Pathmark Supermarket Stores are part of the The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, more commonly known as A & P Stores. The Group under their umbrella include Waldbaums, Super Fresh, The Food Emporioum and Food Basics. Food Basics is a pretty crappy store, but after my visit today at my local Pathmark, I can't believe there is a worse market, or chain.
The slogan for Pathmark is * Pathmark | The Best Value Grocery Store in the Neighborhood *. It must be the only store in the neighborhood for that to be true.
As I've opined in previous threads, I find Pathmark stocks inferior quality items compared to other Supermarket Chains, e.g., they used to sell Select Grade Meat for the same price the other stores sold Choice Grade for. On everyday items, they are .50-1.00 higher on the same items. Not very good value in my opinion. Based on another thread on Corned Beef, it fairly common for any market to price down CB after St. Paddy's Day. My regular shopping is done at ShopRite Supermarkets, but they only carry Flat Cuts. Pathmark probably carries Flat Cuts, but in the past, they have always carried the Point Cut as well. For the record, I do not consider the Point to be an inferior product..but rather it's my preferred cut for CB in the markets, so thus my visit to Pathmark to see what the after holiday deal was if any. Much to my expectations, I came to find deceptive and incorrect pricing in my short 10 minute walk through the store. While the CB was available at discount, you had to qualify the purchase with an additional $25 purchase to save what amounted to approximately $3 overall. Not a great deal in my opinion. To add further insult to the consumer, their advertised specials and meat pricing clearly overcharge the consumer and are not deal at all. In the example of Fried Chicken, it cost more to purchase one *Advertised Special* of 20 pieces for $24.98. You could purchase the same Fried Chicken in three separate container eight piece packs @ $7.99 each, or extended to &23.97. That's FOUR MORE PIECES for less money. With the example of the Cornish Hen, the sticker indacated the CH was 3.75 pounds priced at $2.99/lb. or extended to $11.24....the problem is the Cornish Hen only weighed 1.75 pound. They snuck in an extra TWO POUNDS AND SIX BUCKS on some unsuspecting consumer.
The moral of the story is to avoid Pathmark....or at the very least BUYER BEWARE....and you may come out not being ripped off and possibly walking out with a good deal on a Manager's Special like I did with a ONE pound Cornish Hen, Priced at $2.99 with an instant $2 off coupon, netting me the CH for only 99 cents.