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  •  Virulently anti union (2+ / 0-)
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    PHScott, weck

    many union folks in NJ won't shop there because of that. haven't hurt regional ( and unionized ) rival Shop Rite at all, which anticipated their every move. they say its not a bad place to work, but i don't trust worker surveys. There's no reason they can't follow Costco and allow their workers to organize. the steaks in themeat section are prepackaged, as one worker told me, to avoid union butchers, same tactic Walmart used when their meatcutters voted union, they just got rid of meatcutters. Does this make them evil? No i guess not, but it makes them part of the problem.

    •  I use a local Shop-Rite for most staples, but-- (1+ / 0-)
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      weck

      --the fruits and vegetables appear to have come from bins previously rejected by Wegman's, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop and the like. Very unappetizing.

      •  the ones near me are all new (0+ / 0-)

        and have the best produce you can get. Really it's no contest; Wegman's has nothing to make me switch. Worse, they have far less variety and forget it when it comes to local brands. Not saying they are a bad store or are terrible employers, but their attitude towards the union is disappointing, so they would have to offer something better to entice me, and they do not. I do sometimes shop there for convenience, but when i do I know i'm paying a few dollars more for the same loaf of bread than I would at any of the other supermarkets, unless i buy their brand, and their breads truly suck. To be fair, that is true at all the other supermarkets' in house brands here as well. things like bagels are similarly overpriced. if you are charging more but are unwilling to deal with the unions, I have to wonder where the extra profits go.....but they do get you in and out fast, but that's largely because they do not have the volume here the local shop rite has. Caveat; i do not Think that Shop Rite is saintly; they try to cut hours and benefits too, but they have not decided there can be no unions at all.

    •  Publix is also employee owned (1+ / 0-)
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      weck

      "Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States."

      "You are what you write, not what you look like."

      by PHScott on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:26:00 AM PDT

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