought in larger quantities than I can use. I would rate their departments as follows:
                        Produce B-
                        Deli C
                        Fresh Bakery, Bread B, Desserts C
                        Fancy Cheese C
                        Fresh Seafood D
                        Meat B+
                        Dry Groceries B
                        Specialty groceries D
                        Dairy B- (milk is always expensive)
                        Frozen B-

                        I shop there taking advantage of specials in their weekly flyer. Today for instance I bought a cauliflower head for $2.50, an eggplant $1.29#, a bottom round of beef roast $2.99#, 80/20 ground beef $2.99# chicken thighs $1.29#. For commodity meat, they offer good quality @ fair prices. The bread bakery in the Norwalk store is very good offering artisan style breads at good prices. I don't like Stop & Shop much either although they do a slightly better job @ produce than Shoprite but at much higher prices. Fairway is nice but way expensive except if on sale.

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                        1. re: zackly

                          Fairway seems highly priced because of the expensive perimter artisan shops, but down the ailes their prices are competitive and their vast selection of 80,000 items compares to SR and S&S 35,000 Trader Joes 4,000 and Stew Leonard's 2,500. Their main demo is Foodies who want quality and variety.

                          That said, my favorite Stamford market is the ShopRite on Commerce. It is imaculate with outstanding fish and meat cases manned by working fish mongers and butchers who are not hidden in the back. Mozzerela is home made every day and is the best in town. Sales prices on produce are unbeatable. I do prefer S&S bakery to SR, but the Ridgeway store is a mess and the parking lot impossible to navigate. There is also a S&S across Post Rd from SR, but check the parking lot... usually a quarter of the cars in the Commerce SR.

                          The new Stamford Trader Joes is crowded.tough to park, complicated by heavy slow traffic on High Ridge. I guess as Yogi once said, "It's so crowded nobody goes there anymore."

                          1. re: stamfoodie

                            I would go to Fairway more if I lived closer. I live in Norwalk and between Shoprite, Stewies, Costco & Amazon Grocery I can take care of most of my needs. They do have an awesome product mix but are pricier compared to the other full service grocery stores. My dentist who loves to cook also raves about the Shoprite you like. I think our local Grade A Shoprites are superior because it's a family run business. You can't swing dead cat and not hit a Cingari family member at any given moment in their stores.I still see the patriarch of the family, Sam, occasionally checking up on things and he has to be well into his eighties.

                            1. re: zackly

                              Unfortunately the Cingaris do a shit job running their upcounty stores. Love Norwalk Shop-Rite on CT Ave, but wouldn't buy anything form Derby (old and filthy) or Shelton (extremely poorly managed and stocked) Shop-Rite stores.

                        2. It depends on who owns any given ShopRite store. In NY and NJ, the ones owned by the SAKER company generally tend to be the better SR stores. A big bonus in their stores is the availability of the Saker company owned "World Class" house brand of deli meats and sausage products (which put brands like Boar's Head to shame).

                          In general, just about ANY ShopRite store tends to be better than just about any Stop N Shop, which seems to have gone downhill in recent years both in prices and what they decide to carry. That's how it seems here in Central NJ...it may be different in other regions.

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                          1. re: The Professor

                            Unfortunately your Jersey observations have little to do with what goes on in New England. Jersey is Shop-Rite territory. New England is home to Stop and Shop and they merchandise the stores here much better than in NY or Jersey. Shop Rite in New England has vile Black Bear as the house brand deli...not worthy of using as animal food. In New England BiG Y supermarkets uses the name World Classic for their house brand Deli, also inferior. I agree with you that Boar's Head is crap.

                            1. re: bagelman01

                              Interesting, and thanks for the input.
                              While you're probably right that my NJ observations may not mean much in New England, for clarity purposes it should however be noted that the "World Class" brand of deli meats, sausage, and smoked meat products I mentionedwhich are found only in the Saker owned ShopRit stores have no connection whatsoever to the "World Classics" brand to which you referred.
                              They are two totally different companies, which just happen to have similar names.

                              I've never had the "World Classic" brand products, bu the "World Class" products are more like the products you'd find in the small, old world style ethnic delis which were once plentiful around here, but are sadly becoming extinct.

                              In any case, "World Class" is certainly several notches above lesser brands like Schickhaus, Hillshire Farms, Oscar Meyer, and the dreaded (but unfortunately ubiquitous) Boar's Head.

                              Regarding ShopRite's chain-wide house brand (Black Bear): those are apparently actually manufactured by Dietz & Watson in Philadelphia.

                              1. re: The Professor

                                What's better than Boar's Head? We don't have the 'world class' items at my store-we have black bear which i usually dont buy

                                1. re: The Professor

                                  In Connecticut Dietz and Watson was carried by Shaw's before they abandoned the state. The only store I see carrying it in southern Connecticut is Food Bazaar, an ethnic heavy chain out of NYC. What is mfg for SR as Black Bear is a lesser quality than that marketed under the D&W brand (according to a friend of Mrs. B who is a deli manager for a SR in CT.)

                                  I make and smoke much of our own deli, our home is kosher and I don't care for most of the remaining kosher brands available in the US. In terms of non-kosher Schaller and Weber is probably the best quality with Karl Ehmer giving them a run for their money.

                                  1. re: bagelman01

                                    Unfortunately no grocery stores by me carry any of those brands :(
                                    I am stuck with boar's head I guess for now (which is still better than other brands they carry)

                                    1. re: madeliner

                                      Depending on what you want, ask the Stop and Shop deli manager. S&S's deal with Boar's Head says that only Boar's Head and S&S brand deli (except if they carry Hebrew National Kosher) are allowed to be displayed in the deli showcases. BUT, S&S does stock other brands due to local demand keeping them in the walk in cooler. Here in Trumbull, CT that includes: Deutschmacher liverwurst, Kayem Pastrami, Hummel pastrami and loose hot dogs (made in New Haven).

                                      1. re: bagelman01

                                        Good info I had no idea that even deli showcases were political -but not surprised.

                                        Shop rite does carry Hoffman's cheddar (which I LOVE) and it is never listed in the fliers or on the wall, curious to see what else they are "hiding" Thanks for the tip, I think I'll ask

                                        Now that I think of it StopnShop does carry cooper sharp american but it is never advertised either, hmmm

                                        1. re: madeliner

                                          Political is an interesting word. Supermarkets actually sell shelf/refrigerated space to the manufacturers. That's why it is so hard for a new mfg to get product in the store. They also write contracts for advertising space in the weekly circulars. It's not unusual for Coke and Pepsi to have tied up 48 weeks each year excluding all other soda bottlers from the circulars.

                                    2. re: bagelman01

                                      Definitely with you on the Karl Ehmer stuff...especially their liverwurst products.
                                      Great stuff.

                                      1. re: bagelman01

                                        I believe BJ's in Derby carries Dietz and Watson.