Grocery stores: when ‘good enough’ will do

Sure, I do the grocery store/food-buying round robin: New Seasons, Trader Joe’s, farmer’s markets, specialty stores, meat markets (discovered Gartner’s last week, in fact), etc. I also do the occasional big-box food shop: Costco, Freddy’s, Winco. And I’m looking into signing up for a CSA so I can have fresh local organic fruits and veggies at my fingertips.

But if I need to pick up ‘just a few things’ and I want to get in and out in record time, well – I go to QFC.

Yes, I know that deli ham I picked up yesterday was from Kroger/Fred Meyer. And I could have probably picked out that single meyer lemon more cheaply at TJ’s.

But QFC sharpens my knives for me if I leave them overnight. They gladly pack my 13 items in a bag branded with Someone Else’s Logo without comment. And – most importantly – I can make that trip for those 13 items painlessly, in record time, and without dropping significant bills behind me in the process.

So when ‘good enough’ is all that I need – well, I’m glad QFC is there to fill the bill!

2 Comments so far

  1. McAngryPants (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

    i HATE all stores that require ‘members cards" least you be raped at checkout. QFC and SAFEWAY get little to none of my business because of this practice. IMHO, Fred Meyers’ has the best ‘members’ system.

  2. divebarwife (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

    That’s funny, ’cause I actually think it’s the opposite. At Safeway and such even if you don’t have one of their cards – they’ll always just swipe a card for you to get the discount, or you can use a card that you never register so that they don’t get any of your info if you don’t want them to.

    But at FM to get the benefit – you have to register your card and give them your info and if you don’t have it on you, you just lose the ‘points.’

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