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Visit to Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market

jkgourmet | Dec 10, 2007 07:29 AM

Let's say that maybe I had my sites set too high. I've been to Tesco's in England and was hoping for that kind of ethnic diversity. I was hoping for a Sprout's-type produce department. I was hoping for the attractive pricing that they advertised. What I got as a mixed bag.

The bad:

* Expensive meat - but nice looking stuff. This fish was more reasonable, but not as fresh looking as the meat.
* The check out stations - who ever thought this system up doesn't understand how few people will self-check out, so they have all the check out stands for self-check out, but people standing there to help. Makes the check out area very crowded and confused.
* The produce-all bagged. Want an apple? Gotta get six.
* Not nearly the ethnic variety I was hoping for. Tesco's has a great deal of Indian, Thai and Chinese available. Not so much here.
* Not nearly the expected number of pre-prepared, ready to go meals that I expected. Isn't this what they are advertising?
* Cold feeling, and I don't mean temperature. Maybe it's the florescent lighting, but this isn't making me feel like smiling at the customer service people. In fact, I don't remember if they smiled at me.

The good:

* Small servings on some items like pasta sauces, bread. Just the right size for two, and priced accordingly.
* Inexpensive and small cuts of cheese. I haven't tasted it yet, so I can't vouch for the quality.
* Slightly cheaper prices on many items, especially impulse items. That 99 cent bag of Doritoes is only 92 cents here.
* Lots of organic and 'green' products (not my interest, but for many this is a welcome alternative.)
* Small store concept but you really could do all your shopping here. You just won't have 10 choices of dishwasher soap to choose from.

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