My local grocery store has been undergoing renovations for the past few months. I’ve been fairly impressed with the method they’re using – work is being done overnight so as to disrupt shopping as little as possible. With the tiny exception of moving shelves so no one knows where anything is, it’s been pretty successful.
The entire chain seems to be undergoing a bit of a rebranding in order to compete, but one thing has me a little irked: the claim that they’ve lowered prices on “thousands of items.” Why does this frustrate me? Well, the way I look at it, they’ve either lowered the price so little that it won’t make a real dent in their bottom line or the prices were jacked up too high to begin with.
I’m pleased that the store is cleaning up its act – it’s the most convenient store for me to shop at. The store is barely a block away, so I never have to drive or park, and even if it’s freezing cold or pouring, it’s still the most convenient. I can’t say that I ever felt the prices were higher than other stores in the area, and I’m certainly not complaining that I will be paying less than I was two weeks ago, but at the same time, it makes me wonder how much of the food price increase is due to the economy and how much of it is due to store owners realizing that they can take advantage and make some extra money.