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Walking Dead’s New Set?

Nope, it’s just a typical Friday at the Market Basket. Yep, this snap was taken on FRIDAY! What normally looks like a mad dash for the latest Cabbage Patch Kids release (my age revieled) with folks jamming up supplies for the beach and the weekend cookouts, looks more like an abandoned prison about to run over by zombies.

This thing has a spooky feel at this point. (you know your trying to see who’s vehicles those are)

I guess that’s why it’s singular in the name…Basket.

Let’s hope these hard working and committed folks get their life and jobs back before it’s too late. And let’s hope it’s before it’s starts to look like Fuller, and we start calling it Ghetto Basket.

Who’s All In On The Market Basket Boycott?

There’s a Facebook Page with 35,626 Likes-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Market-Basket/136649323208808

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The Open Door 3-Minute Shopping Spree Winner!

Hi Joey,

Kathi Murphy ran The Open Door 3-Minute Shopping Spree this morning at Market Basket filling her cart with more than $1500 worth of groceries to help feed her big family for the next year! Congratulations to Kathi for a good run!

The Shopping Spree Raffle is offered each year as a fundraiser for The Open Door! Watch next August for your chance to enter and WIN!

Happy holidays and Onward!
Julie

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GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Click to listen- With Host Joey C and Guest Bill O'Connor

GloucesterCast Taped 4/27/2013 with Host Joey Ciaramitaro an Guest Bill O’Connor

Topics Include: North Shore Kid, Schooner Ardelle,Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Flynn Beach or Oakes Cove Beach, Local Gas Prices, Market Basket vs Shaws and Stop and Shop, Seaport Grille, Appleton Farm CSA, Composting,

Comparison Shopping Gloucester’s Big Three Supermarkets Stop and Shop, Market Basket and Shaws

I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.  Real world comparison of staple items that I always buy and have on hand.  The 5 items were selected ahead of time, not knowing what the prices would be at all three places and without prejudice as to what I thought might be cheaper at one store or another.

The 5 items are Granny Smith Apples, Chobani Yogurt, Store Brand Almonds, Store Brand Plain Soy Milk, Store Brand Peanut Butter.

Round 1: Chobani Yogurt-

Stop and Shop $4.99

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $6.49

Round 2: Granny Smith Apples

Stop and Shop $1.69 Lb

Market Basket .99 Lb

Shaws $1.17 Lb

Round 3: 40 Oz Store Brand Peanut Butter

Stop and Shop $5.19

Market Basket $4.99

Shaws $5.69

Round 4: Almonds Store Brand

Stop and Shop $8.98 Lb (On Sale) Normally $9.98 Lb

Market Basket $5.05 Lb

Shaws $10.87 Lb

Round 5: Plain Soy Milk Store Brand

Stop and Shop $2.79

Market Basket $2.50

Shaws $3.49

Again remember I did not pre-scout these items to select things that would have outrageous price differences but picked them before I entered the first stop.

My guess that Market Basket was most often much cheaper was confirmed and confirmed by a mile.

If you bought one unit of each of these items at each of these stores your total would be

Stop and Shop $23.64

Market Basket $18.52

Shaws $27.71

The difference of $9.19 more money for the five items at Shaws over Market Basket is ASTOUNDING.  That is nearly 50% more money.  It would cost you 27% more to purchase the same items at Stop and Shop over Market Basket.

I don’t know about you but when the banks pay you what amounts to negative returns on your money after fees, 27% or 49% savings on your money is HUGE!

This took a while to compile and label each image, I hope it helps you make informed decisions on where to shop.

Comparing Cream Prices

To clarify, prices for one pint, or 16 ounces, of Hood Heavy Cream are as follows:

Market Basket Hood Heavy Cream – $2.19

Stop and Shop Hood Heavy Cream  – $2.39

Shaws Hood Heavy Cream  –               $3.69

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I did not have time this morning to compare the individual store’s in-house brands of cream however, when I was passing through the produce department at Market Basket, their price of a box of the brand Darling Clementines caught my eye.  Currently, as of today, the price of Darling Clementines is 2.00 higher at Market Basket than at Stop and Shop. When I ran into Stop and Shop the day before Christmas to purchase heavy cream and Clementines my total came to Hood 16 oz. heavy cream, 2.39 + Darling Clementines, 3.99 = $6.38. If I had run into Market Basket for the exact same items the cost would have been Hood 16 0z. heavy cream, 2.19 + Darling Clementines, 5.99 = 8.18. Total savings to our household by shopping at Stop and Shop = $1.80.

I find both Stop and Shop and Market Baskets prices competitive and that we all have the potential to benefit from competition between the two markets.

Hood Heavy Cream at Stop and Shop

 Stop and Shop Heavy Cream©Kim Smith

Yesterday while picking up cream for our holiday pies I was reminded of Joey’s post from several weeks ago, “Can this tiny thing of heavy cream really cost $3.69???,” where he pointed out the ridiculous cost of the 16 ounce Hood heavy cream from Shaws, priced at $3.69.  GMG reader Jenna commented that the Market Basket price was $2.99. Yesterday, the 16 ounce container of heavy cream at Stop and Shop was $2.39. I am glad to see these more competitive prices from both Stop and Shop and Market Basket. For the grocery items I purchase for my family, Stop and Shop’s prices are consistently the least expensive of the three chains.

Open Door Market Basket 3 Minute Shopping Spree Winner Frantically Fills Her Cart and Our Boy Craig Kimberley Captures It All With Mounted Cams

Watch Beth make the mad dash! She has 3 minutes to grab all the groceries she can at the Gloucester Market Basket. (Winner of the www.foodpantry.org fund raiser raffle)

I don’t care what anyone says- You give me an option of anyone I know to shoot and edit video I’ll take Craig Kimberley 100 times out of 100.  Watch this masterpiece and tell me if you agree.

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If you need convincing check out what he did for our GMG Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Video-

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or the Horribles Parade Video-

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You got commercial video to produce or a show to do- Craig Kimberley is THE MAN.

Check out The Open Door Food Pantry website below-

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Gloucester Crossing Market Basket

Much like the Danvers store there were plenty of cashiers on hand and check out was a breeze.  The staff is very well trained and helpful.  My guess is that they are trained that if you make eye contact with them that they are supposed to ask if you need help finding something because every single employee I looked at asked how they could help.

As I was leaving the store with my three small bags of groceries a young man asked if he could carry my groceries to my truck.  I didn’t need the help but I imagine that women with children or elderly folks would really appreciate this service.

If you listened to the video interview the Director of Operations Manager David tells us they hired over 270 new Gloucester employees.  That’s pretty damn good.  I understand that these aren’t the highest paying jobs but when you see these teenagers dressed in ties and well groomed showing up for work it’s a whole lot better than seeing them kicking around unemployed on the street.

If a family of four spent an average of $200 per week on groceries before Market Basket came to town, that bill will be reduced by at least $50 per week.  That’s $2600 per year which goes directly back into Gloucester households.  For some folks that’s a tax bill for the year.

Gloucester Crossing Market Basket, originally uploaded by captjoe06.


Where will you be shopping this week?

With Market Basket opening Wednesday morning at 7am, the grocery price wars will be beneficial to all of us. Shaw’s and Stop and Shop have some great deals this week. I think I’ll be shopping the sales. How about you? Will you be heading for MB or checking out the flyers for the best prices?


Market Basket 15 Check Out Lines Packed

I can’t believe how bad Market Basket is spanking our supermarkets’ asses. This place was jammed! I counted 15 check out lanes with their lights on and at least 3 people deep. when was the last time you saw that at one of our local super markets?

The fact that they don’t allow a Market Basket at The Drive-In location is like having an additional tax to our local residents. You easily save 25-30% on your groceries not to mention gas money if you had a Market Basket in Gloucester.